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Signal Ground: Running Linux on the AOpen AX3S Pro Motherboard

Sep 25, 2000, 21:34 (2 Talkback[s])
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"The AX3S Pro is AOpen's first board to utilize Intel's i815E (otherwise known as Solano2) chipset. This is Intel's long awaited SDRAM enabled chipset that is quickly going to replace the long in the tooth but still popular BX chipset. According to Intel's road map the BX is going to be phased out by the end of the year and the i815E will continue to ramp into designs."

"The best supported Linux OS is certainly Red Hat 6.2. When using the integrated video portion of the AX3S, all of the Intel driver documentation is written with RH6.2 in mind. I found that loading RH6.2, while utilizing the embedded video, required the selection of a generic VGA adapter during setup. Then I was able to carefully follow the driver installation details provided by Intel in getting the i810/i815 X server working. All in all, Intel does a superb job of hand holding and even a newbie like myself was able to make it work."

The AOpen AX3S is simply one of the finest motherboards I've ever had the pleasure to test. The attention to detail was superb, the feature set completely modern and the stability and performance awesome. There are certainly other boards on the market that may equal the quality of this AOpen i815E offering, but I doubt any boards surpass it in many areas. ... As far as the Signal Ground team is concerned, this board is highly recommended."

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