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Signal Ground: Soyo SY-7VMA Mainboard with VIA's ProSavage PM133 Chipset [Motherboard Review]

Dec 05, 2000, 20:45 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The SY-7VMA seems, at first glance, to be another typical mainboard from Soyo. There is the conservative slot complement of 1 AGP / 5 PCI / 1 ISA which allows you to continue using that ISA modem card you're still hanging on to. There is an integrated AC'97 audio codec in the southbridge. The Socket370 processor socket can take all the typical CPUs from Intel (like Pentium III and Celeron I/II). Three DIMM memory slots can support up to 1.5GB of PC-100/PC-133 SDRAM/VCM SDRAM and provide ECC capability...."

"Things ended up better under RH7 than I was originally anticipating. The Savage4 video was going to be the big challenge. As we've mentioned in previous mainboard reviews, the AC'97 VIA 686a audio can be brought to life with the ALSA drivers so that wasn't a worry...."

"After surfing around, I was able to find a Savage4 driver for Linux on the S3 website. There is a few other versions on some mainboard websites like the one for Soltek, but Soyo had nothing Linux-related available. The driver is built for Xfree86 3.3.6, and since this is what my default install of RH7 has, it installed flawlessly. After using gunzip and getting files onto the test box, the install file on this driver ran successfully and I rebooted X to find high resolution video now supported."

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