"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."