Re: Fedora Core 1 on an ASUS A7V600 motherboard

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> Hi,
> I've just bought an ASUS A7V600 motherboard (VIA KT600) and wondered if
> anyone here had already some experience in getting it to work properly
> with Fedora Core 1.
> Here are the specs :
> Basically :
> - 3Com Gigabit Ethernet : Needs a driver download from, for a
> source based kernel module named 3c2000.o which seems to work (compiels
> fine against FC1's kernel-source, loads, chip gets detected, haven't
> actually tested the interface yet). Does anyone know if this may get
> included into the mainstream kernel or patched into the Fedora one? The
> module seems to be released under the GNU GPL :
> $ grep LICENSE *
> skge.c: * MODULE_LICENSE was introduced in 2.4.10 */

Yep; I had to go to 2.6 with sk98lin to get it working.

> - Integrated VIA Serial ATA : I've read here and there that there is a
> SATA patch for 2.4 somewhere (included in 2.4.22-ac4 it seems) which
> provides a sata_via.o module. Certainly what I need, but what is the
> easiest and cleanest way to get it in? Is there a patch against the
> Fedora kernel floating around? As I'd really prefer that...

Haven't tried it but shows up in kernel messages.

> - On board ATA133 ports : I'm unable to boot from drives connected to
> those regular IDE ports, I currently have to boot from a floppy, and
> can't get GRUB into the MBR it seems :
> [root@phoenix root]# df
> Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
> /dev/hda1            196015808  26788852 169226956  14% /
> none                    516364         0    516364   0% /dev/shm
> [root@phoenix root]# grub-install /dev/hda
> /dev/hda does not have any corresponding BIOS drive.

Strange.  I didn't have any such problems.  Fedora Install worked as usual.

> Is there a way to get around this? I've looked at all possible BIOS
> options, tested many combinations (the hard drive is seen by the BIOS
> and listed in the boot devices) but to no avail.
> I'd like to have the system disks on the S-ATA interface anyway, so this
> may be a non-issue if I can get S-ATA working properly.
> - IDE RAID on the Serial ATA : Has anyone tried it? Does the S-ATA patch
> even work with it, e.g. is it real hardware based RAID or not? I've had
> really bad experiences with Promise IDE RAID in the past, and would
> probably go for software RAID1 unless I get lots of positive feedback
> for that VIA chipset (which I don't really count on).
> Overall it looks like a nice motherboard. Hopefully not to "cheap"
> though...
> Feedback very much appreciated.
> Matthias
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> Fedora Core release 1 (Yarrow) - Linux kernel 2.4.22-1.2129.nptl
> Load : 0.76 0.84 0.63
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