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ECS KBN-I/2100 AMD E1-2100 Dual Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs not quite OK out-of-box for ubuntu server 12/18/2013

This review is from: ECS KBN-I/2100 AMD E1-2100 Dual Core processor Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

Pros: low power

Cons: (1) frame buffer totally messed up on bootup
(2) nic needs attention
(3) the setup time needed turned this into an expensive Linux installation for the first time.

Other Thoughts: if installing Linux, some TLC needed.
(1) Booting Ubuntu Server (12.04 or 12.04.03 or 13.10, have tried all three) the screen is completely garbled. This can be remedied uncommenting the line
GRUB_TERMINAL=console
in /etc/default/grub and then
$ sudo update-grub
$ sudo reboot
Note that you will have to ssh into the box to do that, since the console is completely unusable until the above happens; so check ssh server at install time!
(2) you need at least a 3.8 kernel. For Ubuntu, my 12.04 platform standard had to be upset because 3.2 does not provide for the 8111 realtek nic in this board. The following worked for me:
Install Ubuntu Server 12.04.3 LTS
$ sudo apt-get install linux-firmware
$ sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree
$ sudo reboot
The next time I run into this kind of grief I will return the hardware. Way too much nonsense, should have stuck with my preferred brands.

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SYBA PCI 64-bit Firewire 1394b Controller Card Model SD-FWB-64B
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works like a charm in a PCI-X slot (Asus P6T WS Pro mobo) for at least 1 FireWire 800 connection, powering up an external SSD and clocking around 80MByte/sec solidly on Windows 7 64 (with large files). Operation was plug-and-play, no setup hassles, Win 7 64 recognized the device and installed drivers automatically.

Cons: Mechanical setup of back-facing connectors somewhat cheap. If all connectors opearate at the same time, PCI-64 at 33 MHz (what the card supports) will likely be swamped, but this latter point is, in my case, academic. (Probably can operate any two reasonably well, much will depend on the driver, not tested)

Other Thoughts: Will buy another

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XFX Active Mini DisplayPort  to SL-DVI Adapter Model MA-AP01-ND1K
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: If operational, it works as promised. Connected an XFX 6870 mini displayport to 1920x1080 monitor using the monitor's DVI plug. Worked well.

Cons: Ordered two: one worked, one did not. I've tried all the necessary combinations of monitors (3 identical 1920x1080, one 1200x1024, all known working), mini-displayports (two, working at least one at a time for sure, see other thoughts), dongles, and regular DVI (2 on the card, known working).

Other Thoughts: With two monitors (1200x and 1920x) hooked up to DVI on the card, if I used exactly one dongle at a time on one of the mini-DP and then on the other, CCC (Catalyst control center) would recognise a third monitor with a dongle, but not with its brother. (Yes, I did swap cables and monitors).

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Alberto S.'s Profile

Display Name: Alberto S.

Date Joined: 07/08/05

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 12/06/06
  • Last Review: 12/18/13
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