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SUPERMICRO MBD-H8SGL-F ATX Server Motherboard Socket G34 AMD SR5650 DDR3 1600/1333/1066
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: None about which we can write.

Cons: The board we received does not power up and has been tested with two different server grade power supplies to eliminate a power supply problem as the cause.

The documentation supplied on the driver CD shipped with the board isn't in agreement with the actual product. For example, mention is made of an onboard power LED labeled DP3, which is supposed to be located adjacent the pin header JD1. Careful examination of the board shows that no such LED is in that location and nothing in that area illuminates when power is applied.

However, there is an LED on the other side of the board adjacent to the PCI slots, about which no mention is made in the documentation. When standby power is applied DP3 is initially dark, but starts flashing approximately 15 seconds later. Nothing about this is mentioned in the documentation as well, so we have no idea what is going on.

Other Thoughts: As the board is inoperative we cannot recommend. We are very disappointed with this product, and expect a server motherboard selling at 200-plus dollars to be in serviceable condition. We have been unable to get assistance to resolve this matter.

ViewSonic VA705-LED Black 17
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Ideal for Server Console Application 04/14/2014

This review is from: ViewSonic VA705-LED Black 17" 5ms LED Backlight LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 DC 10,000,000:1 (1000:1)

Pros: This monitor has a sharp display and is more than adequate for use with servers, where a large display very high resolution is not required. The LED backlighting means that this unit should last much longer than one with CCF backlighting. See more below

Cons: There are no cons at this time. The longest period of time in which we have had one of these monitors in service is three years, so we don't have any life data to report.

Other Thoughts: We ship these monitors with our Uni-FI® Linux® servers, so we know how well they do in such applications. In most of these applications, the display is in VGA text mode and since the console is where the operating system will write any critical notifications, the display is enabled at all times. As a CCF backlit monitor has an expected continuous operating life of 10,000 to 15,000 hours, we have had to instruct clients to shut of the monitor whenever it wasn't needed. We no longer have to do so since LED backlighting was introduced.

StarTech 1 Port PCI Parallel Adapter Card Model PCI1P2
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Could not Use in Intended Application 02/07/2014

This review is from: StarTech 1 Port PCI Parallel Adapter Card Model PCI1P2

Pros: The only pro we can report is that the hardware itself was functional, which was determined by install this adapter into a Windows machine, loading the driver and testing it with our parallel port diagnostic tools.

Cons: The intended application was to provide a parallel port in a Linux server whose motherboard doesn't have the requisite hardware. StarTech claims that this adapter has support for the Linux 2.4 and 2.6 kernels, which turned out to not be the case.

Linux reported that the adapter had been enumerated during initial boot, but as expected, could not link a driver into the running kernel. No Linux drivers were supplied with the adapter and the one that was available on the StarTech was completely unusable—we have no idea what their download is supposed to be. No source code was available to build a driver and there also was no RPM or other similar mechanism via which a driver binary could be loaded.

Not having any apparent means of operating in the Linux environment, we could not use this adapter and added it to our "recycle bin" of junk electronic parts as the cost of return was almost that of its value.

Other Thoughts: We do not recommend this product due to misleading advertising by StarTech.


Bill B.'s Profile

Display Name: Bill B.

Date Joined: 01/28/11

  • Reviews: 51
  • Helpfulness: 35
  • First Review: 10/05/09
  • Last Review: 11/05/14
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