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Jack M.

Jack M.

Joined on 02/21/03

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Most Favorable Review

Great board, Linux Ethernet DOES work

ECS 945GCD-M(1.0) Intel Atom 330 Intel 945GC Micro ATX Motherboard / CPU Combo
ECS 945GCD-M(1.0) Intel Atom 330 Intel 945GC Micro ATX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: Great little board. Just built a pair of file servers for a non-profit org with this board in an Antec NSK 4480 II case, with a stick of RAM, a hard drive, a DVD drive, and CentOS. Makes a quiet machine with just two slowly turning fans: case fan set on low, and thermostatically-controlled PSU fan. Plenty of processing and display power for a server with GUI sysadmin tools and office apps.

Cons: Gigabit Ethernet chip, Atheros AR8131M, is too new to be supported by CentOS 5.4 initial installation. Simple fix: download and install kmod-atl1c from ELRepo (currently in testing repo), then enable ELRepo repositories to get future updates 'automagically'.

Overall Review: First found driver source AR81Family-linux-v1.0.1.0.tar.gz, then discovered ELRepo, an RPM repository for Enterprise Linux packages. Many thanks to the guys & gals there! See also Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 514069.

Most Critical Review

Mobo +4 Rebate -2

ZOTAC IONITX-F-E Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core) MCP7A-ION Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
ZOTAC IONITX-F-E Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core) MCP7A-ION Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: Motherboard continues to work well after five months.

Cons: Rebate still not paid after five months.

Overall Review: Will likely get another Intel Atom / Nvidia Ion for a HTPC. Will look for a more reputable brand.