Asus A7N8X motherboard "compatible" with OS/2?

Asus A7N8X motherboard "compatible" with OS/2?

Post by Dariusz Piatkows » Wed, 02 Apr 2003 05:18:21



Hi Everyone!

I'm considering purchasing the Asus A7N8X motherboard for my Athlon XP 2600
based system. The nForce chipsets seem to currently have an advantage over
the VIA 333/400 series thus the Asus mb choice.

Can anyone tell me of their experience with this particular mb and OS/2?

As of the latest (about to be released) Dani driver set (1.6.3) I am being
told by her the nForce IDE controller support is going to go from
"experimental" to "steady/production worthy"...so at least that one issue
is solved.

Is there anything else that may cause OS/2 problems?

Thanks.

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Asus A7N8X motherboard "compatible" with OS/2?

Post by Brad BARCLA » Wed, 02 Apr 2003 06:27:09



> Hi Everyone!

> I'm considering purchasing the Asus A7N8X motherboard for my Athlon XP 2600
> based system. The nForce chipsets seem to currently have an advantage over
> the VIA 333/400 series thus the Asus mb choice.

> Can anyone tell me of their experience with this particular mb and OS/2?

        I don't have any experience with this specific board and OS/2, but I
did just recently finish setting up an A7N266-VM to run RedHat 8.0.
It's an absolutely beautiful motherboard -- built in Dolby Digital 5.1
audio subsystem (with both RCA and toslink optical audio out connectors
along with the standard analogue stereo connectors), nVidia GeForce2
graphics, built in NIC, and 4 USB ports.  I was in love :).

        ...Until it come time to actually put Linux on the system, at which
point it became rather painful.  RH8 doesn't support most of its
hardware subsystems out of the box -- I couldn't even install it in GUI
mode.  I had to install it in text mode, download a pile of drivers from
nVidia, and do a pile of custom setup to get everything working.  A
royal PITA -- but I did eventually get it all working correctly.

Quote:> As of the latest (about to be released) Dani driver set (1.6.3) I am being
> told by her the nForce IDE controller support is going to go from
> "experimental" to "steady/production worthy"...so at least that one issue
> is solved.

> Is there anything else that may cause OS/2 problems?

        The USB subsystem may not work under OS/2.  Same goes for the Dolby
Digital 6 channel audio subsystem and the built-in nVidia NIC.  If you
go for the "deluxe" model, the 3Com NIC might work, but the IEEE
1394/Firewire/i.Link port won't.

        HTH!

Brad BARCLAY

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Asus A7N8X motherboard "compatible" with OS/2?

Post by Dariusz Piatkows » Wed, 02 Apr 2003 06:56:29


I was actually thinking of picking up the straight "no-frills" model, which
is just the A7N8X as opposed to the DELUXE version. No NIC, no FireWire,
etc...I plan on using an Intel Pro 10/100 NIC instead.

Initially I was more concerned about the nForce IDE controller not being
supported, and the built-in sound I realize is a bit of hit or miss
situation. I'm just wondering about any major issues or problems running
OS/2 on this board.

The only other unknown is the USB sub-system...but since I belive these are
pretty generic implementations I hope there wouldn't be any issues there.
So I'm kind of hoping that the standard IBM USB driver will work. I was
hoping someone would chime in with their personal experience on this...

Thanks for advice.



Quote:>    The USB subsystem may not work under OS/2.  Same goes for the Dolby
> Digital 6 channel audio subsystem and the built-in nVidia NIC.  If you
> go for the "deluxe" model, the 3Com NIC might work, but the IEEE
> 1394/Firewire/i.Link port won't.

>    HTH!

> Brad BARCLAY

- Dariusz

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Asus A7N8X motherboard "compatible" with OS/2?

Post by Kevin Haman » Wed, 02 Apr 2003 09:18:29




> I was actually thinking of picking up the straight "no-frills" model, which
> is just the A7N8X as opposed to the DELUXE version. No NIC, no FireWire,
> etc...I plan on using an Intel Pro 10/100 NIC instead.

I'm running A7N8X non deluxe with an athlon thoroughbred b 2100+
overclocked to 2600+ and 512 MB Kingston ram. The system runs OS/2
with the Dani ide driver (I think I'm at ver 1.6.1).  Plenty fast and
no problems so far.  I'm using a Linksys 5.1 network card with the
Amdek driver from the nicpak.  Works well.  The Intel is even better,
but the Linksys was readily available and cheap ($5USD).

Quote:> Initially I was more concerned about the nForce IDE controller not being
> supported, and the built-in sound I realize is a bit of hit or miss
> situation. I'm just wondering about any major issues or problems running
> OS/2 on this board.

Haven't found any problems with the board yet, but I'm not using the
built in NIC,
sound, or USB at this point.  I'm using a SB Live for sound.  Haven't
wanted to set up the USB yet.

The only hassle I've had is that I got a Nvidia GeForce 4 Ti 4200 8x
agp card before Scitech got one. The driver is in the works though.
*sigh*

Kevin
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Asus A7N8X motherboard "compatible" with OS/2?

Post by Brad BARCLA » Wed, 02 Apr 2003 12:01:52



> I was actually thinking of picking up the straight "no-frills" model, which
> is just the A7N8X as opposed to the DELUXE version. No NIC, no FireWire,
> etc...I plan on using an Intel Pro 10/100 NIC instead.

> Initially I was more concerned about the nForce IDE controller not being
> supported, and the built-in sound I realize is a bit of hit or miss
> situation. I'm just wondering about any major issues or problems running
> OS/2 on this board.

> The only other unknown is the USB sub-system...but since I belive these are
> pretty generic implementations I hope there wouldn't be any issues there.
> So I'm kind of hoping that the standard IBM USB driver will work. I was
> hoping someone would chime in with their personal experience on this...

        I wouldn't put much hope in the USB subsystem working.  There really
isn't any such thing as a "generic" implementation -- as you may recall,
there was a lengthy period of time in which only Intel-based USB
motherboard chipsets were supported by the IBM USB drivers -- VIA chips
simply weren't supported.  As this board is using an nVidia chipset, I'd
say that the odds of USB working under OS/2 are against you.

        Similar story for the sound subsystem.

        Sorry I don't have any specific experience with this board under OS/2
-- I see that someone else running OS/2 on this board has posted their
experiences, so hopefully you can go from there.  Best of luck!

Brad BARCLAY

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Asus A7N8X motherboard "compatible" with OS/2?

Post by Dariusz Piatkows » Wed, 02 Apr 2003 12:27:55


Hmm, I guess I'm hoping for the best, my "inspiration" being the IBM's USB
basic readme statements:

2.6 List of Tested UHCI Adapters or Controllers
===============================================
  2.6.1.  D-Link DU-A2 PCI USB controller
  2.6.2.  Intel 82371AB/EB PCI to USB Universal Host Controller
  2.6.3.  Intel 82801AA USB Universal Host Controller
  2.6.4.  Intel 82801CA/CAM USB Universal Host Controller

2.7 List of Tested OHCI Adapters
================================
  2.7.1.  Entrega PCI4U 4Port USB Upgrade
  2.7.2.  Belkin USB BusPort F5U005
  2.7.3.  Sis 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller

2.8 List of Tested EHCI Adapters
===============================
  2.8.1.  Adaptec USB2Connect Adapter Card AUA-3100LP
  2.8.2.  USB 2.0 Hi-Speed PCI Card F5U220
  2.8.3.  Intel 845 based motherboard with built-in USB 2.0 chipset

2.9  Requirements
=================

2.9.1  Hardware
        Any PCI to USB Host Controller compatible with
        USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 specification and using
        UHCI, OHCI or EHCI interface.

So I'm thinking no specific mention of VIA chipsets there either, yet my
old, old, ancient VIA USB controller is working.

Hopefully someone responds with an answer to this...



Quote:>    I wouldn't put much hope in the USB subsystem working.  There really
> isn't any such thing as a "generic" implementation -- as you may recall,
> there was a lengthy period of time in which only Intel-based USB
> motherboard chipsets were supported by the IBM USB drivers -- VIA chips
> simply weren't supported.  As this board is using an nVidia chipset, I'd
> say that the odds of USB working under OS/2 are against you.
> Brad BARCLAY

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Asus A7N8X motherboard "compatible" with OS/2?

Post by Andrew Stephens » Thu, 03 Apr 2003 00:32:52




Quote:> Hmm, I guess I'm hoping for the best, my "inspiration" being
> the IBM's USB basic readme statements:

> [list]

> So I'm thinking no specific mention of VIA chipsets there
> either, yet my old, old, ancient VIA USB controller is working.

> Hopefully someone responds with an answer to this...

Not long ago at all, I reported in depth about my experiences of
getting USB working on an Asus A7V333-X.  I tried to crosspost to
the OS/2 storage NG but muffed the details, so try Googling on NG
"comp.os.os2.misc" with me as Author and "A7V333-X" in the text
during March 2003.

Broadly: the m/b has a VT8235 USB 2.0 setup.  I had to use a mix
of latest-IBM and Chris Wohlgemuth drivers.  Works fine here with
a LaCie 20GB Pocket Drive; haven't tried any other USB bits yet.
--
Andrew Stephenson

 
 
 

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