Re: Subject: Linux Hardware Nightmare!
From: Peter Köhlmann (Peter.Koehlmann_at_t-online.de)
Date: Mon, 05 Jan 2004 12:42:44 +0100
Reza Roboubi wrote:
> I do not at all think that Linux should support all (crappy) hardware
> that is out there. It is perfectly okay with me, if Linux supports a
> decent selection of properly designed hardware, and does it
> _flawlessly_. "Flawless" is what Linux, for the most part, is known
> for anyway.
> However, I have had this TERRIBLE X-freeze problem with my machine.
> After _much_ research, I realized that it is probably a bug (hardware
> or driver related) that will never go away :(
Oh yes, you did *lots* of research. Google shows you did a whopping *one*
post in 4 month, and that one was to a test group. Would you like to take a
look at your "research" again?
> You see, I have some VIA chips, and they seem buggy (or Linux does.)
> I found posts such as this:
Congrats. You found a post about "experimental" (at that time) drivers. And
it is nearly *three* *years* old
> plus _many_ more VIA "DMA bug" related posts. Could not read them
Yep. In a thread 9 msgs long, and this the only one. In a BSD group
> I tried the suggestions that I could, like hdparm -d0 to turn off DMA on
> my disk. The bug _always_ persisted. This is despite the fact that
> my machine is _much_ better behaved under Win98!!
Good. I humbly sugggest running this garbage under garbage. Run Win98
> NOW: That is behind me! I have decided to buy a new system. But
> understandably, I _really_ need a FULLY Linux compliant system. You
> know, something that doesn't crash. I know I'm not asking too much,
> and Linux can make me just as happy as it has made countless others.
> But I go to RedHat Hardware compatibility list, and voila: No
> motherboards listed:
> Please understand: ALL I am asking for, is an actual listing of
> product IDs that will not freeze/crash under Linux. But the RedHat
> site does not appear to list even _one_ RH9 compatible motherboard.
> So how can I _possibly_ be expected to make a decision?
> I would be very grateful, and you would make my new year a really
> happy one, if you help me just a bit.
> Kindly give _exact_ motherboard names/numbers, that you know work
> _flawlessly_ with Linux. Other hardware NOT listed on the RedHat
> site: RAM, Hard, Mouse, Keyboard, CDROM. What do we do about those?
> Part numbers? Please suggest.
> This particular machine will be on the cheap end: no super fancy games
> or anything, and no cutting edge features are necessary. Main use:
> software development. Reasonably fast PC (2.6 GHz),
> but very _very_ stable, and reliable. Fully Linux ready.
> Thank you for all help in advance.
> Regards, Reza.
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