General discussion

Locked

New Hardware - $600 workstation

By Jaqui ·
Since I had a system die on me, I went out and bought a new system.
[ just for George Ou, total, including taxes was $588.73, a $600 workstation. :) ]

I'll be busy over the next little while building Linux From Scratch on it.

The hardware list, from a Mandriva installation to see what devices might be problematical is fairly long, but everything worked, out of the box.

Identification
Floppy format: ‎H1440

Media class: ‎fd

Misc
New devfs device: ‎/dev/floppy/0

Old device file: ‎/dev/fd0

Identification
Disk identifier: ‎ATA WDC WD2500JS-22M

Media class: ‎hd

Bus identification
Device I ‎0

Connection
Bus: ‎SCSI

Channel: ‎0

Logical unit number: ‎0

Device
Old device file: ‎/dev/sda

New devfs device: ‎/dev/scsi/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/disc

Partitions
Primary partitions: ‎1 (sda1)

Extended partitions: ‎7 (sda5, sda6, sda7, sda8, sda9, sda10, sda11)

Misc
Disk controller: ‎0

Geometry: ‎30401/255/63 (CHS)

Module: ‎sata_via

Identification
Vendor: ‎Lite-On Technology Corp.

Model: ‎DVDRW SHW-160P6S

Media class: ‎cdrom

Bus identification
Device I ‎0

Connection
Bus: ‎ide

Channel: ‎secondary

Device
Old device file: ‎/dev/hdc

New devfs device: ‎/dev/ide/host0/bus1/target0/lun0/cd

Misc
Drive capacity: ‎burner DVD

Disk controller: ‎0

Identification
Vendor: ‎nVidia Corp.

Description: ‎GeForce 6200 TurboCache(TM)

Media class: ‎DISPLAY_VGA

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎2

PCI device #: ‎0

PCI function #: ‎0

Vendor I ‎4318

Device I ‎353

Sub vendor I ‎4163

Sub device I ‎33266

Misc
Module: ‎Card:NVIDIA GeForce FX (generic)

Identification
Vendor: ‎VIA Technologies

Description: ‎VT8233 [AC97 Audio Controller]

Media class: ‎MULTIMEDIA_AUDIO

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎17

PCI function #: ‎5

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎12377

Sub vendor I ‎4187

Sub device I ‎3204

Driver
Module: ‎snd-via82xx

Alternative drivers: ‎via82cxxx_audio

Identification
Processor I ‎1

Vendor: ‎AuthenticAMD

Model name: ‎AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+

Cpuid family: ‎15

Model: ‎75

Model stepping: ‎2

Performances
Frequency (MHz): ‎2001.171

Cache size: ‎512 KB

Bogomips: ‎3956.73

Bugs
Fdiv bug: ‎No

Coma bug: ‎No

F00f bug: ‎No

Halt bug: ‎No

FPU
Is FPU present: ‎Yes

Whether the FPU has an irq vector: ‎Yes

Misc
Cpuid level: ‎1

Flags: ‎fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt lm 3dnowext 3dnow pni cx16 lahf_lm cmp_legacy

Write protection: ‎Yes

Identification
Processor I ‎2

Vendor: ‎AuthenticAMD

Model name: ‎AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+

Cpuid family: ‎15

Model: ‎75

Model stepping: ‎2

Performances
Frequency (MHz): ‎2001.171

Cache size: ‎512 KB

Bogomips: ‎3989.50

Bugs
Fdiv bug: ‎No

Coma bug: ‎No

F00f bug: ‎No

Halt bug: ‎No

FPU
Is FPU present: ‎Yes

Whether the FPU has an irq vector: ‎Yes

Misc
Cpuid level: ‎1

Flags: ‎fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt lm 3dnowext 3dnow pni cx16 lahf_lm cmp_legacy

Write protection: ‎Yes

Identification
Vendor: ‎Realtek

Description: ‎RTL-8139

Media class: ‎NETWORK_ETHERNET

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎9

PCI function #: ‎0

Vendor I ‎4332

Device I ‎33081

Sub vendor I ‎4187

Sub device I ‎3204

Misc
Module: ‎8139too

Name: ‎A0

Speed: ‎80 ns

Installed size: ‎512 MB (Single-bank Connection)

Enabled Size: ‎512 MB (Single-bank Connection)

Type: ‎Memory Module

Bank connections: ‎0

Name: ‎Internal Cache

Installed size: ‎128 KB

Type: ‎Cache

Name: ‎External Cache

Installed size: ‎512 KB

Type: ‎Cache

Identification
Vendor: ‎VIA Technologies Inc

Description: ‎VT6420 SATA RAID Controller

Media class: ‎STORAGE_IDE

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎15

PCI function #: ‎0

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎12617

Sub vendor I ‎4187

Sub device I ‎3204

Misc
Module: ‎sata_via

Identification
Vendor: ‎VIA Technologies

Description: ‎VT82C586 IDE [Apollo]

Media class: ‎STORAGE_IDE

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎15

PCI function #: ‎1

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎1393

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Misc
Module: ‎via82cxxx

Identification
Vendor: ‎VIA Technologies

Description: ‎VT82C586B USB

Media class: ‎SERIAL_USB

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎16

PCI function #: ‎0

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎12344

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Misc
Module: ‎usb-uhci

Identification
Vendor: ‎VIA Technologies

Description: ‎VT82C586B USB

Media class: ‎SERIAL_USB

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎16

PCI function #: ‎1

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎12344

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Misc
Module: ‎usb-uhci

Identification
Vendor: ‎VIA Technologies

Description: ‎VT82C586B USB

Media class: ‎SERIAL_USB

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎16

PCI function #: ‎2

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎12344

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Misc
Module: ‎usb-uhci

Identification
Vendor: ‎VIA Technologies

Description: ‎VT82C586B USB

Media class: ‎SERIAL_USB

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎16

PCI function #: ‎3

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎12344

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Misc
Module: ‎usb-uhci

Identification
Vendor: ‎VIA Technologies Inc

Description: ‎VT8235 USB Enhanced Controller

Media class: ‎SERIAL_USB

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎16

PCI function #: ‎4

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎12548

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Misc
Module: ‎ehci-hcd

Identification
Vendor: ‎Linux 2.6.12-12mdksmp ehci_hcd

Description: ‎EHCI Host Controller

Media class: ‎Hub|Unused

Connection
Bus: ‎USB

Bus PCI #: ‎5

PCI device #: ‎1

Vendor I ‎0

Device I ‎0

Misc
Module: ‎hub

Identification
Vendor: ‎Linux 2.6.12-12mdksmp uhci_hcd

Description: ‎UHCI Host Controller

Media class: ‎Hub|Unused

Connection
Bus: ‎USB

Bus PCI #: ‎4

PCI device #: ‎1

Vendor I ‎0

Device I ‎0

Misc
Module: ‎hub

Identification
Vendor: ‎Linux 2.6.12-12mdksmp uhci_hcd

Description: ‎UHCI Host Controller

Media class: ‎Hub|Unused

Connection
Bus: ‎USB

Bus PCI #: ‎3

PCI device #: ‎1

Vendor I ‎0

Device I ‎0

Misc
Module: ‎hub

Identification
Vendor: ‎Linux 2.6.12-12mdksmp uhci_hcd

Description: ‎UHCI Host Controller

Media class: ‎Hub|Unused

Connection
Bus: ‎USB

Bus PCI #: ‎2

PCI device #: ‎1

Vendor I ‎0

Device I ‎0

Misc
Module: ‎hub

Identification
Vendor: ‎Linux 2.6.12-12mdksmp uhci_hcd

Description: ‎UHCI Host Controller

Media class: ‎Hub|Unused

Connection
Bus: ‎USB

Bus PCI #: ‎1

PCI device #: ‎1

Vendor I ‎0

Device I ‎0

Misc
Module: ‎hub

Identification
Vendor: ‎(null)

Description: ‎

Media class: ‎BRIDGE_HOST

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎0

PCI function #: ‎0

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎822

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Identification
Vendor: ‎(null)

Description: ‎

Media class: ‎BRIDGE_HOST

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎0

PCI function #: ‎1

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎4918

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Identification
Vendor: ‎(null)

Description: ‎

Media class: ‎BRIDGE_HOST

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎0

PCI function #: ‎2

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎9014

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Identification
Vendor: ‎(null)

Description: ‎

Media class: ‎BRIDGE_HOST

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎0

PCI function #: ‎3

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎13110

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Identification
Vendor: ‎(null)

Description: ‎

Media class: ‎BRIDGE_HOST

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎0

PCI function #: ‎4

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎17206

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Identification
Vendor: ‎(null)

Description: ‎

Media class: ‎BRIDGE_HOST

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎0

PCI function #: ‎7

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎29494

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Identification
Vendor: ‎VIA Technologies Inc

Description: ‎PCI-to-PCI Bridge (AGP 2.0/3.0)

Media class: ‎BRIDGE_PCI

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎1

PCI function #: ‎0

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎45448

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Misc
Module: ‎amd64-agp

Identification
Vendor: ‎VIA Technologies Inc

Description: ‎K8T890 PCI-to-PCI Bridge

Media class: ‎BRIDGE_PCI

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎2

PCI function #: ‎0

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎41528

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Identification
Vendor: ‎VIA Technologies Inc

Description: ‎K8T890 PCI-to-PCI Bridge

Media class: ‎BRIDGE_PCI

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎3

PCI function #: ‎0

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎49720

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Identification
Vendor: ‎VIA Technologies Inc

Description: ‎VT8237 PCI-to-ISA Bridge

Media class: ‎BRIDGE_ISA

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎17

PCI function #: ‎0

Vendor I ‎4358

Device I ‎12839

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Misc
Module: ‎i2c-viapro

Identification
Vendor: ‎Advanced Micro Devices

Description: ‎K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration

Media class: ‎BRIDGE_HOST

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎24

PCI function #: ‎0

Vendor I ‎4130

Device I ‎4352

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Identification
Vendor: ‎Advanced Micro Devices

Description: ‎K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map

Media class: ‎BRIDGE_HOST

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎24

PCI function #: ‎1

Vendor I ‎4130

Device I ‎4353

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Identification
Vendor: ‎Advanced Micro Devices

Description: ‎K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller

Media class: ‎BRIDGE_HOST

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎24

PCI function #: ‎2

Vendor I ‎4130

Device I ‎4354

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Identification
Vendor: ‎Advanced Micro Devices

Description: ‎K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control

Media class: ‎BRIDGE_HOST

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎24

PCI function #: ‎3

Vendor I ‎4130

Device I ‎4355

Sub vendor I ‎65535

Sub device I ‎65535

Misc
Module: ‎amd64-agp

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

11 total posts (Page 1 of 2)   01 | 02   Next
| Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

My first suspicion

by mjd420nova In reply to New Hardware - $600 works ...

I see the drivers for an onboard audio. I suspect an interupt conflict. I have seen this and if I remember right it was a jumper that was set wrong. Upgrading to a plugin sound card and loading the drivers cleared the error.

Collapse -

what?

by Jaqui In reply to My first suspicion

everything worked perfectly.
not one issue in performance at all.
no driver searching, no hastles.
boot into the installer, let it pick what it wanted, and let it rip.
only things changed from default:
NIC is static, not the default dhcp
mouse specified the ps2, not the default any ps2/usb.
and lilo not the default grub.


naturally, I had to tell it time zone, and configure the display settings and default runlevel.
but those are not hardware issues, it is personal preference.

since I don't do games or watch movies, an onboard sound card is more than capable for the limited sound effects I enable in a gui.

edited just cause

Collapse -

oh and

by Jaqui In reply to New Hardware - $600 works ...

to install mandriva 2007 in a default selection install took only 12 minutes.
this thing screams it's so fast.

Collapse -

Congrats!

by w2ktechman In reply to oh and

But I would have expected someone like you to build your own system. But the post showing a screaming fast linux box install with no problems in 12 minutes, that is worthy of a post! Especially on cheap HW.

Do you have plans on building a system? The system I am currently working on (slowly) I have already put in over $600 into, and I havent gotten to the RAM, Processor, or MB yet.

Collapse -

what's wrong

by Jaqui In reply to Congrats!

with a "white box" system?

I wanted a fairly decent workstatyion box for a good price, to build a 64bit based lfs system on, just for the fun of it.

and yup, I'm using the lfs livecd to post this.

Collapse -

I did similar first

by w2ktechman In reply to what's wrong

I bought a box and just set it up, but it costed quite a bit more.
But, then I got that pesky little bug in me that forces me to build one from scratch. So I have spent the last 2 months searching for the right components, then I started buying them. But, I cannot afford the processor or RAM that I want right now, so I am holding off for a couple of months while building the finances (and hopefully prices will drop a bit more).

Collapse -

yup

by Jaqui In reply to I did similar first

but the cheap white box is a great tool for my purposes, a system to build lfs on, and then create a unicode 64bit lfs livecd to use as a sane build environment.
the generic live cd has 64bit support and unicode support, but I am thinking that a 64bit support livecd is not as effective as a full 64bit livecd.

gonna have to make a squashfs with the filesystem on it to make the livecd and somehow I don't think my 250 gb hard drive will become a squashfs that will fit on a cd.

I'm actually concidering not using a squashfs and using a dvd, might make it much simpler for people. definately make the livecd respns faster.

Collapse -

12 Minutes!

by jmgarvin In reply to oh and

Wow! That's awesome! Looks like a great work machine.

Collapse -

funny thing

by Jaqui In reply to 12 Minutes!

I went and put Suse 10.1 on it, and Suse locked up on the boot.
Mandriva and fedora both ran fine.
[ had to see what differences the hardware list had, if any. ]
none actually, the hardware list was the same in both.

knowing that all the hardware is fully supported before building lfs makes it much easier to know it will work right, and knowing the chipsets means I know hat drivers to get that are not included in the lfs sources collection. :)

Collapse -

That's not funny at all.

by stress junkie In reply to funny thing

Yeah that SuSE distro can be problematic. FYI just in case you want to find out I would recommend installing the openSuSE 10.2 from CD. I just did that and I'm having loads of fun.

Been trying distros. Slackware runs fast but it is running the 2.4.33.3 kernel. I loaded the sources from kernel.org for kernel 2.6.18.? but I got a fatal error during the compile.

Put Debian 3.1 (Sarge) on. Runs sluggish. It is also running a v2.4 kernel. So far I've failed to upgrade to the 2.6 kernel available in Debian testing (Etch).

So all of these guys are on one hard disk. The boot default is SuSE 10.2. I'm going to experiment with getting Windows XP running under Xen with SuSE as the host OS. OpenSuSE has Xen preinstalled, including the modified kernel. Yay!!! At least that's ONE thing that I don't have to struggle with. Naturally then I'll have to put VMWare Server on another machine and see which I like better. So I have to purchase another XP Pro full install? Yes. Whoops. There goes another $300. That's US dollars, too. Lots of money being spent on testing/lab machines just for Microsoft software.

Trying True Crypt in order to get a platform independent file cryptographic package. I found that using Twofish on SuSE via cryptoloop makes my backups inaccessible from other distros. Very few distros include the loop_fish2 module. So I'm trying True Crypt. So far it has hung on three separate attempts to create an encrypted partition.

So is that machine paid for with US or Canadian dollars? If it is Canadian dollars then it is very inexpensive indeed.

Addendum: Regarding True Crypt: I tried exercising the disk via dd on a formatted and mounted partition. I did the same thing with the same partition using loop device and cryptoloop. Both tests hung. This is a brand new Seagate P-ATA IDE disk which has the Master/Slave jumper set to cable select. That's the way it was set when I took it out of the box and the last Maxtor disk drives that I purchased worked best when the Master/Slave was not set at all when the disk was the only one on the IDE cable. I changed the jumper on the Seagate disk to Master since it is the only disk on the IDE cable and, naturally, it is on the end connector. Now the disk just passed a dd test on a formatted and mounted partition. I'm running the True Crypt software now to encrypt the partition, after unmounting it first of course. True Crypt is running MUCH FASTER and looks like it might work.

Note to self. Maxtor P-ATA IDE disks don't like having the jumper set to Master if they are the only disk on the IDE cable but Seagate disks DO want to have the jumper set to Master if they are the only disk on the IDE cable.

Back to Hardware Forum
11 total posts (Page 1 of 2)   01 | 02   Next

Related Discussions

Related Forums