RE: [linux-audio-user] A Newbie's New System?

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Subject: RE: [linux-audio-user] A Newbie's New System?
From: Mark Knecht (
Date: Sun Sep 15 2002 - 19:53:13 EEST

   Whether the s/pdif on your Gigabyte will be recognized would be a
question I'd have. Remember, this isn't Windows! ;-) You need to determine
if anyone is writing drivers for that.

   Personally I don't like built in graphics on the MB, but if you're going
that way make sure someone else has tested it under Linux.

   The Firewire is supported under Linux if it's OHCI compatible. I have
1394 in 3 Linux systems all using different adapter cards. They all work
fine, although Linux 1394 support is a bit minimal compared to Windows or
Macs. You have to mount things by hand, especially if you are using more
than one hard drive. I participate in the Linux 1394 development stuff as a
person from the 1394 IEEE committee.

   In general, if I was starting up on a new Linux adventure and hadn't done
this before, I'd probably buy an Asus A7V266 and maybe an Athlon XP 2000+
level processor and go from there. They're inexpensive, configure pretty
easily, etc. I run Linux on 4 A7V133's and they all run great. The PC2700
memory is going to cost you more. Do you need the performance? Up to you to
figure that out.

Have fun,

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Scott
Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2002 9:00 AM
Subject: [linux-audio-user] A Newbie's New System?

Thanks for all your replies! The list of ALSA-supported devices is
very handy. I had figured that since M-Audio didn't have much
Linux-oriented info on their site, their Linux support was sketchy. I
was wrong. And now that I know the M-Audio stuff all works, the Delta
66 is looking pretty good. It will be a toss up between that and the

I'm doing homework this morning, primarily based on Tom's Hardware
Guide. Although the AMD systems have, not surprisingly, a
price/performance edge, it's not as great an edge as I had suspected
now that Intel's 845G chipset is out. Given Mark's intriguing comment
about making various devices work together as one, the fact that the
Gigabyte GA-8IGXP has built-in S/PDIF out is interesting. Here's my
very brief take on the core components:

* P4 2 GHz--$160
* Gigabyte GA-8IGXP (Built-in graphics, S/PDIF out, FireWire)--$100
* Athlon XP 2000--$90
* Gigabyte GA-7VRXP--$100

Steve's comment prompted me to look up the state of the Celeron. I
hadn't really paid too much attention to the P4-derived Celeron until
now, but Steve is right: If you're going to go Intel, it looks like
you might as well go the full P4 route.

Oh well. Budgets were made to be broken, I guess.



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