[ardour-users] AMD motherboard recommendations please?

Christopher K. George ckg at YaleSDA.org
Mon Jun 13 16:36:16 PDT 2005

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> It's a little discouraging that of the two responses I got for
> my quest of which motherboard to buy that can run dual AMD
> processors, both of them said that their systems lock up.  Two
> systems aren't that many, but it sure would be nice to hear from
> people with perfectly working systems too. :^)

Hey, I just got done building a new audio box using a dual Opteron MB --
GIGABYTE GA-7A8DW.  I've only got one CPU in it.  Got a 1G RAM.  I'm using a
Matrox G450 video card running dual monitors.  I installed Gentoo's AMD64
port.  I used their universal install CD.  Running off of that during the
install (this was a first for me with Gentoo) I did have the system lock up
several times.  I rebooted from the install CD and picked up where I'd left
off.  I was afraid maybe there was something wrong with my CPU, but since I've
compiled my own kernel and have it running I haven't had it lock up.  I did
have one point where a certain program seg faulted but after a reboot it never
did it again.
I've been very pleased with the system.  I'm using an RME HDSP Multiface for
audio.  As far as noise -- I have the CPU outside the studio so no issue
there.  I've had a couple of oddities with certain programs running in 64 bit
mode, but nothing that makes them unusable.  I need more time to really put
the system to the test, but at this point I would recommend it.  Our work is
primarily with ardour.  Make sure what ever software you normally use is not
masked for AMD64.  If it is, be prepared for an adventure. :)
I'd be glad to try to answer any questions you may have.  Good luck!


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