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excollier
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New Computer

Postby excollier » 05 Mar 2014 19:53

Been looking at this for my next computer:
https://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Ot ... ctId=58212

I wonder would it work ok with SolydK BE, are there likely to be any driver issues?
Any help welcomed.

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Re: New Computer

Postby cobb » 06 Mar 2014 03:42

As a reference point.. I'm using SolydX not SolydK but... I took a quick look at the linked system and it looks like a pretty decent system. I guess my only concern would be your intended use. If it would be for gaming, I'd have to vote no based on the HD3000 series Radeon only being supported by "legacy" drivers. See -> http://forums.solydxk.nl/viewtopic.php? ... 77&p=22500 and here -> http://forums.solydxk.nl/viewtopic.php? ... 43&p=28853 and here -> http://www.anandtech.com/show/5775/amd- ... tus-in-may for some additional info.

I'm using the open source radeon drivers ( which do support that video) which are fantastic for daily desktop, video and light gaming. The open source drivers are continuing to get better over time too so unless you're intent is a "Steam Machine" I'd think it would be ok. Looks like good hardware for the money.
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Re: New Computer

Postby ScottQuier » 06 Mar 2014 12:26

A couple of other things to watch for: Can you turn off UEFI and Secure Boot? At this point in time, the SolydXK install does not handle UEFI.
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Re: New Computer

Postby excollier » 06 Mar 2014 19:38

I thought it was a requirement that secure boot and uefi must be able to be turned off anyway.
I can't see anywhere that it can't.
I will be using the computer for virtualisation mostly, so no need for overly fancy graphics.

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Re: New Computer

Postby zerozero » 06 Mar 2014 23:27

excollier wrote:I thought it was a requirement that secure boot and uefi must be able to be turned off anyway.
it is but unfortunately not all vendor implementations are crystal clear.
this board, however, has
Hybrid EFI technology with DualBIOS for 3TB HDD support
[here http://www.gigabyte.com/products/produc ... id=4305#ov]; it's similar to mine

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zerozero@home ~ $ inxi -M
Machine:   System: Gigabyte product: N/A
           Mobo: Gigabyte model: Z77-D3H version: x.x Bios: American Megatrends version: F12 date: 04/25/2012
if you don't want it, you switch from EFI to legacy bios and done.
BTW EFI (or UEFI) doesn't depend on secure boot (but the other way is true)

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graphics card:
during this cycle of SolydK-BE (wheezy) that card will be supported by both the fglrx and radeon driver;
for the next cycle (jessie) only the opensource driver (radeon) will support it;
an option (if you have that option) would be to upgrade to a newer (HD5xxx- HD6xxx series) card but we can't be sure that by the time jessie becomes stable they are still supported (ohh!! amd :roll: )
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Re: New Computer

Postby excollier » 07 Mar 2014 07:38

Thanks, now to convince the better half of this marriage that this is needed.....

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Re: New Computer

Postby ScottQuier » 07 Mar 2014 13:24

excollier wrote:Thanks, now to convince the better half of this marriage that this is needed.....
Let us all know how you get on with that .. especially if you are successful in the convincing. In 30+ years of marriage I've NEVER been successful in convincing my DW of a need. Of a want ... yes. Of a need ... never.

Would love to know/learn your technique! :lol:
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