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Old 04-12-06, 05:08 PM   #1
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Default nVidia nForce Pro 2200/2050 distribution neutral kernel support

Hi.

I'm about to buy a machine with a Supermicro board (SM-H8DCE). The mobo features an nForce Pro 2200 core logic chip (marked as CK-804) and a 2050 companion chip to provide add'l 4 SATA ports, nvraid funcionality, etc. This one (2050) is labled in the board's specification sheet as CK-104.

Before I put my question I'd like to make it clear. At this time I'm concerned about *only* the SATA contoller(s) and the network interface(s). Let's just forget about the sound and USB for the next couple of minutes.

So:

- It's clearly stated in ../drivers/scsi/sata_nv.c that CK-804 is supported ("Added support for CK804 SATA controller"), I don't think I should be too much worried about this part.
- It also seems pretty straight forward to me, that the Gigabit nForce integrated ethernet cards are supported by the generic forcedeth driver as it claims:
../drivers/net/forcedeth.c - "Gigabit support"

Could someone plz confirm my theory until this point (I did not have chance to test this as I'm about to buy this board)? I'd like to know if it's not working this way in prior to having it shipped...

Furthermore:
- I don't seem to find any information regarding the 4 SATA ports provided by the companion chip(s) (2050) thru CK-104. Can someone give me a hint on what my chance is to get those working under Linux-2.6.x along with an add'l NIC provided by this chip not 2200? I know that 2200 is kinda a controller chip that can work with a maximum of 3 pcs of 2050s, but I also learned that 2050 connects to the HyperTransport link directly instead of the 2200. That's why I think I need to have separate support for this particular chip too.

Ideas? Experiences?
Any kind of help is greatly appreciated.

Frank
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Old 04-13-06, 01:35 PM   #2
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Oops. I've just realized that I posted this in the wrong topic. It should be in the 'nvidia based hardware but not graphics card' section rather than this one. If one of the moderators would be so kind to move it there it would be greatly appreciated.

I don't seem to receive any answers to my questions. Does this mean noone uses such chipset with linux?

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Old 04-13-06, 07:53 PM   #3
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Default Re: nVidia nForce Pro 2200/2050 distribution neutral kernel support

Yes, that could be the problem - nobody uses it

as an answer: grepping the kernel sources for the pci ids may help - if you have them.
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Old 04-14-06, 06:44 PM   #4
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Default Re: nVidia nForce Pro 2200/2050 distribution neutral kernel support

I have an H8DCE. The CK8-04 and CK8-I04 have been supported since way way way back, and the H8DCE works just fine with any halfway recent 2.6 kernel.

From a driver point of view, nForce Professional == nForce4. The nForce Pro 2200/2050 are just two nForce4 SLI chips that are validated differently, they work exactly the same way.
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You wont have any problem with forcedeth and nv_sata with latest 2.6 kernels, speaking from my own experience.
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Thanks a lot guys for your answers. I think I'll go ahead and get the board.

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