[LinuxBIOS] Support for recent chipset and powerful desktop CPU

Simon Labrecque agarwal at videotron.ca
Thu Nov 30 17:37:36 CET 2006

Good point. While it would be quite easy to add FireWire support through a
PCI card, it sure would be nice to have support for it native to the

The problem with the MSI K9N is that the Northbridge's passive cooler is
said to get very, VERY hot, which might be problematic in our application as
noise (and therefore airflow) needs to be minimized.

I haven't tested it personally though, but every review I read on the K9N
seems to mention the heat issue. That's why I liked the Abit board in the
first place; passively cooled, but with heat pipes and an easy way out for
the heat.

I guess we would need to test such a board in our "harsh" environment to
know if it could survive there.

Simon Labrecque

-----Original Message-----
From: Vlad C. [mailto:vladc6 at yahoo.com] 
Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2006 11:23 AM
To: linuxbios at linuxbios.org; agarwal at videotron.ca
Subject: Re: Support for recent chipset and powerful desktop CPU

> Suggestions:
> - Asus M2N-E
> - MSI K9N Platinum


The MSI K9N Platinum motherboard has an IEEE1394 (FireWire) chipset,
while the Asus M2N-E does not. You mentioned earlier that you're
designing a PVR/MediaCenter PC -- lots of consumer devices such as
cable boxes and digital cameras use FireWire to transfer images and
video. MythTV can use FireWire[1] and according to Wikipedia almost
all modern digital camcorders have included this connection since
1995. [2]

I think the MSI K9N Platinum motherboard would therefore be better
suited for a Multimedia PC.


[1] http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/FireWire
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FireWire

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