[mythtv-users] Marvell drivers WAS:gforce 7600gs
mythtv at bektchiev.net
Fri Sep 28 19:11:22 UTC 2007
On 9/28/07, Norm Dugas <normdugas at yahoo.ca> wrote:
> Deyan Bektchiev wrote:
> > On 9/28/07, *mythtv at clayfish.net <mailto:mythtv at clayfish.net>*
> > <mythtv at clayfish.net <mailto:mythtv at clayfish.net>> wrote:
> > Begin forwarded message:
> > > From: les ( bert at pacbell.net <mailto:bert at pacbell.net>)
> > > Date Sent:
> > > To: mythtv-users at mythtv.org <mailto:mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
> > > Subject: [mythtv-users] gforce 7600gs
> > >
> > > hello all... am just starting to build a box.. was thinking of
> > using the
> > > gforce 7600gs because my sony hdtv has hdmi in..
> > > and any ideas for a motherboard would be nice too..
> > >
> > > les
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> > The 7600GS works great. I don't think you can go wrong there. I
> > have no experience on the 6200 series. I had trouble getting a
> > 5200 to drive a 1080p LCD TV (see below), but they work fine on a
> > 720p TV, a 1024x768 LCD monitor, and a S-Video and composite out
> > to a standard definition TV in my house.
> > I have a Athlon X2 4200 on a nForce3 250 chipset motherboard
> > (Epox) with 2GB of memory running Fedora 6 w/Atrpms and the nVidia
> > proprietary drivers ( 100.14.11) as a FE/BE. I was running a 5200
> > to drive a Sony 720p 42" LCD projection TV. Playback was clear
> > and smooth. The projection TV was a little too washed out in my
> > bright living, so I moved it to the bedroom and got a Westinghouse
> > 1080p 47" LCD panel TV. The same FE/BE had problems driving the
> > 1080p LCD. The picture was gorgeous but the playback was choppy,
> > even standard definition. I tried the "UseEvents" "True" option
> > and disabling the Composite extension that had been suggested in
> > this list, but they made no difference. CPU on one core was 65%
> > on HD playback. The thing that pointed me to the video card being
> > inadequate was the big slowdown of the OpenGL menu transitions
> > moving from 720p to 1080p. I bought the most advanced fanless
> > nVidia AGP card I could find, a 7600GS, and replaced the 5200.
> > OpenGL transitions went back to normal. Playback was smooth, even
> > in HD. CPU was still 65% on one core. The 5200 is still driving
> > the Sony 720p perfectly well in my bedroom FE (Sempron 3400).
> > I have had the best luck with nVidia chipset motherboards for AMD
> > CPUs. I recently gave up fighting a VIA K8T890 motherboard (SATA
> > and Ethernet problems) and put it in a Windows machine where it
> > works fine, so I am guessing there were some driver issues. I put
> > the nVidia board from the Windows machine into the FE/BE and have
> > had no problems.
> > Steve
> > If you are getting a motherboard with an onboard NIC, just make a note
> > of the chipset. I bought an Asus P5K-VM board with Marvell 88E8056 NIC
> > chipset and there is no way this one can be made to work under Linux
> > and I really tried hard. There are reports on the web that some
> > revisions do work better than others, however mine was one of the bad
> > ones. The same bad chipset apparently is also used on some Gigabyte
> > boards...
> > Deyan
> I've got an Asus P5LD2 Deluxe with a Marvell 88E8053 NIC onboard and it
> works fine for me. There is an issue if you're using the sky2 driver.
> What happens is under times of heavy network load, the driver will just
> give up. To recover, you have to unload and reload the module.
> Something else you can do is use the Marvell drivers. I downloaded them
> from the Marvell site and installed them as a kernel patch. Recompiled
> my kernel selecting their driver (sk98lin) and building as a module.
> I'm running kernel 2.6.22 on Gentoo.
> rodimus norm # lspci | grep Marvell
> 04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8053 PCI-E
> Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 19)
The board that I had (I already returned it and replaced it with an Intel
one) an earlier revision (I believe rev 12 - I did not bother saving the
lspci output) of the chipset so this might have contributed to the problems.
I did compile the sk98lin driver from Marvell and it was working better than
the sky2 driver, but would still hang after 10-15 minutes and report
hardware problem with the NIC.
One thing I do need is the network of my Myth box to be up since I don't
have a keyboard attached in order to reload the module so the Asus board
just didn't cut it. I did like the other features though so it's a pity I
had to settle for Intel.
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