Need motherboard for home fileserver

Don Lewis truckman at
Sun Nov 11 20:57:07 PST 2007

On  8 Oct, Stefan Esser wrote:
> Andrey V. Elsukov schrieb:
>> TooMany Secrets wrote:
>>> 2007/10/8, Stefan Esser <se at>:
>>>> Well, you may want to take a look at the Abit AN-M2 (or -M2HD, if you
>>>> are interested in firewire support, or possibly in HDMI/HDCP). All
>>>> functions appear to be well supported (disk, video, sound, integrated
>>>> PCIe Gigabit Ethernet). Combined with an "Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro
>>>> PWM" it gives a cheap, compact, and quiet (and power-efficient!) small
>>>> server with quite good performance (though with only a limited number
>>>> of PCIe and PCI slots, since it has a uATX form factor).
>>> I'm very interested in this mb, but is correctly supported in
>>> 6.2-STABLE also?
>> There is one issue. ATI IXP600/IXP700 not yet supported with ata(4)
>> driver. And you will have only UDMA33 is the best case. But you can
>> found a patch in gnats (PR ).
> No, the Abit AN-M2(HD) are based on nForce chip-sets (630a with
> integrated 7025/7050 graphics), no patch is required for ata(4)
> (since the SATA/IDE parts are mostly identical to the nF6150/430,
> with the addition of AHCI support, which can be optionally enabled
> in the BIOS).

When I tried 6.2-STABLE on my AN-M2HD, the nve driver didn't recognize
the Ethernet hardware.  The nfe driver in 7.0-CURRENT works fine and I'm
very happy with this board for desktop use, though I haven't exercised
the onboard sound with FreeBSD.  I'm using the Nvidia binary-blob
graphics driver.

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