ASUS M3N78 PRO

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Version Status Date Updated Updated By
710 According to category, Works with caveats 11th May 2010 Wierdbeard65
810 Unknown N/A N/A
1004 Unknown N/A N/A
1204 Unknown N/A N/A
Usage Information
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LinuxMCE important hardware features

  • AMD Socket AM2+ / AM2 Phenom FX/Phenom/Athlon /Sempron Processors, AMD Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology, Support CPU up to 140W
  • Integrated Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8300 (Supports HDMI™ Technology with max. resolution up to 1920 x 1200), Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 1920 × 1440 @ 75 Hz, HDMI/DVI(using included HDMI-DVI adapter)/RGB Support
  • Supports 8GB DDR2 Memory in 4 DIMMS
  • 1 x PCIe x16/V2, 2 x PCIe x1, 3 x PCI 2.2
  • 1 xUltraDMA 133/100/66/33, 6 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports (Use SATA1-4 for IDE mode.) / RAID Support RAID 0,1,0+1,5,JBOD
  • Realtek® ALC1200 8 -Channel High Definition Audio CODEC, Coaxial S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
  • Ethernet - Realtek® 8211CL Gigabit
  • IEEE - 2 x 1394a ports and 12 USB 2.0 ports

Test/Production System

  • CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+
  • RAM: KINGSTON DDR2 800MHz 2GB
  • HDD: SATA SEAGATE BARRACUDA 7200.10 500GB
  • DVD-RW: LG (SATA)
  • Dual PCI CARD Intel Ethernet 10/100 Pro Server
  • Logitech Cordless USB LX310 Keyboard and Cordless Laser Mouse
  • FiiRE Chief (Gyroscopic mouse and pointer)
  • LinuxMCE: 0710 quickinstall AMD64 i386 DVD
  • Disabled Onboard Ethernet

Results

Used VGA Port for complete install. Switched to HDMI using Audio Video Wizard. Removed the ribbon VGA connector completely.

With the latest nVidia drivers integrated card supports UI2 with alpha blending with resolution 1080p.

Digital HDMI Audio not tested, as I don't use audio on TV at all and use digital receiver instead.

Troubleshooting

  • Problem: SATA disk cannot be found by installator.

Solution: Changing the SATA mode to AHCI solved that.

  • Problem: After installation starts monitor looses a signal.

Solution: Solved by using i386 DVD instead of AMD64

  • Problem: After installation before staring AVWizard monitor looses a signal.

Solution: Boot to rescue mode and install the latest nVidia drivers downloaded from NVIDIA site.


  • Problem: Digital audio (HDMI) doesn't work.

Solution: Not figured out yet. Using S/P DIF at back of motherboard connected to Yamaha Receiver

  • Problem: Average performance with 1080p (8300 is a great chip and ASUS allows some overclocking!)

Solution: Changing interface to UI2 with overlay. Additionally tips from article Nvidia_Card_Tweaks_For_Better_MythTV_and_UI_Performance was used and have no trouble with intensive usage.

Manufacturer's link here