ASUS M3A78-EM

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Asus M3A78-EM AM2+ motherboard - Update!! On board LAN now working!!

Most information taken directly from manufacturer's website: http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=149&l3=639&l4=0&model=2252&modelmenu=1

M3A78-EM

* AMD AM2+/AM2 Platform
* Support latest AMD Phenom ™ Quad-Core Processor
* Support CPU up to 140W
* Dual-Channel DDR2 -1066/800/667
* Instant Internet Access with Express Gate
* AMD Hybrid CrossFireX™ and DX10 Support
* 4+1 Phase Power Design 
* DisplayPort Support


CPU, Chipset and Graphics Features

AMD® Socket AM2+ Phenom™ FX / Phenom™ / Athlon™ Support This motherboard supports AMD AMD® Socket AM2+ multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dual-channel DDR2 1066 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport™ 3.0 based system bus.

AMD® Socket AM2 Athlon™/Sempron™ CPU Support This motherboard supports AMD® Socket AM2 Athlon™/Sempron™ processors. It features 2000/1600 MT/s HyperTransport™-based system bus, dual-channel un-buffered DDR2 800 memory support, and AMD® Cool 'n' Quiet™ Technology.

Native DDR2 1066 This motherboard supports native DDR2 1066. It provides faster data transfer rate and more bandwidth to increase memory data transfer rate and computing efficiency, enhancing system performance in 3D graphics and other memory demanding applications.

  • DDR2 1066 is supported by some of the AM2+ CPUs only. Refer to www.asus.com for the supported CPU models.

AMD 780G/SB700 AMD® 780G Chipset is designed to support up to 5200MT/s HyperTransport™ 3.0 (HT3.0) interface speed and PCI Express™ 2.0 x 16 graphics. It is optimized with AMD´s latest AM2+ and multi-core CPUs to provide excellent system performance and overclocking capabilities.

PCIe 2.0 support This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and bandwidth which enhances system performance.

Hybrid CrossFireX Support Boosted Performance with onboard GPU and discrete graphics card ATI Hybrid CrossFireX™ technology is a unique hybrid multi-GPU technology. It takes your gaming experience to the next level boosting PC performance by enabling the chipset’s integrated graphics processor and a discrete GPU to operate simultaneously with combined output for blisteringly-fast frame rates unleashing the graphics performance (Windows Vista® OS only).

DisplayPort Cutting-Edge Digital Interface for High Resolution Multimedia and Easy Upgrades This motherboard introduces the new digital display interface standard – DisplayPort. This new design features a smaller and user-friendly connector. It delivers higher performances of resolution, refresh rate and color depth and improves digital display connectivity.

HDMI Support Enjoy Full HD 1080p Multimedia Home-Theater Entertainment High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a set of digital video standards that delivers multi-channel audio and uncompressed digital video for full HD 1080p visuals through through a single cable. Supporting HDCP copy protection such as HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs, HDMI provides you with the highest-quality home theater experience.

Multiple VGA Output This motherboard supports multiple digital and analog display output interfaces - HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort and D-Sub. With such diversity of display outputs, you are able to choose and upgrade display devices freely.

Special Features 4+1 Phase Power Design Longer Life & Higher Efficiency! Unleashes ultimate memory performances with independent power to core components, while providing fast transient response and stability for the CPU under heavy loading or overclocking modes.

AI Gear 2 AI Gear 2 allows you to choose from profiles to adjust CPU frequency and vCore voltage, minimizing system noise and saving CPU power consumption at most. You can real-time change the mode under operating system to suit your needs.

AI Nap With AI Nap, the system can continue running at minimum power and noise when you are temporarily away. To wake the system and return to the OS environment, simply click the mouse or press a key.

ASUS Q-Fan 2 Adjusts both CPU fan and chassis fan speeds according to system loading ASUS Q-Fan2 technology intelligently adjusts both CPU fan and chassis fan speeds according to system loading to ensure quiet, cool and efficient operation.

Setup

The onboard NIC is not natively supported by LMCE 710, but the process is simple and painless. To setup the NIC for the Core, one the first boot after installing via the DVD method, press escape at the Grub boot menu and select the 2nd item (safe mode) and wait for the prompt. While the core is booting, visit http://dataless.jeromenet.org/r8168.ko and download the file to a flash drive. Then, at the Core's prompt, type:

mkdir /mnt/temp
mount /dev/sdx1 /mnt/temp              (insert your letter for "x" in this, you can find it with dmesg)
cp /mnt/temp/r8168.ko /lib/modules/2.6.22-14-generic/kernel/drivers/net/
depmod -a /lib/modules/2.6.22-14-generic/kernel/drivers/net/r8168.ko

Open a text editor

 vi /etc/initramfs-tools/modules

Type "r8168" below all of the text:

 r8168

Save and exit the text editor, then navigate to the boot directory and load the module:

cd /boot
update-initramfs -uv

Reboot the machine and configure the AVWizard as usual.

Experiences

(8.18.08) While this board is stable as my core, there are problems that need to be diagnosed:

1) The onboard video card is NOT plug and play- still trying to get things working using this: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Display_Drivers no luck so far.

2) The onboard NIC does not appear to be supported- http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=5995.0 with either the AMD64 or the i386 DVD installation methods.

(12.3.08) This is now working with a bit of work: See Forum Post

--Sethj 14:49, 3 December 2008 (CET)

3) No HDMI tv's/audio devices in the house :( therefore, untested

4) EZ Gate does NOT work on this motherboard without Windows. Some motherboards have the software built into the BIOS, as far as I can tell, this is not one of them.

Working:

1) Audio works out of the box

2) On board Realtek 8111B/8111C (r8168) Gigabit Ethernet now works - Wiki - R8168

--Sethj 14:52, 3 December 2008 (CET)