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Home Server hardware configuration

November 7, 2006

Somehow I missed posting the configuration of my home server directly here as I posted a link to the site where I bought it and I keep being asked for the specifications.

Here are the details of the core of the system.






BIOS upgrades can be down with a USB memory stick so no need to have any other OS other than Solaris.

I’ve not tried the audio, IEEE 1394a port or the graphics card beyond just starting X. Everything I have tried to use has worked on Solaris with the exception of powernow.


AMD Athlon 3500+

I’ve been having trouble with powernow. When the system runs at 2GHs it crashes with memory errors. Colleagues who have the Athlon 3800 CPU report it works fine. This is irritating as I only chose the single core CPU to get powernow sooner rather than later.


2 * 1Gb 240pin 800Mhz DDR2 RAM


2 * Seagate Baracuda ST3320620AS 7200rpm 320Gb SATA disks.

You have to remove a jumper on the drives to get these to run at full speed.


Antec NSK1300 Case MicroATX

A good case which will hold 3 31/2” disks as well as a DVD drive. However it really shows just how good the mechanics on Sun Systems are. You get what you pay for.

Which end up looking like this as far as prtdiag is concerned:

System Configuration: System manufacturer System Product Name BIOS Configuration: Phoenix Technologies, LTD ASUS M2NPV-VM ACPI BIOS Revision 0504 10/17/2006  ==== Processor Sockets ====================================  Version                          Location Tag ——————————– ————————– AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+ Socket AM2  ==== Memory Device Sockets ================================  Type    Status Set Device Locator      Bank Locator ——- —— — ——————- ——————– unknown empty  0   A0                  Bank0/1 unknown in use 0   A1                  Bank2/3 unknown empty  0   A2                  Bank4/5 unknown in use 0   A3                  Bank6/7  ==== On-Board Devices =====================================  ==== Upgradeable Slots ====================================  ID  Status    Type             Description — ——— —————- —————————- 1   available PCI              PCI1 2   in use    PCI              PCI2 4   available PCI Express      PCIEX16 5   available PCI Express      PCIEX1_1

Even with the powernow issue I’m very happy with the system.

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From → Solaris

  1. The sata controller is working in lagacy mode at the moment.

  2. I am buying a machine with similar configuration too. May be you can answer some questions? 😀

    1) How noisy is the power supply under Solaris??

    2) Could you get the built-in ethernet interface to run at full speed??

    3) Is sound working??

    Lastly, what is the difference with using the SATA framework vs legacy mode? Would I get better performance with the new framework??

  3. jeback permalink

    Do you have audio working? I have the same motherboard and everything works great except for audio.

  4. Calum Mackay permalink

    Chris, you don’t say whether your memory is ECC or non-ECC. It looks like the price difference is quite small (<15%), so I’m wondering whether ECC would be worth the difference.
    Does Nevada work well with ECC in this config, would you know?
    cheers, c.

  5. Geoff S permalink

    What sort of CPU cooler are you using ? Are you happy with the results ?

  6. Anonymous permalink

    does anyone know if solaris x86 support sata dvd-rom

  7. @EdwardOCallaghan
    I hardly ever use the USB ports, since the system is used as a server but when I do I’ve not had any problems with them. They can access disks and cameras o.k. (at least the ones on the front of the system can. I don’t think I have ever used the ones on the back.
    Yes I too get the shared IRQ messages with audio enabled but again this is a server so audio is not used. So it has not bothered me.

  8. moorthi permalink

    Yours article is fine, why you suggested AMD processors! whether it might be good in GUI support or anything special things that you used AMD processors please quote it, Me to used AMD Athlon 64 6000+ it will works good on overload. And Hard Disk jumper removal may void warranty! then why you suggest jumper removal, anyway yours configuration is good

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