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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. What about a cfgadm output?
    I’d love to see if the controller properly works with the SATA framework, instead that in legacy mode like 99% of the controllers out there… 🙂

  2. Given that you are using ZFS does it actually make a difference if the SATA controler is in legacy mode or not ?

  3. [Trackback] Rayson Ho asked the following quesitons in response to my posting
    my home server configuration.
    1) How noisy is the power supply under Solaris??
    Well it is sat less than 1 meter away from me and I can live with
    it easily. I w…

  4. Yes I do. Though I don’t use it. IIRC I had to add an alias for the audio driver and now it works.

    # egrep 10de,26c /etc/driver_aliases
    audiohd "pci10de,26c"

    See update_drv(1M)

  5. I am ashamed to say the I have non ECC memory. When I bought the price differential was ~ 50%. I would get ECC memory now.

  6. I have the Zalman 8000 Low Profile Cooler which is quiet but fouls one of the memory slots so if I want to upgrade to 4G of RAM I will have to revert to the standard AMD fan.

  7. EdwardOCallaghan permalink

    Do you have big problems with your USB ports and that chipset .. I do.. ?
    If you know how to solve that please let me know.
    Also do you get IRQ conflict in dmesg when the audio is enabled ?

  8. Raj permalink

    Dear Sir,
    we are plan to bye computer.send me any good server configuration. and tell about which windows server is better for file server. pls reply me.
    Thanking you

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