Home Server hardware configuration

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.



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... :)

Posted by sickness on November 08, 2006 at 12:17 AM GMT #

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

Posted by Chris Gerhard on November 08, 2006 at 01:20 AM GMT #

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

Posted by Darren J Moffat on November 08, 2006 at 02:50 AM GMT #

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

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??

Posted by Rayson Ho on November 08, 2006 at 08:45 AM GMT #

[Trackback] Rayson Ho asked the following quesitons in response to my posting listing 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...

Posted by The dot in ... --- ... on November 14, 2006 at 03:36 AM GMT #

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

Posted by jeback on April 02, 2007 at 08:03 AM BST #

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)

Posted by Chris Gerhard on April 07, 2007 at 09:03 AM BST #

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.

Posted by Calum Mackay on May 16, 2007 at 05:42 PM BST #

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.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on May 17, 2007 at 05:57 AM BST #

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

Posted by Geoff S on May 25, 2007 at 06:12 AM BST #

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.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on May 25, 2007 at 06:18 AM BST #

does anyone know if solaris x86 support sata dvd-rom

Posted by guest on October 20, 2007 at 11:07 PM BST #

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 ?

Posted by EdwardOCallaghan on November 24, 2007 at 10:05 PM GMT #


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.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on November 24, 2007 at 11:31 PM GMT #

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

Posted by Raj on March 05, 2008 at 04:13 AM GMT #

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

Posted by moorthi on December 19, 2008 at 04:55 AM GMT #

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