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    Hi,

    I'm about to install Fedora, but unsure if there are any chipset drivers for my Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 Pro motherboard. I've been in the driver section of the Gigabyte site, with no linux drivers. Does this mean Fedora will install it's default chipset drivers, just like Windows XP?
    ==| PC specs |==
    1. Intel Pentium 4 3.0C ghz
    2. Gigabyte 5900XT
    3. Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 Pro
    4. Kingmax PC3200 DDR RAM (2 x 256mb on dual channel)
    5. Western Digital 80gb 7200rpm HD (8mb cache)

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    This is generally the case, especially with distributions like Red Hat (now called Fedora), Mandrake, and SuSE. However, this is not the case for every device.

    There are sometimes where you have to find the drivers yourself. I recently had to find the Linux drivers for my onboard sound card. ASUS didn't have them on their site, but I had to go to the maker of the chipset (VIA). This is one avenue.

    Another avenue that I have experienced is the device is installed, but that it is not activated, and you have to activate it manually in the device manager (forget what it's called in Linux). This is a strange occurance, but I have been through it.

    In the worst case scenario, the device will not be supported, but this is rare in this day and age, as HCLs continue to get better and better at detecting PnP devices.

    I have never seen nor used Fedora, so I can only make generalizations based on my experience with Red Hat 8 and Mandrake 9.2.

    Good Luck!
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    imo the best way is to install Fedora and then deal with each hardware that is not auto detected. usually Kudzu (iirc that is what its hardware detection tool is called) does a pretty good job but if it faulters some where then there will be solutions available. don't worry :)
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    Motherboard support is built in to the kernel, so when your kernel version was released compared to when your motherboard chipset was released will determine if it is fully supported or not. If it's not fully supported it will still work, and as already noted there may be kernel modules available for certain on-board functions (such as sound or network chips), but even new chipsets will work with all the major distros - and often the latest linux kernel will have full support, if your distro of choice doesn't have an update you can always roll your own - so to speak.

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