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Hardware Compatibility Guide

This page lists some computers that have been tested with AROS. For each system, the compatibility of AROS with key components is shown. Compatibility is colour-coded using the following text colours:

  • Green: good compatibility and performance.
  • Orange: essential features work, but performance may be low.
  • Red: the component does not work with AROS.
  • Black: the component has not been tested with AROS.

Note that in some cases the compatibility status shown may be outdated. If the distribution listed under the 'Test Distro' column is not recent, it may be worth testing a newer distribution, as compatibility may have improved (if it has, please let us know).

Since only a small number of systems is listed here currently, you may want to look at the Wikibooks hardware compatibility list if you can't find your system here. While it lists a greater variety of systems, many of them have not been tested with AROS, so in many cases the compatibility status given is only theoretical. Also take note of the adjoining pages for specific components such as graphics, network and sound cards.

Laptops

Acer

Model Video Audio SATA PATA USB Ethernet Wireless Test Distro Notes
Extensa 5630Z Intel GMA 4500M HD (2D) Intel HD Audio - Realtek ALC268 codec Intel ICH9M (IDE mode) N/A Intel EHCI/UHCI Broadcom BCM 5764M RaLink RT2860 Icaros Desktop 2.2  

Dell

Model Video Audio SATA PATA USB Ethernet Wireless Test Distro Notes
Latitude E6330 Intel HD Graphics (VESA only) Intel HD Audio - IDT 92HD93 codec Intel PCH (non-RAID mode) N/A Intel xHCI/EHCI (1.1/2.0 only) Intel 82579LM Broadcom BCM4313 Icaros Desktop 2.2  
Latitude D630 nVidia Quadro NVS 135M (VESA only) Intel HD Audio - STAC9205 codec (playback only) Intel ICH8M (IDE mode) Intel ICH8M Intel EHCI/UHCI Broadcom BCM5755M Intel 3945ABG Icaros Desktop 2.2  

Fujitsu Siemens

Model Video Audio SATA PATA USB Ethernet Wireless Test Distro Notes
Emilo Li 1718 ATI Mobility Radeon M200 (VESA only) ATI HD Audio - Realtek ALC861 codec ATI IXP460 (IDE mode) ATI IXP460 ATI OHCI/EHCI (very unstable) Realtek RTL8100CL Atheros AR5007EG Icaros Desktop 2.2 Boot fails if both ATA and VESA are enabled. The test machine's wireless card was broken, but it should work.

HP/Compaq

Model Video Audio SATA PATA USB Ethernet Wireless Test Distro Notes
Compaq nc6320 Intel GMA 950 (3D) Intel HD Audio - Analog Devices AD1981HD codec (headphones only) Intel ICH7 (IDE mode) Intel ICH7 Intel EHCI/UHCI Broadcom BCM5788 Intel 3945ABG Icaros Desktop 2.2  
255 G5 AMD Radeon R2/R4/R5 (VESA only) AMD HD Audio - Realtek ALC3227 codec (playback only) AMD FCH N/A AMD EHCI/xHCI (no 3.0) Realtek RTL8168 Intel 3165 Icaros Desktop 2.2  

Sony

Model Video Audio SATA PATA USB Ethernet Wireless Test Distro Notes
Vaio VGN SR29VN ATI HD 3400 (VESA only) Intel HD Audio (too quiet) Intel (IDE mode) N/A Intel EHCI/UHCI Marvell 8040 Intel 5100 Icaros Desktop 1.5  

Netbooks

Acer

Model Video Audio SATA PATA USB Ethernet Wireless Test Distro Notes
Aspire One A110/AOA110/ZG5 Intel GMA (3D) Intel HD Audio - Realtek ALC268 codec Intel ICH7M (IDE mode) N/A Intel EHCI/UHCI Realtek RTL8102E Atheros AR5BXB63 Icaros Desktop 2.2  

Sony

Model Video Audio SATA PATA USB Ethernet Wireless Test Distro Notes
Vaio VGN-P11Z Intel (VESA only) Intel HD Audio - Realtek ALC262 codec N/A Intel SCH Intel EHCI/UHCI Marvell 88E8057 Atheros AR928X Icaros Desktop 2.0.3 Rarely boots!

Desktops

Dell

Model Video Audio SATA PATA USB Ethernet Test Distro Notes
Dimension 4600 Intel Extreme (VESA) Intel AC97 (playback only, use rear black port) Intel ICH5 (untested) Intel ICH5 Intel EHCI/UHCI Intel 82562EZ Icaros Desktop 1.5.2  
Optiplex GX260 Intel Extreme (VESA) Intel AC97 (playback only) N/A Intel ICH4 Intel EHCI/UHCI Intel 82540EM Nightly Build 2014-09-27  
Optiplex GX270 Intel Extreme (VESA) Intel AC97 - Analog Devices AD1981B codec (playback only) Intel ICH5 (IDE mode) Intel ICH5 Intel EHCI/UHCI Intel 82540EM Icaros Desktop 1.5.2  
Optiplex GX280 Intel GMA (only VESA tested) Intel AC97 (playback only) Intel ICH6 (IDE mode) Intel ICH6 Intel EHCI/UHCI Broadcom BCM5751 Nightly Build 2014-09-27  
Optiplex GX520 Intel GMA (3D) Intel AC97 (playback only, no line-out) Intel ICH7 (IDE mode) Intel ICH7 Intel EHCI/UHCI Broadcom BCM5751 Icaros Desktop 2.2  
Optiplex 170L Intel Extreme (VESA) Intel AC97 Intel ICH5 (IDE mode) Intel ICH5 Intel EHCI/UHCI Intel PRO/100 ?  
Optiplex 745 Intel GMA (VESA) Intel HD Audio - Analog Devices AD1983 codec (no volume control) Intel ICH8 (IDE mode) N/A Intel EHCI/UHCI (only keyboard/mouse - legacy mode) Broadcom BCM5754 ?  
Optiplex 755 Intel GMA (VESA) Intel HD Audio - Analog Devices AD1984 codec Intel ICH9 (IDE mode) N/A Intel EHCI/UHCI Intel 82566DM-2 Icaros Desktop 1.5.1 Around 25 second delay in booting from USB.
Optiplex 990 Intel HD (VESA) Intel HD Audio - Realtek ALC269 codec Intel 6 Series (non-RAID mode) N/A Intel EHCI/UHCI Intel 82579LM Nightly Build 2014-09-27  
Precision 340 N/A Intel AC97 N/A Intel ICH2 Intel UHCI 3Com 3C905C Nightly Build 2014-09-27  
Precision T7500 N/A Intel HD Audio - Analog Devices AD1984A codec Intel ICH10 (IDE mode) N/A Intel EHCI/UHCI Broadcom BCM5761 Icaros Desktop 2.2  

Fujitsu Siemens

Model Video Audio SATA PATA USB Ethernet Test Distro Notes
Scenic T i845 N/A Intel AC97 N/A Intel ICH4 Intel EHCI/UHCI Intel PRO/100 VE Icaros Desktop 1.5.2 AROS does not boot.

HP

Model Video Audio SATA PATA USB Ethernet Test Distro Notes
Compaq dc5800 Intel GMA (VESA) Intel HD Audio - Analog Devices AD1884 codec (headphones only) Intel ICH9 (IDE mode) N/A Intel EHCI/UHCI Intel 82566DM-2 Icaros Desktop 2.2 May need 'noacpi' boot option if using integrated graphics.
Compaq d230 Intel Extreme (VESA) Intel AC97 (speaker/headphones only, no line-out) N/A Intel ICH4 Intel EHCI/UHCI Broadcom BCM4401 Icaros Desktop 1.4.5  
Compaq DX2000 MT Intel Extreme (VESA) Intel AC97 - ADI AD1888 codec N/A Intel ICH5 Intel EHCI/UHCI Intel PRO/100 (untested) Icaros Desktop 1.5.1  
Pavilion t530 nVidia GeForce FX5200 (2D) Intel AC97 - Realtek ALC658D codec (playback only) N/A Intel ICH4 Intel EHCI/UHCI Realtek RTL8101L Nightly Build 2012-09-22  

Motherboards

Biostar

Model Video Audio SATA PATA USB Ethernet Test Distro Notes
GF8100 M2+ SE nVidia GeForce 8100 (3D) nVidia HD Audio - Realtek ALC662 codec nVidia MCP78 (IDE mode) nVidia MCP78 nVidia EHCI/OHCI nVidia MCP78 Icaros Desktop 2.2  

MSI

Model Video Audio SATA PATA USB Ethernet Test Distro Notes
KM4AM-V VIA UniChrome (VESA) VIA AC97 - VT1617 codec VIA VT8237R (IDE mode) VIA VT8237R VIA EHCI/UHCI VIA VT6103 Icaros Desktop 2.2  

Conventions

If you are adding systems to this page, please follow the following conventions, as well as the style used in existing entries:

  • Generally, only items tagged as partially working should have notes appended to them. One exception is graphics, where either "2D" or "3D" should be noted for working components that have native drivers.
  • Audio should only be tagged as fully working if both playback and recording work (unless the hardware doesn't support recording).
  • For SATA/PATA, the name of the manufacturer and chipset should be given.
  • For USB, the name of the manufacturer and interface type that provides USB should be given.
  • For Ethernet/wireless, the name of the manufacturer and chipset should be given.
  • The Notes column should only contain caveats and tips regarding AROS support for the computer. In most cases it should be empty. It should not include opinions on the quality of the hardware etc., nor a summary of the computer's suitability for AROS.

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