I have a motherboard that I want to put to use, but it has never been used and I am not sure if it even works. So I need to know if there are ways I can test the motherboard. It looks new.
There is no dust or corrosion anywhere.
Follows is the form info:
Approximate Purchase Date: whenever. could be months away.
Budget Range: cheap, but not trash.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: file server for backup, media server, local jukebox, print server.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, case.
Additional Comments: I also need to know if the USB on this mobo can be upgraded to 2.0 or if I need to buy a card for that.
This will be left on all the time, and the monitor and keyboard will be plugged in when needed, otherwise should be controlled over the LAN. I intend to build my own case with a custom built cooling system and mount it out of the way and out of sight. I would like to boot it/run it from an 8gig SD chip if possible rather than have a hard drive or even a CD drive. I have a CD drive that could be used temporarily.
There are still alot of CPUs for that socket, just need to look on google for some - Intel Pentium 4s - http://www.starmicroinc.net/cgi/commerce.cgi?search=act... & Intel Celerons - http://www.starmicroinc.net/cgi/commerce.cgi?search=act...
As far as the USB goes - its stuck at 1.1 unless you add a PCI USB 2.0 card - and for booting off of SD chips, the older the system is, the more limited booting options are, as some around the time of socket 478 don't support USB booting, let alone booting from a SD Card
as for using this system as a file server, id suggest building one based off of AMDs Dual Core E-350, as socket 478 CPUs tend to run hot and use excess electricity, but that's my suggestion, and SLI / Crossfire - you don't need that for a server, unless you plan to game on it, but that's not possible with your current motherboard.
For Software, I would suggest running Linux, or windows 7, depending on user preference.