Gigabyte GA-E7AUM-DS2H

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[User's Manual]

  • Form Factor
Micro ATX 24.4cm x 24.4cm
  • Socket
LGA 775

John P Poet wrote, December 10, 2008 11:00:50 AM PST, "Nvidia 9400 motherboard GIGABYTE GA-E7AUM-DS2H LGA", on MythTV-Users list:

I have had that board for a little over a week. I am using it with:


So far, so good. Even without VDPAU I can watch decent (but not max) bit-rate H.264 material from my HD-PVR. I am using the HDMI output, but not the audio. I am using a ice1712 card for the audio, just because I always have, and I know it has excellent sound quality.

Kingsley Turner wrote, December 11, 2008 5:03:44 AM PST, "Nvidia 9400 motherboard GIGABYTE GA-E7AUM-DS2H LGA", on MythTV-Users list:

Yep, it's running fine. I've had it installed for 2 weeks so far.

I'm outputting to analog VGA video out since my Samsung 40" doesn't handle DVI / HDMI in the native panel resolution (1360x768).

Anyway, so far so good. As others have said, I've waiting for VDPAU to come online. I might go beta, but it took me some time to get SPDIF audio out working, so I'm hesitant to go offline (even for a few hours) again so soon.

Jean-Yves Avenard wrote, February 4, 2009 4:43:21 AM PST, "Lots of confusion as to which card(s) to buy for vdpau", on MythTV-Users list:

I posted the following on the nvidia forums. Those are my findings about all the nvidia cards I own and how they perform with VDPAU.


Gigabyte GA-E7AUM-DS2H, 9400G IGP, 512MB@1600Mhz.. 580MHz. Supports H264, MPEG2 and VC-1

deinterlacing result:

- SD: One Field, Bob 2X, Temporal 1X, Advanced 1X, Temporal 2X, Advanced 2X
- HD: One Field, Bob 2X, Temporal 1X, Advanced 1X

Note with HD content and either Temporal 1X and Advanced 1X there are some weird effects from time to time, like it's missing some frames and slight trails on moving object: still usable

Jean-Yves Avenard wrote, May 13, 2009 7:31:57 PM PDT, "9xxx series motherboards/VDPAU", on MythTV-Users list:

Everything works out of the box with Ubuntu 8.10 but sounds over HDMI. With 9.04 everything works straight away.

I went to the Gigabyte board over the Asus one for two reasons:

  • 9400 chipset vs 9300. Not sure if it makes much difference at the end of the day with VDPAU and what deinterlacers you can use
  • Read a few reports about the Asus having problems with overheating ...

When installing MythDora 10.21 x86_64 on this board, pass the following options to the kernel (press tab at the screen) to install in graphical mode

vesa nofb xdisplay=vesa

You might get a shrunken display (happened to me on a Sony Bravia 32"), but very usable

John Haywood

The board worked fine for me for HDMI audio with Mythbuntu 9.04, but only after I:

  • Disabled "Onboard audio" in the BIOS, but left "HDMI audio" enabled
  • Upgraded ALSA to 1.0.20
  • Manually set Utilities/Setup -> Setup -> General -> "Audio output device" to "ALSA:hdmi" in the Mythtv setup.

More details on my HTPC page. -- Jeff Chan, 26 August 2009