Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 (Mainboard, ATX, AMD 970, Socket AM3+)

Mainboard ATX, Gigabyte, Mainboard, USB 3.0

Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 (Mainboard, ATX, AMD 970, Socket AM3+)
Linux compatibility:
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Updated: 08/03/2016 22:38

Review of Linux Compatibility

The Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 is a ATX mainboard with AM3+ socket. The board is supported under Linux, but some additional settings are necessary to use it:

By default, the board is shipped with IOMMU deactivated in the BIOS. With such settings the USB 3.0 ports work under Linux, but the USB 2.0 and Ethernet are deactivated. If IOMMU is activated, USB 2.0 and Ethernet work under Linux, but the USB 3.0 ports are deactivated.

To use all three components in parallel under Linux, the IOMMU needs to be deactivated in the BIOS and the following “grub” configuration has to be added to the file /etc/default/grub:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="iommu=soft"

The new configuration is activated by the command

sudo update-grub

Hardware Overview

The following hardware is recognized and supported by the Linux kernel:

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (external gfx0 port B) [1002:5a14] (rev 02)
	Subsystem: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (external gfx0 port B) [1002:5a14]

00:02.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port B) [1002:5a16] (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport

00:04.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port D) [1002:5a18] (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport

00:09.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RD890 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port H) [1002:5a1c] (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport

00:11.0 SATA controller [0106]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [AHCI mode] [1002:4391] (rev 40) (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Device [1458:b002]
	Kernel driver in use: ahci

00:12.0 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller [1002:4397] (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Device [1458:5004]
	Kernel driver in use: ohci-pci

00:12.2 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller [1002:4396] (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Device [1458:5004]
	Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci

00:13.0 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller [1002:4397] (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Device [1458:5004]
	Kernel driver in use: ohci-pci

00:13.2 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller [1002:4396] (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Device [1458:5004]
	Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci

00:14.0 SMBus [0c05]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SBx00 SMBus Controller [1002:4385] (rev 42)

00:14.2 Audio device [0403]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) [1002:4383] (rev 40)
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Device [1458:a002]
	Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel

00:14.3 ISA bridge [0601]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 LPC host controller [1002:439d] (rev 40)
	Subsystem: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 LPC host controller [1002:439d]

00:14.4 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge [1002:4384] (rev 40) (prog-if 01 [Subtractive decode])

00:14.5 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI2 Controller [1002:4399] (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Device [1458:5004]
	Kernel driver in use: ohci-pci

00:15.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB700/SB800/SB900 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 0) [1002:43a0] (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport

00:16.0 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller [1002:4397] (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Device [1458:5004]
	Kernel driver in use: ohci-pci

00:16.2 USB controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller [1002:4396] (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Device [1458:5004]
	Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci

00:18.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor HyperTransport Configuration [1022:1200]

00:18.1 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor Address Map [1022:1201]
00:18.2 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor DRAM Controller [1022:1202]
00:18.3 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor Miscellaneous Control [1022:1203]
	Kernel driver in use: k10temp

00:18.4 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor Link Control [1022:1204]

02:00.0 USB controller [0c03]: Etron Technology, Inc. EJ168 USB 3.0 Host Controller [1b6f:7023] (rev 01) (prog-if 30 [XHCI])
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Device [1458:5007]
	Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd

03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller [10ec:8168] (rev 06)
	Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Motherboard [1458:e000]
	Kernel driver in use: r8169

04:06.0 Network controller [0280]: Qualcomm Atheros AR9227 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:002d] (rev 01)
	Subsystem: Qualcomm Atheros Device [168c:0301]
	Kernel driver in use: ath9k

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