I recently turned my 7 year old HP Pavilion a1030e desktop into a Ubuntu media server. From what I could find on the HP website it contains a K8S-LA (Salmon) motherboard. I'm planning on adding a "Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD10EALX" to the default 80 GB HDD.
I used to love Seagate. I guess this was during the 20GB to 300GB days. They were the only manufacturer that offered a 5 year warranty (when the other companies were offering only 1 to 3 years), and their drives were reliable and fast.
Sometime in 2009, I bought a 1TB Seagate drive out of loyalty to the brand.
My desktop is about seven years old with an older ASUS motherboard. I have one Western Digital Caviar 160 GB IDE HDD, one Western Digital Caviar 250 GB SATA HDD, and two Seagate Barracuda 750 GB SATA HDDs installed that work perfectly with Windows XP.
Tested with Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty. Onboard HD audio: I only tested the analog input/output part. Works great, the system volume control applet works flawlessly, the sliders are correct. Can record from selected source. Front audio panel works. Onboard...