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I have been trying (unsuccesfully) to install Fedora Core 4 64-bit. The installation will freeze at a different point on each attempt at installation. I have tried turning off ACPI and installing in text mode (as suggested in different forums), but to no avail. I have the following hardware:
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum motherboard
AMD Athlon64 3200+ (Venice)
320 GB Western Digital Caviar RE IDE hard drive
Another odd thing I've noticed when installing, when I install the 32-bit version of FC4, my monitor is recognized, but the 64-bit version does not recognize the monitor.
since it has been over a week and this post has been viewed over 100 times without a response, I am forced to assume that this distribution is not compatible with my hardware. This is not surprising since none of the other 64-bit distributions I have tried in the meantime have been able to install (Ubuntu -- both Hoary and Breezy RC, and Gentoo). Hopefully FC5 will clear up these incompatibilities. Until then, I will use the 32-bit version (which also has issues, but at least it will install eventually). To anyone considering running the x86_64 version of Fedora Core 4 I say Good Luck and Godspeed.
I tried to install 64-bit Ubuntu once again using acpi=off (which I had not tried previously when I tried Ubuntu) and once again the installation froze. I am back to running 32-bit Fedora on the box, which finally installed after a few installation freezes. (I keep that WD Data Lifeguard disk handy for low-level formats after the installation failures.) I originally bought this with the intention of using it as a MythTV box and installing KnoppMyth. This is the same motherboard/processor specified by the KnoppMyth Reference Platform, yet the installation of KnoppMyth completely fails. I am coming under the impression that these distros will need some time to "catch up" to this hardware. Until that day (which will hopefully be sometime in February), I will have to be content with running 32-bit. Now as far as MythTV goes, that presents its own unique set of issues and challenges.
I've had no problems installing Ubuntu 64, Kanotix 64, Suse 64, and Centos 64. Might be one or two I've missed. I play with the 64 bit distros but I do not rely on them. I stick with 32 bit for my main operating system.
You really havn't missed much. Speed is slightly better as far as desktop usage and booting. You are limited to what you can do until software catches up. Stability can be a problem.
Well, I thought I'd check back here since I've tried a few things since my last post.
I tried the new Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) 64-bit and that install also fails (completely freezes at the start, even with acpi=off). In order to get the 32-bit version of Ubuntu to install, I have to interrupt the install at the point where it asks about timezones (by selecting "BACK"). I then have to select Install LILO from the list (the installation would freeze at the GRUB install, so I figured I'd simply select the other bootloader).
I have also tried the new KnoppMyth 5A22, which fails either at the installation type selection (frontend, auto, etc), or when it tries to automatically update the nVidia drivers.
This box is really intended to be a High-def PVR/DVD player that will reside in the living room. Getting a 64-bit OS to run on this box is not really very important to me. I really just wanted to try it out until either KnoppMyth works or I can get MythTV to work on some other distro (preferably Fedora).
Oh well, back to square one. I'm beginning to wonder how much longer the hard drive is going to hold out with all the installation attempts and failures requiring a hard reset.
I installed successfully on an Athlon64 : Ubuntu; Fedora4; Solaris. SuSE 9.1 doesn't work but that's because it doesn't recognize SATA-disks or mouse and kbd in USB . I installed from CD's : maybe try that.
I was able to get the latest ubuntu to install just fine, though apt-get was wonky as hell. I am currently trying to install FC4 64 and I get the same problem but for me turning off acpi works and I get to the dialogue stage of the installation. However, once I am there I tell it to install from my cdrom and it complains that it can't find any media on the cd. I did the sha1sum on all the iso's, and I would do a media check if I could only get that far. Any ideas? Maybe I'll try installing it from ftp or http.
I finally found the solution to the problem. My motherboard and memory were bad! I attempted to install the Windows 64-bit trial and it also failed, which brought me around to thinking that the hardware might have a problem. I swapped the memory out of another system and the installation got a little further, but still hung toward the end. After that, when I replaced the original memory, the system would not even POST. I bought a new identical motherboard and I am now posting from a system running Fedora Core 5 testing 2 x86_64.