Originally Posted by Flying penguin
Hi there! I have a mobo exactly like yours and I've been strugling with similar issues. My lan runs OK, no sound (ok, if I use an ancient pci card then I get some "sound"). And yes, I'm also running MEPIS 3.4.3.
Hey, how about video? I'm pretty sure I don't have original and correct drivers 'cause 3d-things are about as beautiful as they were on my old 386 in the sweet nineties. And the integrated card shouldn't be too bad. I have checked that using console (the only thing I can do with it...) and the output was that openGL and stuff doesn't run (or whatever).
Yes, I've also overcome the sound problem on the ASRock K8NF4G-SATA2 motherboard by using a PCI sound card rather than the on-board audio.
The LAN is interesting. The eth0 appears to be UP but no communication occurs (eg. ping doesn't work). Then I tried installing SUSE 10.1 beta 8 to see whether that worked, and the LAN did work OK (so did sound). Then I re-installed MEPIS 3.4.3 and surprise, the LAN now worked! I powered off the computer and on again - and it still worked. Some time later though it had stopped working again. I'm not sure whether this was because I ran Windows XP (it's set up to dual-boot Windows and MEPIS), or because I ran a SUSE 10 Live CD, but it looks like there's something in the LAN that needs to be setup that perhaps MEPIS isn't doing properly?
Regarding the video display. MEPIS runs OK out of the box. I pressed F3 on the MEPIS Live CD boot screen to select 1280x1024, and that causes MEPIS to install with a 1280x1024 display. Make sure you DON'T tick the "Official Nvidia Driver" option in the MEPIS OS Center. If you do then MEPIS boots into console mode and the desktop fails to start.
Without the Nvidia driver you don't get 3D acceleration. 3D acceleration works with WindowsXP using the windows Nvidia driver (version 8185) that comes on the CD that accompanies the motherboard. The "Official Nvidia Driver" that MEPIS installs is an earlier version (7676 I think), so perhaps that's the problem. I tried to compile the source of the latest driver from nvidia.com (with the linux-headers package) but failed. I didn't see NV44 among Nvidia's list of supported graphics chips for the driver though.