Originally Posted by sniff
Thanks, avdgeijn, although nodmraid was not the solution it lead me down the path to the real solution. Which is...
pci=nomsi kernel option at boot!
Opensuse 10.3 is installing as we speak! This still hasn't solved my problems with the Phenom chips but it looks like thats BIOS, and now at least I'm not stuck with Vista!
I will update if this solves problems with ethernet...
I have had partial success installing Debian 4.0 up to the point when the installation program asks for network driver and presents the list of drivers included in that particular distribution. Unfortunatelly, none of them work. All I could do was to skip to the option "install the base system" and that allowed me to install the very minimum. Now there is forcedeth.c file somewhere on the internet, on LinuxHQ site, to be precise. You may have look at that and see if it helps your problem.