LinuxQuestions.org
LinuxAnswers - the LQ Linux tutorial section.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Password
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 03-13-2006, 03:21 PM   #1
etcetera
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Posts: 103

Rep: Reputation: 15
Dell Precision 670?


I want to get Dell Precision 670 - is that a good choice for SUSE or Fedora Core?

Any issues?

Any alternatives?

I want a dual Xeon either 2.8 or 3.0Ghz and SCSI hard drives.
 
Old 03-13-2006, 04:04 PM   #2
pljvaldez
Guru
 
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Somewhere on the String
Distribution: Debian Squeeze (x86)
Posts: 6,092

Rep: Reputation: 269Reputation: 269Reputation: 269
Are you ordering from Dell? If so, I would get a 670n loaded with RHEL. Not sure if the hardware in the 670 and 670n are different. But at the very least, you'll have linux compatible hardware with a 670n, even if you nuke RHEL and install Suse...
 
Old 03-13-2006, 07:21 PM   #3
etcetera
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Posts: 103

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
No, not from Dell, from ebay.
You can pick up a nice, off-lease unit for about a grand. Example: Dual 2.8Ghz, 1GB of RAM, SCSI disk(s), etc. These were very expensive machines recently. While not the latest and greatest, I think they are best bang for your buck, and a nice box compared to my dual P-II. (Which is still half-decent BTW)
 
Old 03-13-2006, 07:42 PM   #4
peter_89
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Distribution: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2; Slackware Linux 10.2
Posts: 215

Rep: Reputation: 30
Nah. The best possible thing you can possibly do is buy a computer pre-loaded with Linux. No hardware issues.
 
Old 03-13-2006, 11:47 PM   #5
pljvaldez
Guru
 
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Somewhere on the String
Distribution: Debian Squeeze (x86)
Posts: 6,092

Rep: Reputation: 269Reputation: 269Reputation: 269
If you're getting it from ebay, you might email the seller and see if you can find out what hardware is in the box. Then you can find out if it'll be supported in linux. Or see he'd be willing to pop a knoppix CD in it and at least figure out if all the hardware is recognized...
 
Old 03-14-2006, 10:32 AM   #6
etcetera
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Posts: 103

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
I was under the impression that Dell Precision was one model certified to run Linux, or at least RedHat. That, plus the fact I like its top-end configuration, makes it appealing. You can pick up an off-lease model for a nice price, 60% of what a similar new box will run.
 
Old 03-14-2006, 10:49 AM   #7
pljvaldez
Guru
 
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Somewhere on the String
Distribution: Debian Squeeze (x86)
Posts: 6,092

Rep: Reputation: 269Reputation: 269Reputation: 269
Well, I know the 670n is linux compatible, but I'm not sure about the 670. They've taken to adding an "n" to the linux machines. Not sure if that's just because the OS is different of if they're putting in slightly different hardware.
 
Old 03-14-2006, 12:47 PM   #8
peter_89
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Distribution: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2; Slackware Linux 10.2
Posts: 215

Rep: Reputation: 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by pljvaldez
Not sure if that's just because the OS is different of if they're putting in slightly different hardware.
They would have to, unless they made RedHat/Novell sign a deal to make their distributions compatible with Dell's proprietary hardware.
 
Old 03-14-2006, 12:51 PM   #9
etcetera
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Posts: 103

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
OK... So what is the difference between 670 and 670n?
 
Old 03-15-2006, 02:51 PM   #10
etcetera
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Posts: 103

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Will Linux run on this?

http://cgi.ebay.com/DELL-PRECISION-6...QQcmdZViewItem
 
Old 03-15-2006, 03:39 PM   #11
pljvaldez
Guru
 
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Somewhere on the String
Distribution: Debian Squeeze (x86)
Posts: 6,092

Rep: Reputation: 269Reputation: 269Reputation: 269
Like I said, I would call/email and see if they'd be willing to drop a knoppix cd in it. If it works on knoppix, it should be good to go...
 
Old 03-20-2006, 09:34 PM   #12
etcetera
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Posts: 103

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
There seems to be a multitude of issues concerning Linux on Dell Precision 670:

http://groups.google.com/group/alt.o...b6a4d828cda4eb

http://groups.google.com/group/novel...a86df18c22b256

http://groups.google.com/group/linux...a54f2f4c93bdcd


Does anyone here have Linux successfully installed on Dell Precision 670 (Not 670n)?

Last edited by etcetera; 03-20-2006 at 09:57 PM.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Installing linux on Dell precision 670 doesn't work hardian_97 Linux - Newbie 3 08-04-2005 06:41 AM
Dell Precision 670 Integrated NIC REFUSES to work with linux silex_88 Linux - Hardware 8 07-06-2005 11:57 AM
RH 7.3 install on a Dell 670 w/ Serial ATA Simul8 Linux - Software 2 03-21-2005 12:18 PM
AIC-7901A U320 Dell Precision 670 Linux 2.4 Not Found - Build from Source? initself Linux - Hardware 2 12-21-2004 06:22 PM
Problem with kernel 2.6 on a Dell Precision 670 aceroni Linux - Hardware 3 11-03-2004 10:21 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:50 PM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration