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Old 01-23-2012, 11:51 AM   #1
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Installing any linux on AMD A4-3400 box


Hi,

I want to install Linux [currently I don't even care about the distro] on a box with a4-3400.
I've tried Ubuntu 11.10 and Opensuse 12.1
Both fail to start the installer - screen goes blank and monitor turns off.
I've tried text mode in both cases - same thing.
Tried safe kernel - same thing.
I thought that I will be able to use the vnc installation on opensuse... well the whole installation process seems screwed as vnc server won't even start.

This is going to be a box for secretary. Chrome + Libre office and nothing else on it.
I have to install it tomorrow. I've wasted whole day today and tomorrow is the last day I am going to try. Damn it...

Does anyone know ANY distro [+ version] which will install on A4-3400??
I've heard rumors about Ubuntu 11.04. Downloading now, will try to install it tomorrow.
Damn it :/

And yeah... I am not able to add another graphic card for installation. Nope... If i could I would have done that already...
 
Old 01-23-2012, 12:03 PM   #2
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What is your current graphics card?
 
Old 01-23-2012, 01:28 PM   #3
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As I've mentioned several times, it's AMD A4-3400. It's got Radeon 6410D core built in.
 
Old 01-23-2012, 01:33 PM   #4
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Apologies for not memorizing the entire AMD catalog, if you had put that information in your original post, then I would have known I couldn't help you... Sorry for wasting your time and good luck.
 
Old 01-23-2012, 01:52 PM   #5
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I just read a post on Distrowatch that Pardus Linux works on the AMD APUs, just because it comes from the Turkey and they have not to bother with software patents and such things, so that they are able to include almost any proprietary driver. I would give that a try, if you can live with the legal issues (if there are any in your country).
 
Old 01-23-2012, 03:48 PM   #6
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There is sone interesting experience here, but given how early in the process your system fails, I am not sure that it helps much.

The writer there was using openSUSE 11.4, which is an earlier version, and so you would have expected a lower chance of success for that than the more recent one. OTOH, it did seem that in that post there was a working installation, the motherboard was swapped, and then the installation was 'fixed', and then it worked, which is probably not the way that you are trying to work.
 
Old 01-23-2012, 05:11 PM   #7
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ubuntu beta 12 will most likley work. At the boot prompt try adding
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nomodset xdriver=vesa
to the kernel/linux line and see if that helps
 
Old 01-23-2012, 05:44 PM   #8
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Apologies for not memorizing the entire AMD catalog, if you had put that information in your original post, then I would have known I couldn't help you... Sorry for wasting your time and good luck.
sorry man... I was tiny bit grumpy difficult times right now and this issue driving me crazy. apologies.

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I would give that a try, if you can live with the legal issues (if there are any in your country).
Nope, it has to be legal. BTW: nice bias. Way to go!

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ubuntu beta 12 will most likley work. At the boot prompt try adding to the kernel/linux line and see if that helps
Thanks a lot! I will give it a go tomorrow. Will start downloading now.

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There is sone interesting experience here, but given how early in the process your system fails, I am not sure that it helps much.

The writer there was using openSUSE 11.4, which is an earlier version, and so you would have expected a lower chance of success for that than the more recent one. OTOH, it did seem that in that post there was a working installation, the motherboard was swapped, and then the installation was 'fixed', and then it worked, which is probably not the way that you are trying to work.
Yeah, the issue starts right after I hit install. What's weird is that both ubuntu and opensuse text mode would not work :/

Thanks guys!
 
Old 01-23-2012, 06:02 PM   #9
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I had a similar experience last night upgrading to openSUSE 12.1 on an HP AMD quad core desktop. After selecting the install boot options in grub, it would reboot after trying to load the kernel. The solution was pressing escape in grub to use grub's text mode. The graphical related problem for me was with grub's graphical mode, and not the kernel selection or boot options.
 
Old 01-24-2012, 12:20 AM   #10
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In my case I leave grub fine, I can see some screen logging when choosing text mode and that's it.
Anyway, I'm on my way to work in a minute and will raport back later.
 
Old 01-24-2012, 01:24 AM   #11
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So I've started with Ubuntu 12.4 alpha 1.
Without setting anything it would go haywire as the rest of the distros I've tried.
But after using nomodset it went fine [at least it went to the X].

Thanks for all your help!
I hope the rest of the installation will be less painful
 
Old 01-24-2012, 03:24 AM   #12
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Ok... finally made it.
After installing I was not able to start it normally, but I've followed this description:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...78&postcount=9
and it went fine.

Good luck to anyone trying to install Linux on A4.
 
Old 01-24-2012, 08:14 AM   #13
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Calculate Linux issues out weekly ISO images. Right now, the images use a 3.1.6 kernel which might yield better results as far as booting to a live gui environment with these newer APU's. It worked great with my E-450, although the Zacate has been out for longer than the Llano APU's.

Xfce LiveCD ISO: http://mirror.cnet.kz/calculate/CLDX/stages/x86_64/
 
Old 08-23-2012, 11:12 AM   #14
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Video issues with installing on A4-3400 with internal radeon core

So. I bought an economy kit from newegg (need to replace my RH 6.2 NOT RHEL, but OOOOLD 6.2 firewall) and had the devil's own time getting beyond the initial DVD boot - like so many others, grub would start up, but fail with a black screen after the video was switched. There was a mention above of getting it working with Ubuntu which was the key. Failed on F16, Knoppix 6.2, and several others, both via cd/dvd or bootable USB drive. Here's what worked for me last night:

Distro Fedora 17

- boot from DVD, hit TAB for "all details" on the install option

- add the kernel parameter "vga=vesa" (no quotes) to the kernel line and continue

all was happy, the installed linux doesn't need the addition in grub.cfg

otherwise, a nice fast chip.
 
Old 08-23-2012, 03:06 PM   #15
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Well, vesa has been around for a long time and it does help out and still works OK.

The solution in some disto's is to add in the correct amd driver before you reboot or do it from some safe mode boot.

Yep, Fedora 17 seems to work for a while on some of the amd's but it too may suffer from the screen going blank after 20 minutes or so.
 
  


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