Mostly Successful Build Report
I'm using the latest Ubuntu on the following hardware.
Initially I broke the disk into two partitions, root and swap.
I started out with the 64b version, encountered an installation problem with grub, dropped down the the 32b version of Ubuntu and encountered the same problem.
Then I partitioned the disk into 3 partitions, ~500 MB root, ~900 MB mounted as /media and the rest as swap. This worked.
Everything is up and running mostly correctly. The only issue that I'm currently seeing is a problem with the video resolution. The embedded Nvidia 8300 insists on scaling everything to 1920x1080.
The only major problem that causes is that the image border is outside of the visible area of the screen. I will defeat the auto-resizing, or I will simply live with it, as the image looks really nice and video plays really well.
A minor problem is that the motherboard will only see 3 SATA drives; however, that isn't bothering me at this time.
With a different HD Television, this would rock after initial setup. My user community (the GF and my niece) think that this is a nice upgrade from the earlier system.
The upgrade was spurred by being unable to play the trailer for "Iron Moon" at full screen resolution. It plays very nicely now.
Sometime soon, I'll get around to posting a build report for my new I7 based gaming machine.
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