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Old 07-16-2009, 10:32 AM   #1
senjak
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I'm using the latest Ubuntu on the following hardware.
  • ASUS M3N78-EM AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8300 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor
  • 1.5 TB SATA Seagate hard drive
  • Sony KDS-R50XBR1 via hdmi
  • Micro bluetooth adapter from logitech?
  • SATA DVD burner with Lightscribe

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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