LINUX ON LAPTOPS: Samsung X10: NOTHING can be installed
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Its always a good idea to check linux-laptops.net, and your laptop has the traditional good new/bad news situation. Maybe. The good news is that it is listed here. The potentially bad news is that the entry is in German. However there is also this site that is in English with a few pointers.
The common theme is that both of them are using Debian.
I guess I don't have any practical advice since I've never installed Linux on a laptop (although I've been eyeing my Dell Inspiron lately). However, from the digging around I posted previously it looks as if Debian is worth a shot. I believe that Knoppix is derived from Debian, and your partial success may indicate it is the way to go. The other tack I would be tempted to take is to go the vanilla route with Slackware. If you have the documentation that came with your system, it hopefully has monitor stats in it that woud allow you to get Slack going. Slackware's not as hard as you might think and since it relies on the console, it may get you a functional system that you can then tweak for X.
Whatever, i've got more than 40 other posts and replies to attend to with "Well Done" "Thank you" and "More help please." All of which tried different links I posted to various degrees of success. So, I don't really care. It works or it doesnt. The 3 links all have the laptops working, the second link, everything but the network card. Not sure what else you would need.
Thanks for the advice on Gentoo.
I did download 2 ISO images (basic CD and CD1).
Basic didn't work, so I tried a Stage3 install from CD1.
Spent an interesting 4 hours following instructions by the book, only to find that my beloved nVidia GeForce4 420 Go made the screen produce a lot of garbage.
However, I am proud I managed to boot!.
Will keep trying, although my Red Hat is now the main lab to test ACPI patches for the 2.4.21 and 2.4.20 kernels.
Will keep you posted.
BTW, it seems that LinEx didn't install because Debian Woody comes with a slightly older XFree version that won't allow an X environment with my graphic card.
Following on the links you mentioned at the start of this thread, I found quite a few Samsung X10 users fighting to get different speedstepping modes and full ACPI compliance.
It seems clear that I'll have to fiddle with the buggy DSDT provided by Samsung for their PhoenixBIOS.