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Has anyone of you installed Linux to Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo D8830? I tried to install Mandrake Linux 9.1 and 10.0 (Community Edition) but both of them failed.
In fact, the installation processes went fine but when LILO tried to boot, it displayed only the letter 'L'. I have announced this in my other thread in this forum.
What distros do you suggest to my laptop? I'd like to have Mandrake but it just doesn't work even though the problem might not be in the distro itself, rather in LILO or my system. I had Red Hat Linux 8 in my desktop computer but I didn't like Red Hat's Bluecurve style. I don't know a lot about SuSE (typed correctly?) or Debian but I demand that the distro I'll install must have RPM package support (just like in Red Hat and Mandrake).
As you say in your thread "Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo D1840W and Fedora Core 2", Window XP Home Edition's installer won't work correctly if there is some partitions in the hard drive. The hard drive mustn't be full of zeros (at least not in my case) but the partition table must be empty or otherwise the XP's installer will hang after some hardware check (I don't know what it's exactly in English because my Windows XP HE is a Finnish version).
pevelius: Did you experience the boot problem that I described in this thread with Fedora Core 2?
I tried SuSE Linux 9.1's Live CD and it worked really fine on my laptop.
nope, I didnīt have any boot issues. I went with automatic partitioning when I installed fedora 2.
yes,only the boot sector has to be all zeros, not the whole hd. I just couldnīt install windows before i totally emptied hd. just removing existing partitions didnīt work (tried with linux fdisk) so i just grabbed the first program that can write hd full of zeros.
btw, my xp is fi too, so i may be stalking u right now...
I don't have Linux installed in my system right now. I'm waiting for SuSE Linux 9.1 to be released to their FTP site (June 4th).
In Windows Amilo's TouchPad can be disabled by installing Synaptics's TouchPad driver and disabling it from Control Panel. At first I just tried to remove Microsoft's PS2 mouse driver but the system installed it every time after rebooting the computer.
I've got fedora core3 running on my amilo d 8830 without any problems at all. It installed fine on first attempt. Earlier I've had mandrake 9.2 running on the same machine. Have had some problems, but I think it is the machine itself and not linux as some of the problems also appears in windows xp ( DVD drive is crappy)