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Old 11-28-2003, 09:34 PM   #1
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AMD, Chipset Compatability??


I've been trying to get Linux running inside a Virtual PC for the last month.
Finally got it working and I love it. The reason I installed in a virtual PC was because I wanted to be able to try it out without having to partition my drive and simply delete the V-Drive if I didn't like it.

The only problem is that inside a Virtual PC, it's a pain in the as$ to get the network connections working and a few other things. So now I'm looking to purchase another PC to run Linux alone. I been looking at a few Towers on Ebay and found one I like but not sure if it's going to be compatible. Please take a look at this link and let me know if the cipset and cpu would pose any problems:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=51123

I was also wondering if I install a wireless card on this new system if it will be able to share the same internet connection as my windows systems. I'm wondering if they can share the same router with no problem. I have a Linksys router.....what type of Desktop wireless card works well with Linux and this router......

Thanks...
 
Old 11-28-2003, 10:07 PM   #2
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That system should be OK, at least as far as the chipset goes. Video is kinda crappy, and winmodems are always doubtful with Linux...
Rather than trying to set up VirtualPC, the easier way is to get one of "LiveCD" distros such as Knoppix, Morphix, Mepis, AMLUG... the list goes on... they run entirely from the CD, never touching your hard disk, thus are ideal for checking compatibility. They usually do pretty good job of hardware recognition, too.
 
Old 11-28-2003, 11:19 PM   #3
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I have a few ATI 9000 video cards laying around that I plan on installing.
Can you suggest a wireless card that would integrate easly with Linux?
It needs to work with my existing Linksys router, not sure if that's possible.
That's one of the things I couldn't get working inside of Virtual PC.......
Let me know what you think.
 
Old 11-28-2003, 11:34 PM   #4
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I have a few ATI 9000 video cards laying around that I plan on installing.
Can you suggest a wireless card that would integrate easly with Linux?
It needs to work with my existing Linksys router, not sure if that's possible.
Sorry, I don't know anything about wireless, but try visiting for example http://linuxcompatible.org. From the main page, go to "hardware" and search for "wireless", or "linksys".... see what comes up.
About video, trouble is even if you disable on-board stuff in BIOS it is still often detected by Linux installers which tend to ignore BIOS anyway. This can be worked around, but it just makes things more complicated than they need to be. So just be aware of that.
 
Old 11-28-2003, 11:50 PM   #5
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Thanks for your advice, looks like just about any wireless card should be able to pick up the 802.11b in my building.
In case anyone's wondering here's a page that shows all wireless card compatability http://www.linux-wlan.org/docs/wlan_adapters.html.

One more question, besides the video card, I shouldn't having any problems installing Mandrake on this future system?
I just want to cover all my bases before I buy, I rather buy a more expensive system but like the price of this one. Let me know if you think I should keep up the price a few notches or if this is alright.....
 
Old 11-29-2003, 05:18 AM   #6
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This is a tough one. Looking at motherboard specs it should be OK. I had a Biostar motherboard once, and it was a very solid piece of equipment but a weird thing is, I can't find *anything* about this one. Very obscure model, or the designation is mispelled? No way to tell if the NIC will work either since the ad says nothing about what model it is. Hmm.... The suggested price of $699 seems more than a bit optimistic, especially since the system doesn't include HD or RAM. On the other hand, I guess I would take a risk for $157
 
  


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