Can't get Ubuntu/Fedora to boot on Eurocom Laptop with Raid 5 and 2 x grahpics cards
Hi, thanks for such a great supportive network especially for new users to Linux. It is giving me the confidence to try and get this problem sorted and get over my windoze separation anxiety.
I have finally taken the plunge to go Linux like I knew I should have about 10 years ago, but it aint happenin for me. Probably trying too hard on the first go.
I have tried to install the latest versions of both Fedora and Ubuntu on my laptop both onto a new partition on my hard drive (partition magic) and then also by re-formatting the entire drive from scratch, but I keep getting no joy in booting up the system. Just a lank screen with a blinking cursor to nowhere.
The only Distro I have up and running is Puppy, but I can only boot from CD as the HD install also does not start up.
I have tried the latest Ubuntu iso file and Fedora 10 as the Disk bundled with the Magazine and also the down load iso file (i.e. including the x86_64).
Fedora keeps giving me a Bios Hand-off error no matter what changes I make to the setup.
I have used the install CDs to check the drives and the install CDs for errors but all are clean.
It might be the nature of my system. I have a EUROCOM D90xC PHANTOM-X Laptop - and I know some of you just said serve you right for having such an over spec machine!
I imagine the laptops specs or setup is giving the install engine a hard time. If anyone can see a reason in the specs why I am not going to install Linux in the near future, then please let me know so that I can again dutifully, but grudgingly go back to Windoze XP.
These are the specs of my system:
•EUROCOM D901C PHANTOM-X; 17-inch; Widescreen; WUXGA 1920-by-1200 pixels;
•2.0 Megapixels; WebCam; internal USB interface
•2 x 9800M GTX cards in SLI. 2 GB’s of Video RAM
•Intel Quad Core 2 Processor Q9450: 2.66GHz; FSB1333; 12MB L2; LGA775; PENRYN 45nm; 95W
•8GB; 2x 4GB DDR2-667; 200pin; CL-5; PC2-5300 - 2 SODIMMs
•RAID 5 Setup; 3 x physical hard drives
•200GB; SATA-300; 7,200rpm; up to 3Gb/s; 16MB cache; 2.5-inch
•200GB; SATA-300; 7,200rpm; 3Gb/s; 16MB cache; 2.5-inch
•500GB; SATA-500; 5,400rpm; up to 3Gb/s; 8MB cache; 2.5-inch; 9.5mm
•8x Multi DVD +-RW/-RAM Burner; PATA/IDE; Dual-Layer; Tray-based; w/ Software
•via ExpressCard or PCMCIA slot, internal Turbo Memory slot or via USB port
•Wireless Routers Available ... see below
•7-in-1 Card Reader; MMC/RSMMC/SD/Mini-SD/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo
Any and all help is greatly appreciated.