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Few days back I bought an hp laptop (hp g6 2005ax) which has amd a8 processor. It windows 7 home basic pre installed and out of that I created some 100 gb of free space to install linux(to be specific mandriva 2011). But alas, I cant install it. I have a live cd of mandriva 2011 which goes well through the basic step of choosing to install. But then loading stops in the middle and it goes on like that without any progress. I was dissapointed. I tried with openSuse 11.1 linux mint but no luck. Not even ubuntu. No fedora and solaris worked. Either the machine was restarted or it got stuck in the middle. Then I tried installing slackware to which I got a strange problem.
I googled out a lot and landed to some of the conclusions that amd a8 processor is not supported by linux(at least the major distros).
Now I have the following questions :
1) Is there any distro which I could install in my machine ???
2) does ubuntu 12.4 suuport amd apu ???
3) will linux ever create any support for this kind of processor ???
and finally when I tried installing slackware in the text mode setup was not possible. I tried using cfdisk to create linux partition.There was no error but also it didn't work. No partition table was created. Is it because of the processor issue ????????
I don't know how Fedora, Solaris or Ubuntu install, but for Slackware when you used cfdisk and created the partitions, did you select "write" to apply the changes? Otherwise it just gives you what you could be using. Afterwards, you'll need to run an "fdisk -l" to confirm they were created correctly.