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Old 10-09-2007, 05:28 AM   #1
fireblade_spark
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Unhappy I really need to and want to switch to LINUX PLEASE HELP


I am using microsoft windows XP
I want to switch to Ubuntu 7.04,
my PC's configuration is Intel Core 2 Duo, Nvidia geforce 7100 gs, with 1 gig of RAM.
i want to to know that, what is the possibility that i would be facing any problem with installation!
and also that Ubuntu will be recognising my graphics card!
(Last time i tried to switch to Linux{SUSE 10.1} i got into a lot of trouble, my graphics card was not recognized and some xserver problem was showed! i tried to fix that and i ended up with a failed motherboard!!)

So guys please help me !!
i really want to use Ubuntu
 
Old 10-09-2007, 05:37 AM   #2
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Don't Panic!! The Ubuntu CD's are live/install discs, so you can try them before you actually install to your hard drive. Also, you don't need to get rid of XP - try dual-booting. There's plenty of information on these forums on how to do it, use the Search button.
 
Old 10-09-2007, 06:02 AM   #3
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Unhappy Ive done so

i ran Ubuntu 7.04 from the live disc but it showed up the same message.
Failed to start xserver(your graphics user interface)!!
and when i tried the same disc on a pc without the graphics card it ran smoothly~~!!
I think that Ubuntu also does'nt recognize my graphics card while running in live mode.
 
Old 10-09-2007, 06:36 AM   #4
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I don't know much about hardware problems. I've been lucky in that every distro I've tried has worked OK (GeForce 4 MX 4000). Anyway, somebody on these forums will know more and be able to help.
 
Old 10-09-2007, 08:10 AM   #5
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hi - You're just unlucky that the installation cd did not recognize the graphics card and load up the right driver. Maybe try your luck with some other live cds like knoppix. If they manage to give you graphics, check their configurations in /etc/X11/xorg.conf to see what configurations they are using. That might help you figure out what the original problem is.

my general advice is don't give up. I always encounter hardware problems, sometime big, sometimes small, when installing linux. They are always surmountable if you stick with it. Ubuntu prides itself on good hardware detection, but it is not perfect.

-mark
 
Old 10-09-2007, 08:16 AM   #6
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The problem is start/to install menu option or to load the liveCD?

If you access to start menu, you see if can write "noloapic" parameter in the boot options.
 
Old 10-09-2007, 09:15 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by andrews-mark View Post
hi - You're just unlucky that the installation cd did not recognize the graphics card and load up the right driver. Maybe try your luck with some other live cds like knoppix. If they manage to give you graphics, check their configurations in /etc/X11/xorg.conf to see what configurations they are using. That might help you figure out what the original problem is.

my general advice is don't give up. I always encounter hardware problems, sometime big, sometimes small, when installing linux. They are always surmountable if you stick with it. Ubuntu prides itself on good hardware detection, but it is not perfect.

-mark
I agree totally, if you give up, then you get nowhere.

Something doesn't make sense that Nvidia card not being recognized. Is this "Onboard" video, or is it a video card? I assume a video card, but it shouldn't matter.

If you really want to use Ubuntu, here's what I would do. I would not completely remove Windows, until you know everything in Ubuntu works(if thats your intent)

1st- Backup your system. The chances of a major problem are slim, unless you're completely wreckless, but it can happen. If you live on the edge, proceed at your own risk.

2nd- If you're comfortable using the text-based installer, download the "Alternate Install CD". What you do next, will depend on the size of your hard drive. Not knowing the size of your hard drive, I can't give much of a suggestion here. General rule of thumb though, create a swap partition 1.5-2x the size of your system Ram(so in your case, 1.5gig-2gig). Then set / to be at least 12gigs. Obviously if you have a very big hard drive with a lot of free space, you can give / more space.

I'm assuming the alternate install CD will get the system installed and allow you to boot, then you can work on installing the proper drivers for the card.

Of course, the other option, is to try the Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Beta Live CD. Gutsy will be final release in about 2 weeks, but still gets regular updates, and has a few oddball problems sometimes. Its been fine on my PC and Laptop, but YMMV. Maybe you'll have better luck with it.

Also, just a suggestion, I would stick to downloading the x86 versions, and unless you have some absolute need for 64bit, try the basic version, as some things in 64bit won't work w/o some hoop jumping(web plugins, java, flash etc..), but thats entirely up to you.

Link to 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Beta download

http://osmirrors.cerias.purdue.edu/p...releases/7.10/

Good luck

IGF
 
Old 10-09-2007, 10:02 AM   #8
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nonono

Don't go for gutsy yet! Feisty was ready enough at herd4, but gutsy is really not for the novice user at this stage. I would even suggest you wait to upgrade for at least one month after the final release.
Yesterday I installed fedora besides gutsy, because it got to the point of being unusable. It's a good exercise in troubleshooting, but not for a new user.
 
Old 10-09-2007, 11:13 AM   #9
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nonono

Don't go for gutsy yet! Feisty was ready enough at herd4, but gutsy is really not for the novice user at this stage. I would even suggest you wait to upgrade for at least one month after the final release.
Yesterday I installed fedora besides gutsy, because it got to the point of being unusable. It's a good exercise in troubleshooting, but not for a new user.
I guess its a matter of opinion, I have it running on two machines, with only minor quirks. Its just as stable as feisty. Again, thats for me, it could be dependant on your hardware, etc.

IGF
 
Old 10-09-2007, 12:29 PM   #10
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CMOS Settings?

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Originally Posted by fireblade_spark View Post
I am using microsoft windows XP
I want to switch to Ubuntu 7.04,
my PC's configuration is Intel Core 2 Duo, Nvidia geforce 7100 gs, with 1 gig of RAM.
i want to to know that, what is the possibility that i would be facing any problem with installation!
and also that Ubuntu will be recognising my graphics card!
(Last time i tried to switch to Linux{SUSE 10.1} i got into a lot of trouble, my graphics card was not recognized and some xserver problem was showed! i tried to fix that and i ended up with a failed motherboard!!)

So guys please help me !!
i really want to use Ubuntu


Hello,
I have had the same problems when installing Ubuntu. I am using 7.04. Feisty Fawn currently. Here is what I do. (Don't know if this is the best solution, I am still a Newby);
Unplug the hard drive with WinXP on it and install another hard drive in it's place. [One from an old computer or a new one.....They are getting cheaper all the time. I bought a new one at Wally World for $80 bucks (80 gig).] This will insure XP's survival!
Go in to the CMOS setup of your motherboard and make sure you set the Operating system type to "Other" for linux/unix.
I sometimes forget to do this and it seems to always "do the trick"!
Install from the cd and when it asks how you want the disk partition setup...choose "format disk and use all space available".

If you have a "Built in Graphics card on the motherboard and PCI or AGP or whatever card installed you may want to make sure it is disabled or disable it in CMOS also. I have had some IRQ conflicts with graphic cards when I didn't do this. I am using a 7 - 8 year old computer so this may all be unnecessary with the newest computers...I don't know. Any way...This is what I would do if it were me. You linux pros out there forgive me if all this is useless info!

Civil West
 
Old 10-09-2007, 03:38 PM   #11
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Thank you guys!!

Before going for Ubuntu i tried Knoppix 4.0 on the same PC(Intel Core 2 duo,Nvidia Geforce 7100 gs, 1 gig of RAM and 80 GB Hard disk) from a live CD and it ran smoothly without any hitch!!
so can somebody suggest me any OS which is is like knoppix(or maybe any version of Knoppix only) which is very eye candy at the same time so that i can try its live CD and then install it permanently on my PC!!

Last edited by fireblade_spark; 10-09-2007 at 03:44 PM.
 
Old 10-09-2007, 05:22 PM   #12
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Almost all distros offer a livecd version, I would suggest giving PCLinuxOS a try though
 
Old 10-09-2007, 08:13 PM   #13
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That's weird, nvidia 7100 should be covered by the open source nv driver. It works fine with a 7600GST... Maybe 7100 was introduced only after 7.04 came out? If so, you could try Mandriva 2008 or Suse 10.3 - both are brand new releases so they should have less trouble with newer hardware.
 
Old 10-09-2007, 08:23 PM   #14
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well some problems well i did not face any but some problems my friedn faced while trying to install ubuntu is that were it says instal ubuntu it did not come so it do not install well i do not think it will happen to you. But if you have a gfx card you have to install it to ubutnu so it works better i use to run ubuntu but now i use fedora 7 well so you maybe if you do nto install you gfx card your computer maybe slow well an when you install ubuntu you should use this command when you can not be able to see videos an hear music form youtube well you should use this command in your terminal

Quote:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
an let it install in your termianl. but if you have more problem let me get your msn aim yahoo so i can contact you
 
Old 10-09-2007, 10:28 PM   #15
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Thank you guys!!

Before going for Ubuntu i tried Knoppix 4.0 on the same PC(Intel Core 2 duo,Nvidia Geforce 7100 gs, 1 gig of RAM and 80 GB Hard disk) from a live CD and it ran smoothly without any hitch!!
so can somebody suggest me any OS which is is like knoppix(or maybe any version of Knoppix only) which is very eye candy at the same time so that i can try its live CD and then install it permanently on my PC!!
I had the same problem on an older computer - even Mepis (which is just about bullet proof) wouldn't get the video correct - But Elive Gem nailed it! Very impressive... And, on another computer (P3 Gateway) it was Mint that nailed it... Go figure.

So - look around - they are free you know!
 
  


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