AMD Athlon 64 3200+
1024 mb ddr ram
abit kv8pro 1.1 k8t800pro northbridge
ata 133 80gb hd
Im a big
in terms of linux (not in computers in general) but I have set my mind to using linux. I have been trying for some time but I always end up with problems because I have very little knowledge of how to get things done in linux.
First of all I had to decide which distro to use so I installed suse 9.1 personal, ubuntu and fedora core 3 alongside windows (not at the same time of course). Because Im not a n00b with computers this was no problem for me, but all three distro's gave me some kind of problems (apart from the fact I dont know how to install the nvidia driver...)
The problem I had with fedora (both 32 and 64 bit) is that when booting it often wouldnt go past the "network storage audio". Sometimes it got past, sometimes not. Tried removing my audigy, enabling and disabling onboard audio but it seemed random and happended often. Needless to see that if I cant fix this problem, fedora is out.
The problem with suse 9.1 is that that my onboard lan doesnt work. I *think* linux does recognize it, but if I type the ip adress of my modem/router is cant connect. I tried downloading the ethernet driver and tried to understand the readme but I couldnt. Then I just tried exactly following the readme, but again I couldnt (part of the problem is also that it only tells you what you should do, not what youre actually doing, I have no idea what everything I type does...)
Then ubuntu. Again no problems installing it (both 32 and 64 bit) but first of all the installer tells me it cant find my network card, and secondly, when the installation is completely finished (second turn) it tries to boot but tells me it cant start X. Again, no idea what to do to fix it
Weird thing though is that the live cd of ubuntu works without problems (apart from the network not working, although, in contrary to suse, in ubuntu I can connect to my modem, but even with trying many things to get internet working, it doesnt work).
btw: the times I was able to boot fedora, network worked perfectly..
Apart from this Ive also installed fedora and ubuntu on the microsoft virtual machine. Ubuntu only gives me problems with the network. The fedora installation works without problems but when it then reboots it tells me:
INIT: version 2.85 booting
INIT: Entering runlevel: 5
INIT: Id "1" respawning too fast disabled for 5 minutes.
Right now Im trying to install the ethernet drivers on ubuntu on my virtual pc. The readme tells me to untar rhinefet.tgz, no problem. Then I must compile the source file, but with my very little knowledge of linux, this is where I get stuck
ps: I would love to use a 64 bit distro (suse, fedora and ubuntu all have one), but how worthwhile will that be? Is support for 64 bit good? I have no clue, except that I know there is no 64 bit flashplayer, but otherwise, should I at all bother using 64 bit?
So far it has been a very long story, and Im still not sure which distro to use, (thats why Im trying them all) but without being able to give them a real shot (any of them) this only makes my transition from windows tougher (and Im determined to get it to work, I wont just quit), altough right know I think ubuntu has the greatest possiblity.
If any of you can help me that would mean a lot to me. If you need more info, just ask, If you want me to do something, no problem (if its something in linux, then please tell me in detal what I should do, and what I would be doing. Just doing something without knowing what doesnt make it easier to understand linux)