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Old 09-01-2006, 01:58 AM   #16
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just in case someone would ask, I have tried the "safe mode" from SuSE:

barrier=off mce=off acpi=off apm=off ide=nodma idewait=50 i8042.nomux psmouse.proto=bare noapic
 
Old 09-01-2006, 02:00 AM   #17
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SATA is not raid I think... I am rebooting to see the settings.... back in a few.
 
Old 09-01-2006, 02:13 AM   #18
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USB is auto, I set to enable legacy. SATA is no raid. no help...
 
Old 09-01-2006, 02:30 AM   #19
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Okay but there is a thing within the Bios called something like "SATA Operations" or similar that describes how SATA will work. ATA or AHCI and so on.
And what means no "change"???
- Please describe what happens step by step after insert the CentOS 1st CD or the DVD?
- what do you choose at LINUXISO
 
Old 09-02-2006, 01:50 AM   #20
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checked my BIOS and there is no "how SATA works" just "enable/disable".

after I put in centos dvd, the boot prompt comes up

boot:

I can not enter anything and it'll self boot after 30 seconds or so, whole bunch of messages later, it just hangs, CPU shows activity when run under virtual PC so I am guessing that it's trying to do something but it can not.

enter any boot option makes no difference, "linux", "i586", "linux text", "i586 text", "linux noprobe"........ pretty any combination you can think of... they all die with

RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
VFS: Mounted root (ext filesystem)

as the last 2 messages
 
Old 09-04-2006, 02:11 AM   #21
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No joke. Did you check your Install media?
I just want to know what happens if you download the CD-Isos
and try to but with the 1st one of the 4 CentOs 4.3 CD Rom isos.
RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0 seems like an error on your Install Media.
 
Old 09-04-2006, 06:14 PM   #22
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well... I have checked the CentOS disk. I also doubt all disks for CentOS, SuSE 9, SuSE 10, Ubuntu and Slax all break at the same time... I am really confused as where the problem might be..... the thing I don't understand is that HP tries to be involved in linux (http://h71028.www7.hp.com/enterprise...0-0-0-121.html) but when I contacted support guys they do provide support for linux.
 
Old 09-05-2006, 02:13 AM   #23
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yes, but not for a multimedia system like you've got.
There is something you'll have to adjust with the bios settings.
Please give me all the specs you've got.
Chipset and so on.
 
Old 09-08-2006, 01:30 AM   #24
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AMD Live! Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600+
Asus A8M2N-LA Motherboard w/ GeForce 6150 LE Chipset
2048MB Memeory
Nvidia GeForce 7300LE Graphics Card
320GB 7200RPM Sata 3G Hard Drive
16x SuperMulti DVD Burner w/ Lightscribe Technology
Intergrated High Definition 8 Channel Audio Realtek ALC 888 Chipset
WinTV PVR-150 MCE TV Tuner with FM Tuner
9-in-One (4 Slot) Card Reader
Windows Media Center 2005 OS w/ Media Center Remote
HP Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

not sure if I missed anything....
 
Old 09-11-2006, 12:55 AM   #25
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Since I have exactly the same machine and I'm attempting to do more or less the same thing that you are I'll offer what I've learned thus far.

1) Since it sounds like you are wanting to use CentOS, make sure that you are using the latest version which is 4.4 as it contains some kernel updates, etc. You may want to consider performing your initial experimentation using a live CD/DVD version of your favorite distro.

2) Go pick up a NETGEAR ethernet card. They are very generic and very inexpensive. The one that I'm using is a GA311 Gigabit card. It will show up as (I think) a Realtek 8169. At this point in time the Linux driver support for the builtin NVidia ethernet adapter is not quite ready for prime time.

3) Remove the builtin modem card (who in their right mind uses a dialup modem anymore anyway) from the bottom PCI slot and insert the NETGEAR ethernet in it's place.

4) Go into the BIOS setup and disable the builtin LAN support.

Depending on the distro that you are using you may run into issues with the wireless keyboard and mouse. If so, replace them with PS2 devices.

Using the above I've had fairly good luck in trying CentOS 4.4, Fedora 5, PCLinuxOS 0.93a and Linspire Five-O on this machine.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 09-13-2006, 12:17 AM   #26
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ok.. you have no idea how much I appreciate this hit, even though I have not tried this myself, given that you have the same machine, I trust that I will be very successful in getting what I want done.

now just out of curiosity tho, how in the world did you figure out that is the problem ?
 
Old 09-14-2006, 01:02 AM   #27
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the battle is not over but I can see lights on the other end of the tunnel.

I first used simply menpis to boot and used qparted to partition my hard drive then I tried CentOS 4.3 (yes, i didn't download 4.4 because I was so eager to try anything) sure enough it passed where it was stuck and went ahead with the full installation.

also as you expected, the mouse click was not recgonized, but no problem, I have a PS2 mouse.

the problem is that after the installation I tried to boot it and guess what, the harddrive is corrupted so I can no longer boot XP. had to recover the harddrive. ouch.....

finally I am trying to install it using a virtual PC just to try out different distros and see how they perform. right now I am doing SuSE 9.3 and it's got the same problem I had with my laptop -> sllllllllllloooooooooowwwwwwww CD access, oh well... at least it is installing.

will report back when I have more information. I think that I will stick with virtual pc for a while and download the nForce driver to see if it works fine.
 
Old 09-14-2006, 09:23 PM   #28
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Quote:
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now just out of curiosity tho, how in the world did you figure out that is the problem ?
Mostly by observing the boot messages and checking the boot logs of various Live CDs and DVDs (the CentOS 4.4 LiveCD being one of them). After that, just trying some things that had worked for me in the past.

There is a set of nForce drivers on the nVidia web site named NFORCE-Linux-x86-1.11.zip that may help. In the case of CentOS the instructions and files for RHEL4_U3 should work but I haven't tried that yet. You'll have to roll up your sleeves and compile driver code for some of this.

Any of the more recent Linux distros should work quite well with the rest of your hardware (wireless keyboard included).
 
Old 09-14-2006, 11:45 PM   #29
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SuSE 9.3 just doesn't cut it.. after installation the keyboard and mouse running around like crazy... no_timer_check does not help at all... well... I don't even have a chance to put that in the grub load coz I can't type anything !!

CentOS 4.4 live dies (black screen) when it is supposed to show the log in screen. I am downloading 4.4 full installation to try it out. I'd like to stick with CentOS coz I use CentOS 4.3 at work.

I guess that's one of the problems buying new hardward :-)

so are you using the tuners at all ? how do you configure them ?
 
Old 01-18-2015, 09:51 PM   #30
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Install linux on HP m7580n media center desktop

I have Zorin OS 8 running on my old HP m7580n. The only issues I'm having are the system hangs when "Suspend" or "Sleep" functions is utilized. The system just does not wake up. Also, many of the keyboard's media controls do not work for I selected standard US keyboard during the install. Any Debian based Linux should work fine without the media center capabilities.

However, I would be interested to know if anyone has been able to get this model's media center capabilities functioning with a Debian based distro.
 
  


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