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Well, Linux is definitely compatible with pretty much every processor you will ever see. BSD is even more so, it's compatible with even those that you will never see.
P.S. You're right, your nickname that you've given yourself is quite appropriate. Perhaps you should read up a bit on computers and Linux. The RUTE is a good resource: http://rute.2038bug.com/rute.html.gz
With the best will in the world and no disrespect intended, if you experts were to speak in plain *English* once in a while it might go some way to providing genuine assistance for the Clueless Classes (of which I for one am a prominent member).
Hardware compatibility is different from one Linux distribution to another,but the problem,as much as I know,was never in the processor,ussualy it's related to grafic cards or drives.The problem with processor may ocurre if you are using x86_64 distribution version,when you should be using x86_32 or viceversa.I have Intel Celeron 2,4 GHz processor and these are distributions I have used so far with no problem:Ubuntu 7.10,Slackware current,Debian GNU/Linux-Etch 4.0r3,Mandriva Linux 2008.0-One,Knoppix 5.1.1,dyne:bolic(latest version),PCLinuxOS 2007,Sabayon Linux 3,4,Gentoo 2007,Absolute Linux 12.0.1 b8,Parsix GNU/Linux1.0r0,openSuse 10.3,Damm small Linux 4.2.1,Backtrack 3 and of course Fedora 8(PCBSD too,it's not a Linux distro,but you may want to check it out,it's cool).So,you may try one of these and you will have no problems concerning your Intel Celeron processor,but as I said you may have problems with other hardware components,so my advice to you is to always post as much as possible informations you can about the problem you want to resolve.
Last edited by alan_ri; 03-23-2008 at 07:45 PM.
Reason: adding distro
Did you give Ubuntu a go? That seems to be the final suggestion in you original thread for a distro with the necessary module included
I have tried Ubuntu 7.1 earlier today and it crashed big time during installation. The screen became all corrupted with multicoloured streaks, so I couln't even see where exactly the problem arose. So here's the summary so far:
Ubuntu 7.1: crashed spectacularly during installation.
Slax live CD: runs fine - but doesn't recognise hard drive.
Fedora 8: self-aborts during installation (not sure why as message flashes too briefly to read)
OpenSuse 10.2: won't install because it tells me there's no hard drive.
Have you tried text based installations (usually an option at the start of the process)
Also check your BIOS settings on the hard drives. I haven't searched for your other thread to see if you've gone this route, but there once was a setting in the BIOS for "Legacy mode" when it came to mixed SATA & PATA mobo's. Once upon a time (maybe 4 years ago?) I *had* to use legacy mode to install Linux, now you can't use it. Maybe something along these lines is the problem?
Regardless... if you're getting corrupt display on text-only install, something else is the matter - something hardware related, and almost definitely not the processor architecture, but the processor itself is always a suspect (though not a very likely one)
Distribution: Fedora, Gentoo, Debian, Slackware, IRIX, OS X
Celeron is a broad term. I doubt that it's the processor, I've run Linux on the Celeron A (P2 based), Celeron M (Centrino, Pentium M), Celeron D (Pentium D based), and Celeron (P4 based) without issues. I would check to see if your IDE controller is supported.
Ok, thanks everyone for your suggestions. In answer to the various points, let me try to answer them all in this one post:
No, I have never tried text-based install and am totally unfamiliar with it.
The BIOS is very elementary and doesn't provide for a PATA option.
The laptop in question is brand new and a current model.
It uses the Celeron M series processor.
A CD came with this laptop that has various drivers on it, apparently. But how one could install them when the HDD isn't even recognised is beyond me.
Next thing I shall try is formatting the HDD (using Partition Magic) as FAT32 and see if that makes a difference. Someone suggested it as a response to a similar problem on someone else's threat so I'll try it. Let you know how I get on in due course....