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i can use some help. i hate microsuck and it's time for a real o/s, but before i put it on my "real" machines. i want to learn it on a virtual pc. i can run live disks ok, but every time i install Linux on a VM, it installs fine but upon reboot, weird things happen that i can't correct. mostly video problems. and this happens with EVERY distro that i've tried.
and because of my custom network, there's a couple of particular things that i need but am unsure if i can accomplish them with Linux. so far i've played around with about a dozen different distros. i can provide as much info as needed. you can also check out my website for more info on my insane/cool setup.
if you're expecting help you actually need to provide some useful information about your problems. you've not even said what virtual machine program you're using... if it's vmware then vmware have their own graphics driver you'll need to select during a standard installation for best results, most distro's shpiu with this as standard, as it's in the Xorg-X11 server by default.
most of the problems seem to be video in nature, garbled graphics or strange resolutions with garbled graphics. and in at least 1 case disk problems. this is with ALL the distros i've tried. most live disks run. installations run but NEVER reboot and run
actually i downloaded a copy last night and forgot about it. thanks. what kinds of virtual software is available for linux? also KVM (i only need to switch keyboard & trackball) and multi monitor software? i've got 4 dual video systems networked in a unique way and as much as i hate microsuck, there's certain capabilities i have that i don't want to give up.if you want take a look at my site, alexcooper.org. and again thanks.
VMWare has a Linux version available (you don't need a 30 day trial, the server software is available free of charge now). I've used various KVM switches with Linux )mostly Belkin but some other brands) and they all seem to work tolerably well.
I actually downloaded Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 when I heard it became free and have since installed Slackware & Red Hat. They both run perfectly. I suspect that the install's have an 0issue identifying the video card,hence the garbled display.
i know most of the problem ARE video, but none of the installations will let me break in during the boot process to try to change anything.
i've just loaded VMware server to try it and all it does is crash.
I did exactly the same - I run linux on a virtual pc too. I found MS Virtual PC 2004 (pleeease don't try MS' 2005 it's rubbish) very difficult with the video & network card.
The problem seems to be linux detecting exactly which video card it is. I found simply let it detect and then change the colours to 16 bit (thousands) that seemed to work.
I had worse problems with the network card, so in the end I uninstalled Virtual PC and tried vmware.
I have never looked back. linux detected vmware's video and network cards perfectly.
I use VMware Workstation all the time. VMware has now two different free versions. One is the player and other is the server. I think their free versions needs an already built virtual machine from either VMware retail versions or Microsoft's Virtual PC.
Using Windows with virtual machines is horrible. Windows can not take the load or the user has restricted himself or herself that virtual machine software has problems. I recommend adding yourself to the poweruser group in Windows instead setting your account as an admin account which is very, very dangerous. You could get a second hard drive and install Linux on it. I suggest Gentoo. It is easy but tedious. Other distributions are a pain as time goes on.
I use a passive KVM 4-port switch from Iogear which uses power from the keyboard or mouse connections. I recommend a powered KVM switch if you can. A lot of people here have trouble with their mouse when using KVM switches, so you may have to buy a different mouse when the cursor jumps around or does not move.
I never had problems running a GUI installation of an Linux distribution because I usually run in window mode instead of fullscreen. I suggest running in window mode during the install.