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Old 11-25-2014, 08:19 PM   #1
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Linux hates my computer. No distro wants to work


Hello all,

Now, I am sort of new to the linux scene. I started out using Ubuntu on my laptop a couple years back, and it was great. But, then I built myself a computer and thought i wanted to get more in depth with how linux worked. So, I installed Ubuntu on my new computer. But, Ubuntu didn't like my wifi card; so that was out the window.

A while after that, I still wanted linux, so I started using VirtualBox to mess around with Debian, which I really like. Then, a couple weeks a ago, I got a new wifi adapter. So, I thought hey, maybe I can get this one to work with linux. But Now I have new problems.

I've only tried 3 distros, but none of them work. At all. Here's what's happened;

Attempt #1: I take a freshly downloaded Debian file and burn it on to a jump drive. No biggy, no problems. I start it up, boot into the jump drive, and the installation crashes. Weird. I try again, maybe 5 times, still no luck. Can't make it work with a new jump drive or file.

Attempt #2: openSuse. I download the file, format the USB probably like 10 times and burn it using a different burning software. Boot the USB, works fine until I get to the installation; the first error I get is "No installation medium found. Retry?" I hit retry, keeps coming up with that error. Finally I hit no and continue, but I hit a dead end when it asks me to choose a hardware medium; it gives me the option for DVD/CD, Network and Hard Drive. The first and third give me the error that nothing is found. The network setup doesn't even see my wifi adapter. I've tried with 3 different USBs, 3 different burning programs and 3 different openSuse files. No luck.

Attempt #3: Puppy. Awesome, a linux that runs off a jump drive! This one won't have anything to do with my hard drive, so it'll work no matter what! Yeah. So, I boot it up, everything goes fine, I get the desktop and everything. So, it tells me to run this video config wizard after reboot if the resolution isn't correct. So I do, and it brings me to this screen that asks me to hit the continue button to test the hardware. It says "if the test fails and you get a black screen, press enter to terminate the test. If this fails, press Ctrl-Alt-Backspace. If THIS fails, reboot the computer and try again. Obviously, it never worked. Rebooted at least 20 times. It also gave me the option to try other config files (didn't work) or continue without checking the config (which just gave me another f***ing blackscreen). No luck here either.


What the heck is wrong? I realize I've been pretty general here, but I would just like ideas on what to do. I just want to install linux! No distro wants to install, or work, or do anything that complies with me.

Thank you all for your help,

-Nick
 
Old 11-25-2014, 08:23 PM   #2
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What are the details of the computer?
 
Old 11-25-2014, 08:26 PM   #3
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Ah, sorry. Meant to post that.

CPU: AMD FX=8320
Motherboard: GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3
RAM: 8GB GSKILL RIPJAW
Hard Drive: 1TB WD10EZEX Western Digital Blue
Graphics: GTX660 GIGABYTE

And I'm using Windows 7.
 
Old 11-25-2014, 08:33 PM   #4
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Looks like Ubuntu got the furthest maybe you should retry it and dive deeper into the Wifi issue. What brand and chipset is the wireless card? Most of the time its just a matter of loading the correct driver module.
 
Old 11-25-2014, 08:36 PM   #5
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I thought about that, I just really like the way Debian works, the way openSuse's concepts are and how Puppy can be a home away from home.

I used a netis wifi card that had the Realtek RTL8192CE chipset.
 
Old 11-25-2014, 08:37 PM   #6
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Use one of the Linux distro's that you have and run this command in the terminal and post the output here.
Code:
lspci
Since Puppy is working on your jump drive I'd try that distro to run the cmd.

-:-Another option would be to try a Live DVD/CD-:-

Run this to find out what wifi card you have:
lspci | grep -i network

When I ran Debian my wifi card didn't work either.
A member here said that you have to install the driver for your mobo and possible wireless-tools as well.
https://wiki.debian.org/WiFi

You might need the firmware too but I'm not sure.

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Old 11-25-2014, 08:43 PM   #7
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That's the problem; I can't get any of them to work (install). I got Puppy to work on first boot, but after that nothing. I could reinstall that on my USB, and then run it. Give me a couple minutes.
 
Old 11-25-2014, 08:56 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Lacr1m0sa View Post
I thought about that, I just really like the way Debian works, the way openSuse's concepts are and how Puppy can be a home away from home.

I used a netis wifi card that had the Realtek RTL8192CE chipset.
Try here:
https://wiki.debian.org/rtl819x
 
Old 11-25-2014, 08:59 PM   #9
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Attempt #2: openSuse. I download the file, format the USB probably like 10 times and burn it using a different burning software. Boot the USB, works fine until I get to the installation; the first error I get is "No installation medium found. Retry?" I hit retry, keeps coming up with that error. Finally I hit no and continue, but I hit a dead end when it asks me to choose a hardware medium; it gives me the option for DVD/CD, Network and Hard Drive. The first and third give me the error that nothing is found. The network setup doesn't even see my wifi adapter. I've tried with 3 different USBs, 3 different burning programs and 3 different openSuse files. No luck.
I had this problem once before, I think it was on debian but I don't remember, It was a text based installation.
Anyway, I actually fixed the problem pretty easily. It wasn't auto mounting. I fixed it by pressing ctrl+alt+F2 and manually mounting the usb/cd drive. Then just press ctrl+alt+F7, go back and try it again. FYI, distro's generally automount into /media.

It sounds like there may be a video issue as well.
 
Old 11-25-2014, 09:00 PM   #10
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

I would try a base Gnu/Linux. You never know what could be the issue with a LiveCD/USB install without in depth checking.

Maybe try Slackware or a derivative like Salix. That way you could try a install from a basic perspective. I am not a hold your hand distribution supporter. Once you Slack then you will not go back!

Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
 
Old 11-25-2014, 09:09 PM   #11
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What are the details of the computer?
Here's the specification on that mobo-
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pro...px?pid=4672#sp
 
Old 11-25-2014, 09:33 PM   #12
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Wow, thanks for all the suggestions!

I tried to get Puppy to work, but the universe is not on my side today; even after reformatting and reburning puppy to the USB multiple times, it just black screens on first boot.

@Onebuck, I'll try out Slackware and come back to you guys to say how it worked.

@Ztcoracat, I'll check out that link for the Debian chipset explanation.

Thanks again!
 
Old 11-25-2014, 09:38 PM   #13
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Wow, thanks for all the suggestions!

I tried to get Puppy to work, but the universe is not on my side today; even after reformatting and reburning puppy to the USB multiple times, it just black screens on first boot.

@Onebuck, I'll try out Slackware and come back to you guys to say how it worked.

@Ztcoracat, I'll check out that link for the Debian chipset explanation.

Thanks again!
Your Welcome:-
 
Old 11-25-2014, 09:56 PM   #14
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Hi,

the Debian installer crashing to me sounds like a bad installation media. Did you check the md5sum after downloading it? What method did you use to copy the image to the "jump drive" (had to look up what that meant)?

Evo2.
 
Old 11-25-2014, 10:00 PM   #15
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If you have a save file for puppy either run pfix=ram at the boot screen or rename/delete the save file so puppy doesn't load it during boot should allow you to boot back into puppy.
 
  


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