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Old 09-11-2005, 12:48 AM   #1
Tadaen
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Cool New to linux and lookin for help on hardware


I have read everywhere that most any linux distro is the most stable os you can get for PC setup, what my problem is I dont want to get a linux and mess up my pc. My worry is about my hardware and its compatibility, im not sure i wanna spend 2 weeks sorting out incompatibilitys only to find that i cant make it all work, if someone knows where i can check my hardware and if its compatible or if someon can look at my list here and tell me where i may have a problem I would be looking forward to your response

chaintech ZNF3-250 mobo
Radeon 9600xt 256mb Video
Mushkin Green Line DDR400 1 gig
western digital 160 gig HDD SATA
D-Link Wireless Inernet adapter

i have found info regarding my dvd drive and burner... above is my only concerns

i already know it will be a bit of a test to learn linux but stability and optimum running is my goal and as above i would most appreciate any response or guidance on where to find what i am after
 
Old 09-11-2005, 02:04 AM   #2
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To tears and heartach, lets go throught them 1 by one....
This also assumes you will be using some certain software.

- Chaintech ZNF3-250 mobo

Looking at the specs of this motherboard, i am presuming that you are using a AMD64 cpu.., but the nforce3 chipset is well suported by linux. The onboard sound (if your using it) i dont know about the support for this it may be able to use another driver. The raid controller should be fine as it is SlI Chipset these are suppored. IEEE 1394 should also be fine.
good linux choice there.

- Radeon 9600xt 256mb Video

ok, there are pros and cons about this, simply put yes it does work. cause i have one and it works fine. BUT...., it depends on the system and weather the drivers are configured correctly, you will have to use the ati fglrx divers available from here

- Mushkin Green Line DDR400 1 gig

There is usually no problems with the ram in any machine, unless you are over clocking it....

- western digital 160 gig HDD SATA

Again, you should have no problems, but be warned abou t the configuration of your SATA, Linux may not pick it up at first. but if it is initially picked up in the kernel during setup, you should be ok.

- D-Link Wireless Inernet adapter

Without knowing the exact model number i cant confirm weather it would work or not..

if you have any more queries i can help you with choice of Linux OS if you would like..
 
Old 09-11-2005, 02:06 AM   #3
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Sorry here are the links for the ati drivers......

for 32bit = https://support.ati.com/ics/support/...uestionID=1176

for 64bit = https://support.ati.com/ics/support/...uestionID=1177
 
Old 09-11-2005, 08:32 AM   #4
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You could also burn one of the live distro's to test everything and get a look at linux. MEPIS, Knoppix, Suse Live, Klax, etc...., there are several others also.
Here is a list of live cd's http://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php
You can make anything work, it just takes a little more work on some stuff.

Last edited by RanDrake10; 09-11-2005 at 08:34 AM.
 
Old 09-11-2005, 09:31 AM   #5
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Originally posted by RanDrake10
You could also burn one of the live distro's to test everything and get a look at linux. MEPIS, Knoppix, Suse Live, Klax, etc...., there are several others also.
Here is a list of live cd's http://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php
You can make anything work, it just takes a little more work on some stuff.
Personally, in this suggestion, I'd also suggest that you try Kanotix as it's a "polished" (?) version of knoppix, but uses repositories etc that are closer to "proper" debian i.e. thoeretically, if it can "do" your system then debian _should_ work, though may require some "tweaking", but RanDrake10's suggestion is, IMO, a very good idea.

regards

John

p.s. Oh and Kanotix is designed to work as either live, or it's also suited to run from a hard drive AFAIK!
 
  


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