Hi all... I've recently decided to install Linux and I've run into some problems, being the newbie I am. I tried gentoo, as I heard it is the fastest and most flexible, though not newbie friendly. ( just thought I'd give it a shot to see what I can learn). Anyways, the whole thing was a disaster. =P Heres what I'm trying to do, or was trying to do:
Ram - 1gb
Radeon X800 XT
Onchip ICH5 Raid 0 Setup with WinXP install
Audigy Soundcard, and Pioneer DVD-+R
From my research, It seems that doing a dual boot with WinXP on my setup isn't possible with kernel 2.6.x(since 2.6.x uses different software raid and intel hasn't released many specs on the ICH5 software raid?).
If possible, I'd still like to be able to dual boot on my Raid configuration though, so if anyone knows how to do this, please help.
To try and get around this issue, I bought an external USB2.0 WD-160JB to install Gentoo on, But failed miserably probably due to my newbie-ness. I got to the point of mounting everything, compiling the kernel, setting up grub and choosing drivers. When I rebooted, the system locked... I'm assuming I compiled the kernel with incorrect options.
Perhaps I should use a different distro? Any advice would be appreciated. I don't know whats distro supports what, So I'm really confused. I program, browse, play games, and do word processing.... so please make a suggestion according to the specs and what I do. I would like to use my current raid setup but If thats not possible, I'm willing to resort to installing on my External USB HD.