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you may have a problem with one of your hardware that may be the cause of the crash. does the system lock up (Num lock, caps lock not working)? Exactly let us know what happens and i am sure some one will be able to help you.
I had recently had a problem with video card. the linux installed fine, it recognizes the video card but the system just locked up while booting with disorted screen. The problem was with dri module in /etc/X11/xorg.conf file and unloading that module solved the problem.
Distribution: Mandriva mostly, vector 5.1, tried many.Suse gone from HD because bad Novell/Zinblows agreement
NONE would install all the way through to the end without getting errors and eventually crashing.
Bad sectors on HD?
You need to be more specific about errors and exact details of PC
+1 disabling NIC card etc in bios
While I am it, try mandriva 2007 (or other), and during install press alt-ctrl-F2 or alt-ctrl-F3 and you will get very detailed information about what is going on and the exact point of crash (true of suse as well I think)
Asus M2N-E (nForce 570)
AMD Athlon 2800+ X2
2x1024 OCZ DDR2-667
2x100GB Maxtor SATA
The errors I am getting are basically, error install "X" file, please try again. But it never seems to be the same files twice, and it happens at various points in the install process too. Ubuntu is the only one that acutally tells me something is wrong, as in files are not being copied properly, Suse and Fedora just freeze up.
I will try disabling things like my NIC and sound in the bois and see what happens.
Ok, so I have the computer back up and running with the lastest BIOS I could find, but I am still not able to get any version of Linux installed, but as before, I can still install any version of Windows I want with no problems.
I don't want to give up on this, I really want to start using Linux again, but don't want to have to start replacing components in a working system. There must be something I am missing.
I've been reading about this mb, and most of the oc crowd seem to hate it. The ram is at an odd voltage, I guess, so make sure yours is okay. You aren't overclocking, right?
I don't think the hardware has been ruled out as the problem, here; all you can do is google around ... there's lots of info out there, and something might help. I know that some people are running linux with that mb, for whatever that's worth.
Ok, I am not ruleing out a hardware issue at all, but I have tested my RAM, it's fine. Tested the two 100gb drives, both fine. I am not overclocking, but I wondering if the defualt voltage is enough for the RAM. Should I change it from "auto" to something else? If so, what? It goes up to 1.95v. So maybe 1.85v or so?
I think the problem is with the motherboad, and/or the SATA drives. I am going to keep playing with it for now, and see what happens.
Keep posting any more ideas, they are all very helpful.