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Old 10-06-2008, 10:46 PM   #1
audiovideo121
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Sony Vaio computer will not boot - is it time for Linux?


Hi. My Sony Vaio VGCRA820G will not recover at all, and does not recognize Windows operating system any longer. Can I make this a Linux machine? Since it was running Windows ME, will Linux recognize TV tuner cards, USB hubs, firewire, Soundblaster, etc.? I know next to nothing about Linux, but would like to have a PC that works.
 
Old 10-06-2008, 10:48 PM   #2
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What are the specs on that laptop?
What specific extra hardware are you using (TV tuner, etc.)?
 
Old 10-06-2008, 10:57 PM   #3
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Sony Vaio

It is a tower, and everything is from the factory:
Model
VGC-RA820G
HARDWARE
Processor
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 540 with
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
(3.20E GHz1, 1MB L2 Cache)
Front Side Bus Speed
800MHz
Chipset
Intel® 915P
Memory
1GB PC-3200 400MHz DDR
(512MB X 2/DDR)
(Expandable to 2.0GB)
Hard Drive
200GB2 7200rpm SATA
Graphics
ATI Radeon™ X300
128MB Video Memory
Graphics Interface
TV-Out / VGA-Out / DVI-Out (DVI
output: 1280x1024x60Hz max.)
16x PCI Express
Giga Pocket® MPEG2 Realtime
Encoder/Decoder board with TV
Tuner
DVD+R Double Layer / DVD±RW
Drive3
Double Layer
+R
DVD+R write (2.4x MAX)
DVD±RW3
-RW
DVD-R write (8x MAX),
DVD-RW write (4x MAX)
+RW
DVD+R write (16x MAX),
DVD+RW write (4x MAX)
CD-RW
-RW
CD-R write (32x MAX),
CD-RW write (24x MAX)
DVD-ROM Drive3
DVD-ROM Read (16x MAX)
CD-ROM Read (40x MAX)
Floppy Disk Drive
3.5” 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive
Audio
5.1 Channel - Intel® High Definition
Audio
Ethernet
10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T
Fast Ethernet (RJ-45)
Modem
V.90 compatible data/fax modem
(RJ-11)
Expansion Slots
Multi-Media Card Reader (Memory
Stick®, Compact Flash™ Type I and
Type II, XD Picture Card, SD/MMC,
IBM Micro Drive™)
One x16 PCI Express (occupied by
Graphics Card)
Two PCI (one available)
One PCI Express x1 (occupied)
Expansion Bays
Two 5.25” Half-Height (occupied)
One External 3.5” (occupied)
Three Internal 3.5” (one occupied)
(Four 3.5” SATA Hard Drives can be accomodated
if Floppy Drive is removed.)
Port Connections
Seven USB 2.0 (three front/four rear)
Two PS/2® (Mouse/Keyboard)
One VGA/DVI Monitor Out Port
One TV-In/Out Port
One S/PDIF Out / One Parallel Port
One 6pin i.LINK® Port (rear)/ One
4pin (front)4
One Headphone / One Microphone/
One Line In
S-Video: Two Inputs (front and rear)
Composite Video / Audio Inputs
(front and rear)
Coaxial Input (VHF/UHF)
Power Requirements
364.7 watts max. / 100-240V ~7A
 
Old 10-06-2008, 11:08 PM   #4
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You shouldn't have trouble with most of that hardware. I'm not sure how well the ATI card is supported at this point; those drivers have been improving since ATI made them open source, but I don't know how well they work at this point.

Also, the TV card may or may not work. Support there is not complete.
 
Old 10-06-2008, 11:12 PM   #5
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How do I go about installing Linux? Would a live Linux CD find all the hardware? Do I prep the HD somehow?
 
Old 10-07-2008, 06:28 AM   #6
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in Linux-Newbie and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
 
Old 10-07-2008, 09:14 AM   #7
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Quote:
How do I go about installing Linux? Would a live Linux CD find all the hardware? Do I prep the HD somehow?
Go here: http://distrowatch.com/
Scroll down, on the right there is "Page Hit Ranking"
The "top 100" distros are listed.
Choose one (I like kubuntu, but the choice is yours, and I'd recommend something nearer the top of the list as a starter. The 'buntus all run as a "live CD" until you click Install, then it'll help you partition your disk). Click on your choice.

Download the ISO for your Architecture (Intel686)

Burn it to a CD (Make sure you burn it as an ISO)

Set your BIOS to boot from CD

Insert your linux CD and boot your PC

Enjoy!
 
Old 10-07-2008, 09:27 AM   #8
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Is it time for Linux?
It's always time for Linux!
 
Old 10-07-2008, 09:52 AM   #9
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welcome to the Linux community!!! as Tredgar recommended go to www.distrowatch.com and choose the best distro for you. I recommend OpenSuSE but that's a personal choice. you could download the live CD here http://software.opensuse.org/ run it on your pc and see if it recognizes your hardware.

HAVE LOT OF FUN!!!
 
Old 10-07-2008, 10:18 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by audiovideo121 View Post
Hi. My Sony Vaio VGCRA820G will not recover at all, and does not recognize Windows operating system any longer. Can I make this a Linux machine? Since it was running Windows ME, will Linux recognize TV tuner cards, USB hubs, firewire, Soundblaster, etc.? I know next to nothing about Linux, but would like to have a PC that works.
He, I think your computer cann't Linux either

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