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Old 09-27-2007, 04:56 PM   #1
JKrisG
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Ubuntu on a Dell PowerEdge 4300 - Hints/Tips?


I am getting resady to try putting Ubuntu on a Dell Poweredge 4300 with Dual 500Mhz CPUs. Anyone tried this yet? Anyone have any war stories, hints or tips to share?

I will be back if things don't go well and seek more specific advice.

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Old 09-27-2007, 07:24 PM   #2
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I don't foresee any problems happening. You are using standard x86 processors, correct?
 
Old 12-23-2007, 11:36 PM   #3
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Dell Power Edge 4300

Greetings.
I too am new here and just picked up a used power edge 4300 and was thinking about installing Ubuntu on it.
I have not opened it up yet but I believe it is a dual X86 probably
P111 450's or 500's according to what I found on Google.
Will Ubuntu 7.10 work with the dual cpu's ? It appears to be all scsi
but like I mentioned I have not opened it up yet. Need to do that tomorrow.

I see that I am not alone with this old 4300.
Not real fast but might be fun to have around.


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Old 12-24-2007, 11:33 AM   #4
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You won't have problems with anything that old. If you do have a problem with something not being recognized by the installer, it is because it is too old. Try using any of the live CDs (Knoppix, live Ubuntu) where it doesn't install, but only runs off the CDrom. If it recognizes all your hardware, it safe to assume the installed version will as well.

Remember linux was a server OS long before it became used on desktops. You're basically asking it to do exactly what it was designed to do, only on old hardware. If it doesn't recognize something, you can build a module to support it. Probably anything that doesn't work was just removed when streamlining things for a modern computer. You can still find drivers/modules on the web, and build them in depending on your comfortability with the command line. And if you're going to run servers, get VERY comfortable with the command line!

Peace,
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Old 12-24-2007, 10:48 PM   #5
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Thanks Jim.

Should have thought of that, run off the disk and see if it likes it.

Happy Holidays. Good to have you around.


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Old 12-26-2007, 08:30 PM   #6
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No problem man, Happy Holidays to you as well, and if you have problems with the live disk, post and we'll be able to give you a hand.

Peace,
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