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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 7
Analog Devices' AD1985 sound chip is supported
No nVidia FX5900 driver included
I have just downloaded the the live Suse 9.1. iso today, just to try to see if my sound card on ASUS P4C800-E board works properly. At my first try, it crashed after
the first splash screen. Then I tried by setting acpi=off,
where it boot properly. (I use to start my Suse 8.2 always with this option by default. Otherwise it 8.2 also
crashes) Then I tried to setup X with sax2. It stoped with an error indicating that nVidia FX5900 graphichs
adapter is not supported. Nevermind, you can install it
in someway. Finally I tried to setup the onboard Analog Devices' sound chip using yast2. Amasingly I heard the test sound coming from headphones :))) I then ran alsamixer to link the sound over onboard SPDIF coax interface to external Creative Inspire digital 5500 5.1 amplifier. It did not work. But at least
I heard the sound from the headphones. I also tried
to record & play voice using arecord & aplay command line tools. They seem to work properly. That's all I have tried so far. I hope it helps,
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 6
Doesn't work on laptops
First of all, SuSE 9.1 Live eval is excellent for introducing Linux for interested newbies, as it comes in a single CD, and HDD installation is not necessary.
Like other portable penguins, this can be used to recover files from a system that is bound to crash, perform checks, and fix important files that affects the integrity of the system.
On the other hand, this live distro had a bad taste on laptops. I tried this on an IBM Touchpad, and a Dell laptop, and it doesn't work. The bootlog returned a message, "Kernel Panic," and the system went into a stop. I can give an educational gues that this will only work on desktop PCs.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6
hey i had the same issue... did you try unpuging the keyboard... for the desktop... i have not tryed it on a laptop so i don't know.. but umm a freind told me that it is probing the ports and gets stuck on the keyboad... so yeah hope that helps
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 9
This is a great way to preview SuSE
Limited hardware support
I tried to boot it off an old IBM T20 laptop, with no luck, not enough memory.
Then I booted it off a new IBM T41 and it started perfectly. It found the network card ok, and I was surfing the web right away. Neat product, anyone hack's you, a power cycle, and all the bad goes away.
The only downside for me was the browser. It wasn't one compatible with the vpn my company has chosen. All in all, well worth the download.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 8
It runs fine on laptops with 256 MB of memory
Does not support SCSI devices from a laptop
The docs on this says that it will not run with a screen resolution of less then 1024x768, and it needs a minimum of 256 MB of memory. One out of these two requirements is correct. It needs 256 MB of memory. I ran it on a 2 year old Toshiba Satellite and a 6 year old Gateway Solo 2500 laptop. The Gateway only has an 800x600 screen. It worked on both laptops. But I had to add memory to the Gateway to make it work. (It only had 128 MB of memory before I brought it up to 256 MB.)
I have an external CD-writer/DVD ROM and 2 SCSI hard drives which all hook into the laptops by USB connections. I couldn't get the Live CD to recognize any of these. There does not appear to be any SCSI support in the supplied kernel.
On the other hand, I have an HP PSC-1210 All-in-one Printer/Scanner which many of the distributions need to be played with in order to get this to work. The SUSE 9.1 Live-CD ran this straight out of the box.
Except for the lack of SCSI support, I liked what I saw here.
Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 2
Nice list of software
Conintual problems NVidia GeForce 4 & my intel graphics chips
I have continual problems with my NVidia GeForce 4 card and the graphics chips (card) on the mother board. The NVidia is selected in the BIOS which Mandrake didn't have a problem, but SUSE is prefers the motherboard. I finally get the SUSE to load KDE, but on start up and shutdown the is a self diagnosis test message ont he screen. I think it is related to the motherboard chipset seemly being the one SUSE seems to prefer despite the BIOS settings. If I init into text mode, the SUSE switches to the mother board card and I have to manually switch the monitor to the plug for the mother board. This is VERY disappointing adn annoying. If these problems went away, I would like SUSE a lot better. I don't have access to the internet with this computer, so downloading the kernel source to install the prefered NVidia graphics. There is also another problem that occurs sometimes in which the language switches to a completely different language (last Asian).
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7
Nice looking, detected almost every hardware
I'm still playing with it
It found all the hardware except for my sound card (AC'97 onboard sound card) but this was not recognized by many other distros also!
Very nice the way it handled my NVidia geforce 440.
Many and very powerful software apps (Firefox, Open Office...)
Conclusion: I loved it... but I still consider STUX as the best live distro I tried (the only one that detected all, I mean, ALL my hardware)