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Old 12-24-2004, 10:30 AM   #1
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First time installing Debian

Hello all,
Going to be doing my first install of debian after the holidays, and was wondering if anyone could give me a heads up about any probs I might have. It is gonna go on an AMD AthlonXP 2600+, MSI K7N2-deltaL, 512mb RAM, SB Audigy2 ZS, ATI Radeon 9700pro (this is gonna be fun again), And a hitachi 160gb HDD Dual-booted with w2k.

Thanx in advance
Old 12-24-2004, 10:49 AM   #2
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You may want to take a look at the Debian Reference at first.

Old 12-24-2004, 11:39 AM   #3
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I would suggest a net-install of Sarge or SID using the new Debian installer rc2:
Type linux26 at the first prompt, for kernel 2.6, and you'll want to choose the 2.6.8-1-k7 kernel for Athlon XP optimization.

I have near the same set-up, XP 2800+, MSI K7N2GM2-LSR, Corsair 512MB, SBlive value ... with the exception of onboard Geforce 4 MX video, running on Sarge. I am pleased with the package and the performance. The only issue to date is with the onboard LAN (Realtek 8201CL), which Discover refuses to detect. Rather than fussing with IRQs and such, I jammed in a Linksys NIC instead and it worked fine. Perhaps rc2 has corrected this issue. I am not using the onboard audio, which was detected, or the SATA controller, which is currently turned off in the BIOS. According to what I've read, it should work as well, though, time will tell.

For you, there are Radeon drivers available:
Good luck, though. I hate to suggest sell the Radeon and go Nvidia but that seems to be the state of things these days -- the Nvidia Linux driver does work very well.
Kano's Scriptpage for KANOTIX has some handy install scripts that may help you out:

The Audigy2 ZS is listed as supported by snd-emu10k2 ALSA module, but this seems to be a work-in-progress so YMMV -- my old SB Live Value works better on the OSS module.

Can't think of anything else. The new installer makes it a walk in the park, snowy as it is this time of year.

Have fun.


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