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Old 06-07-2008, 12:13 AM   #1
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Angry Chipset Compatibility issue?

I have tried about 4 different Linux distros and none seem to work. Some install but will kernel panic and others just wont work. The computer works fine in windows but I cannot get any Linux distro installed on it.

AMD 4000+
74GB Raptor + 300GB
GIGABYTE GA-K8N Ultra-9 939
NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra chipset.

When I try and load ubuntu the disc boots up fine but then I see a big blinking icon in the top left corner, anyway to fix this? The disk is fine and passes the disk check.
Old 06-07-2008, 12:57 AM   #2
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Compatibility ?

Hi, Apart from the Raptor I had almost exactly the same kit and I ran Fedora 7 successfully until the motherboard died, there seems to be some sort of problem with the Bios on this board. Also check your RAM; Socket 939 CPU's can't address double sided DIMMS properly; (something I never new until I got an Asus board). You mention that Windows is OK, are you just running the Ubuntu flash version from the CD/DVD ? If so try making some real space on your disk and install properly Fedora will Dual Boot beautifully with XP.
Old 06-08-2008, 11:20 PM   #3
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Hi jus1haz2

Have you tried to run a CD Live distribution to see if the machine will boot and execute a recent kernel ok ? If it boots ok - does it recognise and allow access to the HDDs ?

Also try executing a live CD without the HDDs connected to see if it's a controller related issue.

You can also try executing MemTest86 (get a copy off the www) to check the that RAM is OK.

Hope that helps





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