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Old 01-06-2003, 12:10 AM   #1
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Compatiable Hardware

Hy basically i the hardware i am about to list i want to know if this is all compatiable with Linux distro and that no problems will be had with this hardware and Linux:

-1.44 Floppy Disk Drive
-Pentium 4 2.8 processor (533 Mhz FSB)
Chipset Intel 845PE
478 pins
-60 gig Hard Drive 7200rpm Internal IDE
-2Gb of SDRAM memory
-16x10x40x CD-RW
-DVD player and Burner
-128mb Radeon 7900 4x 1.5v AGP card
-Intel D845PECE Motherboard
-An ATX12v or SFX12v Power Supply
-Network Card
-Hercules 5 speaker system bundled with Sound Muse 5.1 DVd

Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop for Bluetooth
LCD 17" Monitor with inbuilt stereo speakers and Tv Tuner
Colour Laser Printer
Old 01-06-2003, 12:39 AM   #2
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I'm sorry, but it is better for you to check if your computer system is compatible with the Linux distribution of your choice. Also you didn't note down the brand and model of your components in your list.
Old 01-08-2003, 04:06 PM   #3
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Good point Electro
Also the Bluetooth gear doesn't seem to work yet (at least for my MS bluetooth mouse) I and others are still researching the problem with it.
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Regardless of distro, everything runs on the same Linux kernel, which does all of the hardware interaction anyway, so the big deal is which distro has the newest kernel and which distros will be able to sniff out your hardware and load the right modules. Pretty much everyone is on 2.4.18 or 2.4.19 as long as you get a new release... I don't think anyone has released on 2.4.20 yet, except of course maybe gentoo. Rh, Mandy, Gentoo, Slackware, SuSe, you name it... they're all current, just some will take more fiddling than others, RH and Mandy are about the best for sorting it all out on their own, although some people really love Yast2, the utility for SuSe.

Here's what I know about 2.4.18 with regards to that box:

the 845PE, no issues, Intel's site will tell you about that and some other goofiness with their boards.

The Vid card is covered under vanilla XFree86, but ATI just released some binary drivers in order to compete with Nvidia, responses are mixed on getting them to work... its a new thing for ATI, the XFree may be more than adequate to get you by until ATI works out issues.

dvd burning software relies on a base known as dvdrecord, all the GUI apps are wrappers for it... and there have been a lot of newer devices released so if you have issues with it... its probably the version of dvdrecord onboard. The cdr is going to be emulated scsi, all devices since 1999 that are atapi work under 1 standard thank goodness.

I have no idea what chipset a SoundMuse is... sound card companies are well known for not advertising what their chipsets are on the box... same with the nics, nearly all of them are supported, damn few with dolby 5.1, but its getting there.

bluetooth, again, up in the air, I never use the stuff so I don't know.

If the scanner is USB, there should be no issues, same with the printer. If the printer is parrallel it shouldn't be too much of a headache either.

That's about all... if you have any more specifics you're curious about, post back.




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