LinuxQuestions.org
Did you know LQ has a Linux Hardware Compatibility List?
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Password
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 03-12-2013, 09:08 PM   #1
domoblur
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2013
Location: Indiana
Distribution: Newbie
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
How do I know if a kernel supports my hardware?


I have two Epia EN12000EG (See here & here) laying around that used to run WinXP.

I'd like to learn linux on them. I haven't decided on a distro yet. How do I know if the latest kernel supports this hardware?
VIA CN700 North Bridge
VIA VT8237R Plus South Bridge
VIA UniChrome™ Pro IGP graphics
VIA VT6122 Gigabit Ethernet controller
VIA VT1618 Muliti-channel AC’97 Codec

Thanks for your newbie help
 
Old 03-12-2013, 10:58 PM   #2
Ztcoracat
Senior Member
 
Registered: Dec 2011
Distribution: Slackware & CentOS
Posts: 3,672
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Hi:

Welcome to Linux Questions

Here's a list of supported architectures and a few other articles to look through:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._architectures
http://www.linuxtopia.org/online_boo...n/ch09s03.html
https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/install...supported.html

With this processor:
Quote:
1.2GHz VIA C7 nanoBGA2 Embedded Processor
Linux runs on almost every general-purpose computer made in the last 10 years.
http://www.tldp.org/FAQ/Linux-FAQ/kernel.html

I went and looked at those motherboards; nice! Don't see why you wouldn't be able to run a Linux OS along with the architectures mentioned. I think it also depends on the type of processor and what you want-

One of the MSI motherboard/chipset and AMD I have is about 4 years old and my distribution runs great on it!
BTW it had XP on it too-

Hope this helps
 
Old 03-13-2013, 12:32 AM   #3
gradinaruvasile
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2010
Location: Cluj, Romania
Distribution: Debian Testing
Posts: 523

Rep: Reputation: 103Reputation: 103
It really depends what do you want to do with them.
I tried VIA's Unichrome graphics on Linux and it aint great (to put it nicely). It has very poor driver support.
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 03-13-2013, 12:42 AM   #4
domoblur
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2013
Location: Indiana
Distribution: Newbie
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ztcoracat View Post
Hi:

Welcome to Linux Questions
Thanks for the quick reply. I'll get to the reading (which I know this project will require a lot of).

Could you suggest a newbie learning distro? I did once mess with debian about a decade ago. The first box would just need to be a headless file server (raid 1) running samba. Linux would be installed on a 8GB USB. I would want outside network access (probably more to do with router port forwarding). I guess this is a simple task any distro could provide.

Thanks
 
Old 03-13-2013, 12:45 AM   #5
domoblur
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2013
Location: Indiana
Distribution: Newbie
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by gradinaruvasile View Post
It really depends what do you want to do with them.
I tried VIA's Unichrome graphics on Linux and it aint great (to put it nicely). It has very poor driver support.
Thanks for the reply. Well luckily I would just need command line as I don't plan to use it for a desktop environment. Thanks for the info in case I try. Then I'll know to slap in a cheap well supported PCI video card.
 
Old 03-13-2013, 01:36 AM   #6
Ztcoracat
Senior Member
 
Registered: Dec 2011
Distribution: Slackware & CentOS
Posts: 3,672
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by domoblur View Post
Thanks for the quick reply. I'll get to the reading (which I know this project will require a lot of).

Could you suggest a newbie learning distro? I did once mess with debian about a decade ago. The first box would just need to be a headless file server (raid 1) running samba. Linux would be installed on a 8GB USB. I would want outside network access (probably more to do with router port forwarding). I guess this is a simple task any distro could provide.

Thanks
Your welcome!

I recommend Ubuntu 12.10 Precise Pangolin it has long term support.
My first distribution was Ubuntu when I was a n00b-

Ubuntu and Samba
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Samba

Configuring Samba and Ubuntu
https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/serverg...ing-samba.html

More Information about Ubuntu
http://releases.ubuntu.com/precise/
http://www.ubuntu.com/download/server

Download Ubuntu
http://www.ubuntu.com/download

How To Put Ubuntu on a USB memory stick
http://www.howtogeek.com/97177/how-t...hout-the-mess/
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/li...b-flash-drive/

The other thing that would help (as if you didn't already have reading to do) reading the Ubuntu documentation will help you too.

Good luck!
 
Old 03-13-2013, 01:38 AM   #7
Ztcoracat
Senior Member
 
Registered: Dec 2011
Distribution: Slackware & CentOS
Posts: 3,672
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
gradinaruvasile:

It's good to have folks chime in when they can.

As you already may be aware Mr. Torvalds isn't so fond of Nvidia:~$!#*

What graphics card would you recommend?

Last edited by Ztcoracat; 03-13-2013 at 01:44 AM.
 
Old 03-13-2013, 01:41 AM   #8
knudfl
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: Jan 2008
Location: Copenhagen, DK
Distribution: pclos2015, Slack14.1 DebWheezy, +50+ other Linux OS, for test only.
Posts: 14,854

Rep: Reputation: 2805Reputation: 2805Reputation: 2805Reputation: 2805Reputation: 2805Reputation: 2805Reputation: 2805Reputation: 2805Reputation: 2805Reputation: 2805Reputation: 2805
# 6
Quote:
I recommend Ubuntu 12.10 Precise Pangolin
The long term supported "Precise Pangolin" is version 12.04 .


( The 12.10 name is "Quantal Quetzal"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ubuntu_releases )

-
 
Old 03-13-2013, 01:51 AM   #9
Ztcoracat
Senior Member
 
Registered: Dec 2011
Distribution: Slackware & CentOS
Posts: 3,672
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Then I'll know to slap in a cheap well supported PCI video card.
LOL!...
I'm assuming for a Desktop?
 
Old 03-13-2013, 02:17 AM   #10
Ztcoracat
Senior Member
 
Registered: Dec 2011
Distribution: Slackware & CentOS
Posts: 3,672
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by knudfl View Post
# 6

The long term supported "Precise Pangolin" is version 12.04 .


( The 12.10 name is "Quantal Quetzal"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ubuntu_releases )

-
Got it; my bad. Thanks
 
Old 03-13-2013, 10:54 AM   #11
domoblur
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2013
Location: Indiana
Distribution: Newbie
Posts: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ztcoracat View Post
LOL!...
I'm assuming for a Desktop?
Ya I think I'll use the 2nd board to learn a desktop environment but a stable file server is the first priority.

Thanks for all the info. I'll get to reading and taking notes and will report back in a week. As a family guy that works too much, I don't get to my man cave as often as I'd like.

Thanks again.
 
Old 03-13-2013, 08:39 PM   #12
Ztcoracat
Senior Member
 
Registered: Dec 2011
Distribution: Slackware & CentOS
Posts: 3,672
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by domoblur View Post
Ya I think I'll use the 2nd board to learn a desktop environment but a stable file server is the first priority.

Thanks for all the info. I'll get to reading and taking notes and will report back in a week. As a family guy that works too much, I don't get to my man cave as often as I'd like.

Thanks again.
Your Welcome-

I get it; FT work throws a switch in things:-
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Please tell me about low cost hardware which supports Redhat 8.0 (Kernel 2..4.18) sushantarya Linux - Newbie 1 10-31-2008 06:05 AM
Distro that supports old hardware including serial mouse? silverbirch Linux - Hardware 8 04-11-2008 05:05 AM
Old kernel supports sound card - new kernel doesnt? jo.angel Linux - Newbie 4 11-01-2006 01:45 PM
have a query regarding linux hardware supports yiping Linux - Newbie 1 11-10-2005 09:56 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:09 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration