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Old 07-03-2008, 02:47 PM   #1
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Proposed Hardware Component Driver Checklist for Linux Newbie

Hi, all:

I would very much like to know whether these components will be compatible with Fedora 9:

Western Digital 750KS GB SATA300 7200RPM Hard Drive
Lite-On 20X Dual Layer DH-20A4H DVD Burner w/NERO & LightScribe
EVGA 512MB nVIDIA Geforce 8600GTS DDR3 PCIE w/TV Out Video Card
4 GIG’s PC4200 667 MHz DDR2 RAM
Intel Core 2 Quad 2.66 GHz CPU Q9450 LGA775 (PC-1333 FSB) 45nm
Intel DG33FBC LGA775 PCIE CPU DDR2 SATAII Mbrd w/Snd-GLan-Vid

I'm not entirely sure what the numbers mean when checking whether there are drivers available for these components. Also, though I read the stickies, I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this. If it's not, please let me know, and I'll repost properly (I've never posted here before...)

I'm building a new machine, and want to switch to Linux from Windows XP Pro, and though I've used Red Hat at school for years, I'm hesitant to go straight to Fedora 9 without knowing whether these components are compatible. This is going to be a great system, but before I check to see if Assassin's Creed will run, I'd like to know that Fedora will find/utilize my internal components ;-)

Old 07-03-2008, 03:00 PM   #2
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A few quick Google searches for the model numbers and the key work 'Linux' should clear this right up for you.

Hard Drive - Check - Any internal IDE or SATA Hard drive should work fine
DVD Burner - Check Per one of the reviews works fine in Linux
nVidia 8600GTS - Check
RAM - Check, Can't think of any reason RAM wouldn't work other than if it's defective
CPU / Motherboard - CHECK

Looks Good.. You will need to install the proprietary nVidia drivers to take advantage of that card. easy enough to do these days.
Old 07-03-2008, 03:09 PM   #3
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Thanks! Now that I know they're out there, I'll build the machine as a dual boot, then switch over entirely when I've got the driver sitch ironed out.

Now to get WINE running so I can play Assassin's Creed!!!


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