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red40y 08-22-2010 02:39 AM

AMD/ATI and Linux please help if you can
problem: the plan was to install a Linux program on a Toshiba satellite l505-d. after many failed attempts, and searching on the web, there are many issues with Linux, Toshiba/AMD-ATI chip sets.
question: is there a Linux program that is AMD-ATI/TOSHIBA friendly, or is there no hope.
im no programmer, so a moderately friendly fix would be ideal.

my hardware: i have the AMD Turion(tm) II Dual-Core Mobile M500 2.2GHz processor--- 4 gig ram--- AMD M880G with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200---
windows 7 =P 64bit.
i only rely tried Ubuntu Desktop Edition. it works with v-pc program but i wish to have a solo Linux os outside windows.

i love to tinker and catch on quickly.

MrCode 08-22-2010 02:42 AM

Well, it would certainly help if you could be more detailed with the exact kinds of problems you're having with Ubuntu on your laptop...maybe we can help you fix the issues you're having with Ubuntu, and you won't have to look at other distros (although Linux Mint may be more promising; it's Ubuntu and then some :)).

For example, what exactly is failing? Are there any error messages? Can you boot into a working LiveCD environment (boot from the Ubuntu CD)?

onebuck 08-22-2010 09:08 AM


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Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
The LiveCD List
Linux Command Guide
Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide
Getting Started with Linux
Bash Reference Manual
Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide
Linux Home Networking
Virtualiation- Top 10

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red40y 08-22-2010 07:11 PM

hay all!,
when i run Ubuntu live cd, i get a screen like it wants to boot, but after 5 seconds the screen goes black and i get a face full of codes i don't understand, "child_rip" and a bunch of others i don't recognize. and that's as far as it lets me go, i have to do a hard shutdown after that.
the only way i can get Ubuntu to run is using virtualbox.
i thought it might be the cd, so i tryed 4 different ones with the same result. i googled linux+AMD/ATI and just about everything i read said the same things, there weren't easily compatible.

adamk75 08-22-2010 07:22 PM

Try booting with the 'nomodeset' option to the kernel and see if that gets you any further.


red40y 08-22-2010 09:37 PM

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i tryed booting with the nomodeset option with no change. i attached a pic of my screen to show better whats going on. =)

adamk75 08-22-2010 09:48 PM

So your kernel is panicking, though you seem to have cut off a lot of the error message, so it's hard/impossible to tell if it's related to the graphics card or not, which was my initial thought.

Perhaps try booting with noapic and nolapic passed to the kernel. Or even 'acpi=off'


red40y 08-22-2010 10:58 PM

when i went to nomodeset, acpi was already off. if it would help, i can take another pic.

red40y 08-23-2010 12:38 AM

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ok...nomodeset and acpi off got me to install and reboot, but the same codes came up when i restarted.
also, it was supposed to install inside of windows (wubi) its all weird on start up (2 Ubuntu options memory test option and 2 windows 7 options and vista?.)"boot options"
i need to put back what i did, but cant find how to uninstall Ubuntu program. now im very lost.

i need to undo everything and start over but i dont know how, or fix whats happening.

red40y 08-23-2010 12:52 AM

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this whats going on during startup.

red40y 08-23-2010 02:59 PM

ok! i deleted the linux partition and rewrote the win mbr. unduntu is gone, but id like to resolve this, i like the idea of using wubi inside of windows and not creating a new partition. that was a headache to fix, lol. any one have any ideas. i can boot from cd using nomodeset and acpi=off but its damn slow to run. and you have to do it every time you want to use it.( hassle ) im up to any challenge after last night doing my mbr again.

is there a good virtual pc program (free) that will run in a close to normal screen?

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