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Old 10-20-2005, 06:57 AM   #1
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Install problems for HP desktop with 845GV chipset

Greetings all,
I would like to say first that I am noob to the big wide world of Linux, and although it can be difficult, I am having a great time, figuring out the "puzzles"
involved in Linux installs/configurations/etc.
I first started with a Live DVD of SUSE 9.3 pro, but I could not get it to install - it just kept rebooting.

One of my friends suggested Slackware, and after a
little research and a free download, I finally installed Slackware 10.2 with the Linux 2.4.31 kernel. The only way I can get it to load at boot: after install
is to use the nohotplug option at boot.
I have yet to get my USB to work, along with my speedtouch DSL modem (USB connected), and
I have tried rebuilding the kernel at this page, but Slackware doesn’t not see my USB (maybe because my hotplug hangs)
there is nothing in my /proc/bus/usb/devices.... so this seems pointless.

I thought that installing another distro may help alleviate the problem, but I can get nothing else to install. I tried SUSE, Mandrake 9.1, Mandriva 2006, and it seems Knoppix
won't even load. It keeps rebooting after loading the install kernel (or just hanging), even if I use noauto, nohotplug options (depending on the flavor of distro).
I also noticed that if I tried to build and compile a new kernel of 2.6 in Slackware as I have tried several times referencing
,as soon as the new kernel loads, I get the same reboot or hang.

My computer is a HP Pavillion a712n with:
845GV mobo w/ onboard NIC, Sound, video
1GB or ram
PCI NVIDIA card (although Slackware works with both PCI and onboard card)
Pentium 4 proc
LCD screen
I have been googling all over the internet and looking in forums for about 2 weeks now, found many possible solutions, but none that worked.
I think its time for me to break down and ask for help.
I understand that this is not the ideal computer for Linux, but I would like to figure this out if possible (with some of your help of course.) plus I am pretty sure it is possible, because
a similar HP model with similar specs is offered with Mandrake 9.1. (The HP d220 Micotower.)
Any Ideas that any of you have would be more than appreciated?

I just realized that this is kind of a long posting so, I apologize, but I wanted to relay the problem correctly.
Old 11-19-2005, 12:21 AM   #2
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Try installing Fedora Core 4, It has good support for the hardware you listed and (from personal experience) works great for hotplugging USB devices, I swap external drives, game controllers etc on an ABIT SG72 which is very similar to your setup without a problem.
The install is as easy as mandriva and the distro is pretty solid with good support
Old 12-17-2005, 03:11 PM   #3
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I have a Compaq Presario with an 845GV chipset and so far the only Linux that works is SUSE 9.1 under safe options install. Is there another Linux Distro that I can use? I have tried Fedora 4, Mandriva 2006, Knoppix, and Red Hat 7.3. The computer just goes to initializing, then reboots.
Old 12-18-2005, 08:06 AM   #4
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Try changing you BIOS settings (F10 ??). Set the CD/HDDs to a lower PIO mode, and DMA. Set plug n play to NON PnP OS (usually found in the PCI settings. Sometimes, linux will have problems with these being set to default (which is PnP OS & highest setting for PIO/DMA) also, (with FC4) run the memory checker which you can find by selecting F2, (I believe, might be F3). tet your memory/and the CDs/DVD and make sure that they are up to par.


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