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Old 10-26-2009, 04:21 AM   #1
simer_anand88
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Lightbulb Is there any Hardware compatibility requirement for linux installation?


Hello Everyone,

I tried to install mandriva 08 in one of mine old pc and in its initial stage after loading kernel it shows some fatal error. Thinking that there might some problem with dvd i tried the mandriva 06 but still it showed some kind of Bug. Then i tried fedora but wasn' t able to install it on my pc.

Processor i' m using is AMD 1.2 giga hertz
RAM - 1 G.B.
Disk space - 40 GB


Thanks,
simer

Last edited by simer_anand88; 10-26-2009 at 04:24 AM.
 
Old 10-26-2009, 04:35 AM   #2
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Most hardware from around that era should be very well supported, except in some rare corner cases.

I suggest, however, using an up to date distribution. Old distros will always have issues, and some security problems since they are not longer updated, patched and supported. I suggest picking a newer release, or if you have performance issues, use a lighter distro but one that's actively developed and supported, like puppy, vector or mint.

If you have issues booting the cd or installing, describe them so we can actually find a solution. Simply stating that it gives some kind of error doesn't tell us much about the nature of the problem.
 
Old 10-26-2009, 04:40 AM   #3
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Smile not any special requirement

actully linux work on modules for access their hardwares..
if problem arising with dvd that mean ur initial module of dvd not match to ur dvd rom......
so use another dvd rom then try and then tell me
 
Old 10-26-2009, 05:55 AM   #4
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Most hardware from around that era should be very well supported, except in some rare corner cases.

I suggest, however, using an up to date distribution. Old distros will always have issues, and some security problems since they are not longer updated, patched and supported. I suggest picking a newer release, or if you have performance issues, use a lighter distro but one that's actively developed and supported, like puppy, vector or mint.

If you have issues booting the cd or installing, describe them so we can actually find a solution. Simply stating that it gives some kind of error doesn't tell us much about the nature of the problem.


Hello Users,

Thanks for reply,
It just shows fatal error after kernel loading.

Thanks,
simer
 
Old 10-26-2009, 06:00 AM   #5
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You had actually installed the distribution? It seems from the post the you never installed Mandriva?
 
Old 10-26-2009, 11:23 PM   #6
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You had actually installed the distribution? It seems from the post the you never installed Mandriva?
LOLS that's why i h've posted this question in Linux Newbie Forum.

Well i have installed mandriva twice before this and currently i' m working (writing this post) on mandriva itself and used same dvd to install in my laptop.

But Being new to Linux i thought there must be some kind of hardware compatibility issue due to which i' m not able to install it into my Desktop.

Thanks,
simer

Last edited by simer_anand88; 10-26-2009 at 11:26 PM.
 
Old 10-27-2009, 12:12 AM   #7
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naturally i would say its the ram but since you got a GB then you are fine.
i know grub is fairly temperamental -- does mandriva or whatever its called have an option to use lilo?
 
Old 10-27-2009, 12:20 AM   #8
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naturally i would say its the ram but since you got a GB then you are fine.
i know grub is fairly temperamental -- does mandriva or whatever its called have an option to use lilo?
No, even i don't think that it could be due to RAM as i installed mandriva previously with GB ram on my laptop.

I seriously have no idea what grub & lilo is ?


anyways thanks for support
simer
 
Old 10-27-2009, 12:45 AM   #9
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What version of Mandriva are you using? The logo on your post does not explicitly show it to be Mandriva. Are you using a very old unsupported version?
The specs that you gave do not mention your graphics card. Wireless cards and graphics cards are most commonly guilty.
 
Old 10-27-2009, 12:55 AM   #10
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What version of Mandriva are you using? The logo on your post does not explicitly show it to be Mandriva. Are you using a very old unsupported version?
The specs that you gave do not mention your graphics card. Wireless cards and graphics cards are most commonly guilty.
I' m using mandriva 06 at workplace(currently) and mandriva 08 at home.

Thanks,
simer
 
Old 10-27-2009, 12:58 AM   #11
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Both are older ones. So there are bound to be issues with newer hardware. Generally, graphics card can cause the issues. What graphic chip have you got? And if it is possible, upgrade to the current.
 
Old 10-27-2009, 01:01 AM   #12
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The hardware requirements are usually given in the release notes on the install disc and the distro's web site.
 
Old 10-27-2009, 01:02 AM   #13
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Both are older ones. So there are bound to be issues with newer hardware. Generally, graphics card can cause the issues. What graphic chip have you got? And if it is possible, upgrade to the current.
Thanks for your support
it uses gma945 just graphic media accelerator 940 or 945

Thanks,
simer
 
Old 10-27-2009, 01:06 AM   #14
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I really do not know how old or how new this chipset is. But I would say, you get some newer Live distribution like Ubuntu and try if it is ok. I think its definitely the graphics that is creating issues with the installation.
 
  


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