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Old 09-28-2007, 01:43 AM   #1
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video card unrecognised, x components failed during instal. thus instal failed

I am new to linux and have a P2 233MHz MMX desktop computer with 136 Mb RAM, 10GIG HD, S3 Trio 64V+ video graphics card with VGA monitor and SB16 Creative AWE 64 soundcard. All are from around the Win98 days but I ran Win2000 on it until I wiped it out by accident. Still have to recover it.

As I've said in my intro thread, I'm stumped:

I have tried to install or even run live CDs of several lite or smaller distros meant for older computers but many of them, save Kaella live Cd (french) and Dynebolic(have to try newest version) could not detect my video card and screen test failed and the screen would go all fuzzy and muddy before I reached any splash screen.

(Dynebolic did not recognise my soundcard)or dock properly. I want to find out how and where to get the lists for the drivers for the video card and when in the installation do I write the right commands in.

Other distros tried to install but had RDSP failure, acpi for fan/thermal failures and did not get to a splash screen again, just stalled. Even the SMbus controller failed for Simply Memphis.

Are all these terms listed in the manuals, 'cause when I checked on the lexicon for ubuntu, I believe, they were not. I swear that tomorrow or the next I will just pick up a linux for dummies book and get the basics hopefully in one spot- and while I checking websites on my P4 too! (I do not want to experiment linux on my P4 until I succeed at the less vital computer first!)
I have read that people are using linux with equally old computers, though portables mainly.

I wanted to start with a neat distro that didn't require too much of a set up exept for the grub/dual boot for which the term grub is still not clear to me yet. I wanted a distro with nice graphics and good sound capability, speed and efficiency combined as is earthly possible with my limited system.

Any definitions, advice and specific links on my screen/video card and other specs. that failed would be helpful!

I still have yet to try the revamped version of Ubuntu lite(although it is not for beginners), DSL, Feather Linux, Dynebolic's latest and Puppy Linux.

Note: I turned on my even "older" Panasonic CF 25 Toughbook for fun now with just a bios on it(Win95-also wiped out) with 48MB Ram, 150MHz, 2GiG HD, the bios won't allow a CD ROM boot, only diskette!) I figure we'll see which computer will install linux first-although I don't remember how many distros can run from diskette!
Sorry for the looong thread but I'm hoping that the details yield better help.
Old 09-28-2007, 02:34 AM   #2
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Lightbulb knoppix

well just read the sticky and downloaded knoppix to see if that will help with my problems...
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