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Old 03-12-2005, 03:26 AM   #1
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What Distro is best for me?

Hello all!

I have a computer running windows XP at the moment.I am very interested in using linux.I have the following hardware specs

-Intel Pentium 4 -2.8Ghz/400mhz
-512mb 266MHz DDR SDRAM
-80GB 7200 rpm hard drive ultra DMA
-48x Max Cd-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive
-Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics
-Intergrated 5.1 Capable Sound w/ front audio ports

What distro would be able to support all my hardware? Ive tried knoppix , ubuntu and mepis but i am only able to access them through the failsafe boot option.

Thanks in adance!
Old 03-12-2005, 03:38 AM   #2
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Take a look at the LQ Hardware Compatibility List:
Old 03-12-2005, 04:08 AM   #3
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um... im not sure about how to work it out.... can neone tell me?
Old 03-12-2005, 06:18 AM   #4
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The CPU, RAM, Harddisk and CD should be no problem, but the integrated graphic and sound can be a bit tricky to get working. Try searching for the exact name of your mainboard and "linux" or look at the hcl for it, as harken suggested. It would be usefull to know which exact chipset graphics and sound use. If you have Knopping or some other LiveCD running try the command "lspci" as root and post the output.

You should get the hardware working with every newer distro eventually, for a beginner I would suggest SuSe, RedHat/Fedora, or Mandrake.
Old 03-12-2005, 07:37 AM   #5
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All your hardware is standard and completely covered by every linux distro I've ever heard of. By the way technichally the kernel covers your hardware not the distro. So the distro really shouldn't be an issue. The 2.4 or 2.6 kernel have 100% support for your hardware.

only able to access them through the failsafe boot option

failsafe boot option for linux, I have no idea what you are talking about?
Old 03-12-2005, 11:43 AM   #6
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when you boot the distro (whichever it be) boot it with the acpi=off command.. that might work

Some hardware has a lot of probs with acpi...
Old 03-12-2005, 09:12 PM   #7
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ok cool guys! thx!

BTW-What is ACPI?Ive seen it but never known what it is.
Old 03-12-2005, 10:48 PM   #8
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ACPI = Advance Configuration Power Interface
it basically allows your computer to control the power functions of the system (e.g. turning off the computer when you shut down, or turning off harddrives to conserve power on a laptop, etc)

some more advice, here (if you choose to go with Fedora Core 3 - which is what i'm running)

When you're installing, if you have problems loading the installer (it will ask to verify the install disks [media], and afterwards, it will kick you out of the setup, saying that the setup terminated unexpectedly)
if you're using a DVD drive to install the OS, then try @ the initial screen boot: linux ide=nodma acpi=off i8042.nomux

That's what got me through the FC3 installation on my machine (XP 2500+, R9600 pro, 512MB DDR, Lite-on CDRW, DVD-drive, USB mouse, USB keyboard)
another thing to note: FC3 MAY NOT RECOGNIZE a USB keyboard during install... you'll have to use yum to update your HAL and HOTPLUG rpms.

As far as distro's for a newbie (n00b to n00b) - I'd suggest either Mandrake 10, or Fedora 3... I've tried also Debian, but it's lengthy and a P.I.T.A. to setup, but it's supposedly easy - but I spent 6 hours going through package selection, installed it, to not have it work.

Mandrake worked well for me, but it didn't challenge me enough - it's great for Hardware compatability (almost similar to windows)... Fedora 3 is good if you like a little bit of a challenge, and a little bit of a pain in the butt... Once I got my USB keyboard working for it, I was flying :P

Anyways... good luck in making that decision - and as for you joining us linux-typez0rs.... ~kudos~ to you!

- I M A


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