[TriLUG] Linux Core 2 Duo problems
ron at tritechs.net
Fri Sep 29 23:51:26 EDT 2006
Here's a complete shot in the dark for more suggestions. I'd play with
the IDE BIOS settings. I think you have options like having the
IDE/SATA drives combined or having them separate. I don't have an Intel
mobo on hand to see exactly what the settings are called or possible
values, but somewhere under the IDE chipset settings, I think the
options are IDE, SATA, and IDE/SATA. Play with the different values and
see if you can make it work. As I understand the theory, SATA CDROM
drives aren't supported very well in Linux, and if the mobo chipset
reports to Linux that it's acting as a SATA CDROM drive, it won't work.
I came across a similar problem this spring building a D930 system on a
As for the video settings, I'd assume that if you can get the proper ATI
drivers (assuming there are linux drivers available for that model), you
should be able to get a decent resolution. The last time I tried
building a linux box with an ATI video card, it wasn't supported yet so
I turned around and bought an nVidia card.
Charles Fischer wrote:
> No questions here, just a warning or admitting I do not know what I am
> On Wednesday of this week I went to Intrex in Chapel Hill and bought
> all the parts I needed for a shinny new Intel Core 2 Duo box. The
> mother board is an Intel DG965wh, with a 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo (E6400),
> two GB no name DDR2 RAM, 320 GB Seagate SATAII hard drive, NEC DVD
> burner, case, keyboard and mouse. I have a Sharp LCD monitor and an
> old ATI Radon X800 based video card to use in the new machine. This
> is the first Intel Inside box I have built in a long time. I have
> been using AMD products from when Intel came out with the Pentium 4.
> I burned a copy of Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS (Dapper Drake) and started to do
> an install. The system would hang on uncompressing the Linux kernel.
> So I grabbed my Fedora Core 5 DVD and it hung as well. Now it is time
> for a sanity check. I loaded a copy of Windows XP Pro, without
> problems. I also loaded a copy of Windows Vista RC1. Vista also
> loaded (what a -- never mind).
> Now I know the computer works, but Linux is giving me problems. I
> downloaded and burned Fedora Core 6 test 3 (version 5.92) and tried an
> install. Same problem as Core 5 had. The next step was praying to
> Google. I loaded the newest mother board BIOS and tried Ubuntu and
> Fedora 5.92 again. There was no change in the Ubuntu install. I got
> past the hang using Fedore 5.92 (I have not tried 5 again), but the
> install could not find the DVD. I thought this was odd being it
> booted off of the DVD. After more Google praying, I bought a
> USB/Firewire external DVD drive. Booting from the USB DVD got me
> through the 5.92 install after a couple of tries (if I selected the
> options I wanted, the install would hang). I now have Linux up and
> running, but I cannot use the DVD that is connected to the mother
> board's IDE port, and X is only working in 640x480.
> If somebody has better luck please let me know. If somebody needs
> help to get this far, let me know.
> Charles Fischer
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