Noob's take on Linux so far

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  1. DarkFoss

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    Hello everyone,
    I haven't been around much lately ..I've been off exploring Linux been rather interesting so far. I haven't had too much luck finding distro's that install on my rig. Most give the dreaded kernel panic attack Gentoo, Knoppix(cd worked fine hd install was another matter) Suse Live eval cd. I'm too much of a noob to get past that one just yet. So far Fedora Core1, Core2 test 1 and Test 2 all install just fine.. However I find them to be more suitable for workstations or servers than an everydays beginner's desktop. Too many restrictions by default, and it ran sluggishly as well. I managed to snag a 30 evaluation of Xandros 2.0 Buisness Edition while it was available for download..Debian based tries very much to be like windows supported all my hardware out of the box but my scanner..but to be fair no Linux distro can until HP releases an open source code. It's probably a good one for starting out but I felt like everything is handed to you and I wouldn't actually be learning much. I do plan on using it to install some form of Debian on my system later much like others do with Knoppix ;) . Evenutally I settled on Mandrake 10, it seems like a great balance for a beginner like myself. I liked it so much I joined the club and got the Official version. It does seem to have installation issues on Nforce2 boards.. I'm not sure if it's the Nforce drivers packaged or the generic Siil 3112 sata driver... I'm betting on the latter. Even after installation I get one. I'd post it but I still haven't gotten the hang of giving myself the permission to open the /var/log/syslog file. I'm going to try making a driver module from the .tar file on Sil's website once I understand things better, it's not open lisence so no one can distribute it but it's available for download.
    Anyways the reason I posted this here instead of in Offtopic is I did manage to devise a workaround to getting 10 Official installed incase someone wants to try Mandrake 10 Officail, CE is a different beast and this workaround won't work although I can post that one if there's interest.
    1. Look at your bios settings for the following : under the advanced bios features look for Apic mode and disable, under the advanced chipset tab look for Enhance Pci Performance and disable also look for Cpu Disconect Function and disable, under the Integrated Peripherals tab look for Ext-P2P Discard time and change the default from 30us to 1ms, exit and save.

    2.Press f1 at the install screen and do the nolapic (noapic also if you don't have the ability to turn it off in your bios) and mem=xxxM(xxx being your amount of ram) if your memory's not being properly reported mine was only seeing 896 instead of 1024.

    3. You should now be able to get through the partitioning and choosing your packaging. If your experience is like mine you'll have to deal with a few more errors hopefully you won't.

    4. If you may get the following error during the post installation screen just before you get to install the bootloader; insmodd'ing module loop failed then the bootloader screen appears but the error will repeat if you try to go on so you'll have to manually specify a kernel using the advanced buttons.(I used Grub here) Select add, linux, hit the advanced tab again and select a kernel from the drop down button then in the last line retype what you've selected so you've got 2 entrys that looks like /boot/vmlinuz. Note not every one will take when you hit next you may get the insmod'ing error again, I repeated the process until I got 2 kernels acknowleged. After you get them showing up hit next and you'll probably get yet another error, something like mknode /dev/usb full cannot continue Sorry it may not be exact since I didn't write that one down.

    5. If you got that error hit the reset button and remove the install disk then choose one of the kernels you've made. It should complain about not being unmounted cleanly go through it's fsdisk check and reboot itself. When it does so select the same kernel again it will go through it's check up and find that there were no lost and found directory's created in your partitions and add them you'll then be taken to the single users prompt type in reboot and put in the first install disk. WHEW congrats your almost done.

    6. At the install screen hit f-1 and type in linux nolapic(noapic if you can't disable it in your bios) mem=xxxM for whatever your amount of ram and readonly=1 last one's very importent here.

    7. When asked to choose if it's an upgrade or an install choose install. Then choose use existing partitions it should show you all the one's you made as well as the mount points in if correct hit next. Here Uncheck formatting any partitions. The install will then check existing packages and ask you for various disks, number depends on what you've installed. You should then be taken to the post install screen. You should now be able to complete the post installation process and fully configure your machine. Note when it installs the bootloader it will install lilo but you'll be able to change that later during the summary as well as make your final adjustments. I also recommend not choosing to Upgrade at this time.

    I hope this helps others with an Nforce2 board. Also worth noting it properly set up my Nvidia agp and Ati radeon 9700 pro I'm getting over 7000 in glxgears.
    G'luck,
    DarkFoss
     

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