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February 10, 2006 7:45:49 PM

Hi, this is my first attempt at installing Linux, and at first, it appeared to go well. It didn't like my DVD drive, but I swapped it for an older one during install. I installed Linux on an old 40 gig IDE hard drive I had, and all appeared to be well.

However, then I attempted to boot. Grub showed Linux and Windows, and I chose the Linux default. All appeared fine, it loaded up, and then it was time to log in. I type my password in and log in. However, isntead of showing the box with Ubuntu and loading (as I've seen from running the Live disk on another computer), it shows some wierd corrupted box that is the wrong size and is really small. So I reboot after waiting a while. Now, I choose Ubuntu again. Same thing as before.

Thinking the third time is the charm, I load it once again. Oh, the third time is a charm alright! Linux says "Loading modules" for a few seconds and then stops. The loading screen goes away and it says something to the effect of "/dev/hda does not exist" and something about jobs. I'm then able to type in commands (which doesn't help me as I don't know the commands). The BIOS shows the hard drive. Windows doesn't.

My computer:

Athlon 64 3700+
DFI Lanparty nf4 SLI-DR (or something like that)
1 gb of Corsair value RAM
Sony DVD drive
300 gb Maxtor SATA drive
40 gb Maxtor IDE drive

Other things of note: IDE hard drive and DVD drive are not on the same cable, as the cable does not reach that far in my case. They are on two different IDE controllers. HDD is set to slave (however it was able to boot to the messed up screen in slave before it magically disappeared), DVD is a master. Ubuntu Linux is the latest version, compiled for AMD64.

Please help!

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February 10, 2006 8:30:00 PM

I don't see how I forgot this, but I also have a GeForce 7800 GT.

Since this posting, I've tried installing Linux again. Now it just gets the messed up image after logging in, but fails to do anything.
a b 5 Linux
February 12, 2006 8:30:23 AM

It sounds like the driver for your graphics card may not be working quite correctly.

You might want to try the nVidia driver or maybe Fedora Core 4 x86_64

http://mirrors.kernel.org/fedora/core/4/x86_64/iso/FC4-...

or

grab the CD ISOs from here:

http://mirrors.kernel.org/fedora/core/4/x86_64/iso/


You can get the nVidia driver here: http://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/1.0-817...

To install the driver you have to do the following:

0. ALT + CTRL + F1 to get to a login prompt

1. login as root

2. tar czvpf /root/etc.02122006.tar.gz /etc

3. cp -i /etc/X11/xorg.conf /root/

4. wget http://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/1.0-817... # assuming you are connected to the internet and your networking is setup correctly

5. chmod a+rx NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-8178-pkg2.run

6. ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-8178-pkg2.run

7. follow the onscreen instructions to install the nVidia kernel module

8. init 3

9. init 5


Message me if you have any questions, etc

Good Luck! :D 
February 12, 2006 6:28:33 PM

Hmmm....let's see now....

Fedora Core 4 it is :p 

In fact, I've installed it right now, and am posting from it. 32 bit version, asI've heard that Flash player doesn't work on 64 bit amongst other things. FC4 appeared to be far superior to Ubuntu as I didn't have to change my CD drive for another one just to install. And it logs in, which can't hurt. Interesting, as I've gotten the live CD to work on my school's computers.....

Okay, now that I'm on Linux, let's see if I can get Wine to work with one of my favorite games of all time: Morrowind. Then, after that, it's time to learn the commands so that I can understand what step #3 does. And what the a+rx in step #5.
a b 5 Linux
February 12, 2006 9:23:01 PM

Good to hear :D 

Check out http://winehq.com/ and http://transgaming.org/forum/

Fedora 64 is 20-30% faster and in some cases even better unfortunately some stuff doesn't work all that great.

Morrowind does run under WINE and Cedega (formerly WINEX) but you may have to tweak a few things.

cp -i /etc/X11/xorg.conf /root/ # copies the xorg GUI config file from /etc/X11 to /root it's a backup in case it breaks

chmod a+rx filename # makes filename readable and executable by everyone


Let me know if there is anything I can do to help, I've been using Linux for 12 years :-D
February 13, 2006 12:36:55 AM

12 years you say? I'm putting you on retainer.
a b 5 Linux
February 13, 2006 12:43:13 AM

Quote:
12 years you say? I'm putting you on retainer.



I still have 2 Slackware CDs from 1992 ;-)

I am running Linux full time on all my machines :D 

I have one machine which dual boots for some stubborn games that won't run on Linux yet.


Please let me what you are planning to use FC4 for and I'll make some suggestions :D 

PS For a better morrowind experience I would strongly suggest searching for morrowind @ http://transgaming.org/forum/ :-D
February 13, 2006 9:58:01 PM

My purposes for Linux are to see if the OS is good, and if so, learn how to use it. I've decided that Linux is pretty stable (aside from my issues with Ubuntu) and has a powerful command line. Not that I know the commands, but I'm working on it. It also appears to be faster. For surfing the web, writing reports, etc. Linux is perfectly capable of doing what I want. And it's free.

Gaming is an afterthought that is somewhat pointless as I have a dual-boot system. Then again, if all my games worked in Linux, I would only have Linux installed.
a b 5 Linux
February 14, 2006 3:39:22 AM

Quote:
My purposes for Linux are to see if the OS is good, and if so, learn how to use it. I've decided that Linux is pretty stable (aside from my issues with Ubuntu) and has a powerful command line. Not that I know the commands, but I'm working on it. It also appears to be faster. For surfing the web, writing reports, etc. Linux is perfectly capable of doing what I want. And it's free.

Gaming is an afterthought that is somewhat pointless as I have a dual-boot system. Then again, if all my games worked in Linux, I would only have Linux installed.



Check out http://tldp.org/

On your system you can run:

[code:1:95baa3c573]

[user@your_machine ~]$ man command # for the manual page on that command

[user@your_machine ~]$ info command # for more info on that command

# for example

[user@your_machine ~]$ man ls # list directory contents

[user@your_machine ~]$ man cp # copy files and directories

[user@your_machine ~]$ man mv # move (rename) files

[/code:1:95baa3c573]

You can also start the firefox web browser and browse to:

file:///usr/share/doc/

# you much have the documentation installed of course


Good Luck! :D 
February 15, 2006 2:24:43 PM

How is FC4? I used FC3 for a while on a old hard drive I had kicking around... and it wasn't too bad... but I don't have much basis for comparison as it was the only distro I tried. Now that I've upgraded and have a permanent second hard drive... I'm tempted to try FC4.
a b 5 Linux
February 15, 2006 2:33:58 PM

Quote:
How is FC4? I used FC3 for a while on a old hard drive I had kicking around... and it wasn't too bad... but I don't have much basis for comparison as it was the only distro I tried. Now that I've upgraded and have a permanent second hard drive... I'm tempted to try FC4.



FC4 works fine. If you have an AMD64 system and a DVD drive I would suggest:

http://mirrors.kernel.org/fedora/core/4/x86_64/iso/FC4-...

Otherwise you will need the 5 install CDs + the rescue CD from here:

http://mirrors.kernel.org/fedora/core/4/x86_64/iso/

The Knoppix Live Linux CD and DVD is great too but not for installing.

http://www.kernel.org/pub/dist/knoppix/
February 15, 2006 9:52:04 PM

Quote:
How is FC4? I used FC3 for a while on a old hard drive I had kicking around... and it wasn't too bad... but I don't have much basis for comparison as it was the only distro I tried. Now that I've upgraded and have a permanent second hard drive... I'm tempted to try FC4.


I've never tried FC3, Ubuntu and FC4 were my first attempts, but FC4 appears to me to be good. No crashes so far, nor anything of that sort. I've pretty much switched to Linux except for gaming.
a b 5 Linux
February 16, 2006 2:06:43 AM

I use FC4, FC3 and Knoppix all the time :D 

They are all great! This being Linux if you don't like something you can always change it!!!

That's the beauty of Linux and Open Source :D 
February 16, 2006 9:04:57 PM

Speaking of the beauty of open source.....

How do you kill the X-server? Why do I ask? Because I want to install the Nvidia drivers, and logging out with ctrl-alt-backspace and opening a console with ctrl-alt-f1 does not appear to be doing this.

At first, ctrl-alt-F1-F6 was evil and displayed some "cannot find VPD keys" error (or something like that), but I've figured out that it is my onboard ethernet making it angry. I must disable this in the BIOS to use this, so there can be no unusual 'wget http://xserverwebsite.com/killx.run' command :p . Before you say 'killall gdm' or 'killall kdm', I've tried this, it does nothing. I've also seen 'killall gdm gdm' or 'killall kdm kdm' and seen that it is equally disfunctional.
a b 5 Linux
February 16, 2006 9:27:12 PM

# become root

[user@host ~] $ su -

[root@host ~] # init 3
April 4, 2006 3:49:26 PM

"Gaming is an afterthought that is somewhat pointless as I have a dual-boot system. Then again, if all my games worked in Linux, I would only have Linux installed."

Indeed!

The only problem with Linux is (based on my 3 days of experience with Suse 10.0, anyway), the general mainstream public will never opt for Linux, which appears to routinely require command line manipulation (with typical 10-15 step procedures of command/options they cannot / will not ever remember), just to update a driver or add a piece of hardware or software that is not uniquely designed for that particular flavor of Linux.......

I'm still waiting/researching / trying to fabricate a plain language detailed checklist of how to get UT2004 retail even installed on a Suse 10.0 (32bit) system, before I can begin to condemn the ATI linux drivers for a 9700Pro (said drivers which I will also unlikely be able to install without a detailed checklist) and the bad alleged gaming performance, *if* I were able to test it!
! :-)

Until someone makes 'WinXP-like' driver/software/hardware setup apps for Linux, Linux will remain a 'fringe' desktop OS.....

XP vs. Linux rant mode off/!
April 4, 2006 5:28:00 PM

Actually, ATi's newest Linux driver installs quite easily and nicely. I used it back when I still had FC3... and I plan on installing FC5 soon. I had no 3D acceleration at all until I installed ATi's driver.
a b 5 Linux
April 4, 2006 10:45:41 PM

Quote:
I've been using Linux for 12 years :-D


Holy cow! That was back in the 1.x kernel days! My two years is nothing compared to that...
a b 5 Linux
April 4, 2006 10:59:23 PM

Quote:
Actually, ATi's newest Linux driver installs quite easily and nicely. I used it back when I still had FC3... and I plan on installing FC5 soon. I had no 3D acceleration at all until I installed ATi's driver.



For many years the nVidia drivers were a LOT better.

Recently ATI put some effort into their drivers and they have gotten MUCH better.

ATI drivers also had issues under windoze as well. They have improved significantly under both windoze and Linux and MacOS ( BSD based ).



Quote:
I've been using Linux for 12 years :-D


Holy cow! That was back in the 1.x kernel days! My two years is nothing compared to that...



I've been using Linux, *BSD and Unix for 12 years... I only wish I had started sooner!

Unix has been around since the 1970's
a b 5 Linux
April 4, 2006 11:05:32 PM

sorry about the double post
April 6, 2006 4:42:39 AM

anyone have any idea why i cant find my ide hard drive when installing linux? it finds my sata drive just fine. when i unplug my sata drive and try it, it says there is no disk present. i've never heard of something detecting sata and not ide. please help.

i have windows xp on sata 120 gb drive and (as of now) xp on the ide 40 gb drive. if that matters. im not sure if this matters, but unless i disable autodetect in bios, my computer boots from the ide drive.
April 6, 2006 3:25:43 PM

Greetings again my fellow UNIX geeks. I started with UNISYS before it was UNIX. My first system was a Speary Burrows system with platters and tapes. Then the old 3B2 AT&T systems with 4*4 mhz processors. God I feel old now...LOL 8O

For a brief history of UNIX (UNICS) look here.

http://www.faqs.org/docs/artu/ch02s01.html
a b 5 Linux
April 6, 2006 3:28:05 PM

What is the output of /sbin/lspci? Perhaps your IDE controller is not supported/configured correctly under Linux.
a b 5 Linux
April 6, 2006 5:46:31 PM

Quote:
anyone have any idea why i cant find my ide hard drive when installing linux? it finds my sata drive just fine. when i unplug my sata drive and try it, it says there is no disk present. i've never heard of something detecting sata and not ide. please help.

i have windows xp on sata 120 gb drive and (as of now) xp on the ide 40 gb drive. if that matters. im not sure if this matters, but unless i disable autodetect in bios, my computer boots from the ide drive.


As I mentioned in the PM please run the following commands:

[code:1:ff45d21ebb]
uname -a
cat /etc/redhat-release
cat /proc/cpuinfo
lspci -vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv
dmesg
[/code:1:ff45d21ebb]

And PM me the info there will be a lot of it.

You can hit ALT+CTRL+F2 during the install process to get to a shell where you can run these commands. Normally you have to go past the screen where it asks what kind of keyboard you have before you can get to the shell.

It will be a lot easier if you boot from a Knoppix Live CD since you will be able to get online and PM it from a web browser.

You can download the 700MB CD from kernel.org:

http://www.kernel.org/pub/dist/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V4.0.2CD...

Like MU_Engineer said your PATA IDE controller may not be recognized by the kernel.

Knoppix "might" be able to see your drive.

What version of redhat did you try?

If you already know your full hardware specs please post them so we can help you further.

Thanks!
April 7, 2006 12:42:24 AM

ok, im downloading knoppix through bittorrent because my isp sucks and cuts out and i want it to continue where it left off (if anyone knows a way to do that with firefox, let me know). while i'm waiting, here are the specs i know, let me know what others you'd like, and possibly how to find them (i'm more of a software guy).

AMD Athlon XP 2800+ 2.08 GHz
1.00 GB RAM (2x512 MB, crucial and kingston?)
Samsung SV4002H 40 GB Hard drive
(from here on, im just reading device manager)
WDC WD12 00JD-00GBB0 SCSI Disk Device (sata 120 GB)
NVIDIA nForce2 IDE Controller
Silicon Image SiI 3112 SATARaid Controller
VAXSCSI Controller (listed under 'SCSI and RAID controllers')
ASUS a7n8x-E Deluxe motherboard

i dont think you need my cd or dvd drives, my wireless network card or anything like that, but let me know.
a b 5 Linux
April 7, 2006 1:24:20 AM

Quote:
ok, im downloading knoppix through bittorrent because my isp sucks and cuts out and i want it to continue where it left off (if anyone knows a way to do that with firefox, let me know). while i'm waiting, here are the specs i know, let me know what others you'd like, and possibly how to find them (i'm more of a software guy).

AMD Athlon XP 2800+ 2.08 GHz
1.00 GB RAM (2x512 MB, crucial and kingston?)
Samsung SV4002H 40 GB Hard drive
(from here on, im just reading device manager)
WDC WD12 00JD-00GBB0 SCSI Disk Device (sata 120 GB)
NVIDIA nForce2 IDE Controller
Silicon Image SiI 3112 SATARaid Controller
VAXSCSI Controller (listed under 'SCSI and RAID controllers')
ASUS a7n8x-E Deluxe motherboard

i dont think you need my cd or dvd drives, my wireless network card or anything like that, but let me know.



Ok, ALL that hardware is Linux compatible ( except maybe the SCSI controller ) I know because I too have an old PC with an ASUS a7n8x-E Deluxe and everything worked on it just fine.

Virtually any modern distro should be able to see your nForce2 and all the onboard devices.

Which version of Linux did you try that didn't work????

You could use wget which can resume aborted downloads.

Make sure you check the md5, sha1 sums before you burn the Knoppix disk and check the gpg signatures on the md5 and sha1 files.

You can find them here:

http://www.kernel.org/pub/dist/knoppix/

For this ISO http://www.kernel.org/pub/dist/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V4.0.2CD... you would need:

http://www.kernel.org/pub/dist/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V4.0.2CD...
http://www.kernel.org/pub/dist/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V4.0.2CD...
http://www.kernel.org/pub/dist/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V4.0.2CD...
http://www.kernel.org/pub/dist/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V4.0.2CD...


You can follow these instructions to verify the md5 sums:

http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/using_md5sums.html

You can also install cygwin http://cygwin.com/setup.exe if you want to get md5sum, sha1sum, gpg, wget, etc
a b 5 Linux
April 7, 2006 2:27:24 AM

You can use an FTP client like wget (http://www.gnu.org/software/wget/index.html#downloading) to do this. In Windows, open a command line and type in wget file_address_on_server when you are in the folder where the wget executable is. To resume downloading, type in the same as before, but with a "-c" between wget and the file address.

The Linux version of wget is better, but there is nothing in my opinion better, even on Windows. It's dead simple and works. It's how I download about any file over 50MB that's not from BitTorrent.
a b 5 Linux
April 7, 2006 4:43:56 AM

Quote:
You can use an FTP client like wget (http://www.gnu.org/software/wget/index.html#downloading) to do this. In Windows, open a command line and type in wget file_address_on_server when you are in the folder where the wget executable is. To resume downloading, type in the same as before, but with a "-c" between wget and the file address.

The Linux version of wget is better, but there is nothing in my opinion better, even on Windows. It's dead simple and works. It's how I download about any file over 50MB that's not from BitTorrent.


Indeed :-D

wget is beautiful

and it does a lot more than just ftp :-D
April 7, 2006 5:42:47 AM

ok so i booted knoppix from a cd, but it would get to 'Network device eth0 detected, DHCP broadcasting for IP.' and it would just sit there forever. so i ran downstairs and got on another computer to look for help on that. i used the cheat code 'knoppix nodhcp' which disabled that test and actually let me use knoppix, but of course then i couldnt get online to post that log you wanted. when i tried running netcardconfig, it just froze on me too. is there something about wireless cards or is it just something i'm doing wrong? i'm a brand newb so that's very possible. i tried saving the log as a text file, but of course i couldnt write to the hard drive, then i was gonna print, but couldnt get access to that either. is there a way to load a driver? or is it possible to run the shell from xp to get all that info? by the way, if i got it correctly, the version of redhat was 'Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS' or something to that effect. i really appreciate everybody's help here. was i supposed to run /sbin/lspci in the shell too? thanks in advance.

on another note, now 'my computer' says i have a dvd drive that i dont really have and my ide drive no longer shows up. i hope i didnt screw anything up
a b 5 Linux
April 7, 2006 3:10:52 PM

Quote:
ok so i booted knoppix from a cd, but it would get to 'Network device eth0 detected, DHCP broadcasting for IP.' and it would just sit there forever. so i ran downstairs and got on another computer to look for help on that. i used the cheat code 'knoppix nodhcp' which disabled that test and actually let me use knoppix, but of course then i couldnt get online to post that log you wanted. when i tried running netcardconfig, it just froze on me too. is there something about wireless cards or is it just something i'm doing wrong? i'm a brand newb so that's very possible. i tried saving the log as a text file, but of course i couldnt write to the hard drive, then i was gonna print, but couldnt get access to that either. is there a way to load a driver? or is it possible to run the shell from xp to get all that info? by the way, if i got it correctly, the version of redhat was 'Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS' or something to that effect. i really appreciate everybody's help here. was i supposed to run /sbin/lspci in the shell too? thanks in advance.

on another note, now 'my computer' says i have a dvd drive that i dont really have and my ide drive no longer shows up. i hope i didnt screw anything up



A lot of wireless cards are either not Linux compatible, not Linux friendly or require a lot of work to make them work.

If you plug an ethernet cord into your machine it will DHCP just fine as long as you have a DHCP server on your network ( your router normally runs one ).

You can run these commands and PM the results from Knoppix ( MUCH easier ) ..... or you could do it from windows

uname -a >> system_info
cat /etc/redhat-release >> system_info
cat /proc/cpuinfo >> system_info
lspci -vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv >> system_info
dmesg >> system_info


Since windows doesn't have ssh / scp / sftp you either need to install cygwin:

http://cygwin.com/setup.exe

or download something like fillezilla:

http://filezilla.sf.net/

http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/filezilla/FileZilla_...

Or you could do it from windows

open a terminal on Knoppix, run the commands and copy the file to windows:


su -

ifconfig eth0 192.168.0.231 up
route add default gw 192.168.0.1

# assuming your router is 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.0.231 is an available ip on your network

# you can then

passwd knoppix # set a passwd

/sbin/sshd



# then go to your windows computer and use an ssh client to

ssh -l knoppix 192.168.0.231 # log in with the password you set above

su -

# run the commands and redirect to a file

uname -a >> system_info
cat /etc/redhat-release >> system_info
cat /proc/cpuinfo >> system_info
lspci -vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv >> system_info
dmesg >> system_info

# after than you can do this on the windows side:

scp knoppix@192.168.0.231:/root/system_info .

# which will copy the system_info file to your windows machine where you can post it
April 7, 2006 6:45:21 PM

You can also use winscp3 to do it. It will connect to the system and drag and drop the file back on your windoze system.

http://www.cs.csustan.edu/resources_files/WinSCPDownloa...

If you have a floppy insert the floppy and run

# mkfs.ext3 /dev/fd0

Then

#mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy

cd into the /mnt/floppy and do a cp /dir/filename .

If you can't get it on the network or you have no floppy dirve you will have to write it all down and put the information in a post here.
a b 5 Linux
April 7, 2006 6:48:33 PM

Quote:
You can also use winscp3 to do it. It will connect to the system and drag and drop the file back on your windoze system.

http://www.cs.csustan.edu/resources_files/WinSCPDownloa...

If you can't get it on the network you will have to write it all down and put the information in a post here.



:-D

Or filezilla or ssh from ssh.com or any client that supports scp or sftp.


EDIT:

http://filezilla.sf.net/
April 7, 2006 6:55:21 PM

linux_0 your fast on the post. i was editing mine to add a floppy alternative but you beat me to the post.
a b 5 Linux
April 7, 2006 7:06:20 PM

Quote:
linux_0 your fast on the post. i was editing mine to add a floppy alternative but you beat me to the post.



The floppy method would work for a USB flash drive too or any storage device.

mkdir /usb

mount /dev/sd?1 /usb

cp -i filename /usb/

sync

umount /usb

# remove USB flash drive

Under Linux usb flash drives are recognized as SCSI devices and get assigned /dev/sd?

/dev/sda
/dev/sdb
/dev/sdc
etc

If you have SATA or SCSI drives those get assigned /dev/sd? first

so if you have 4 SATA drives they will be

/dev/sda
/dev/sdb
/dev/sdc
/dev/sdd

and your USB flash drive will normally get assigned

/dev/sde

You can run dmesg to see what device the drive was assigned.
April 7, 2006 11:11:57 PM

ok, so i pm'd linux 0 the results of those tests. anyone else who'd like to help and wants them, or has any other commands they think would help, let me know. knoppix didnt see my ide drive either, like linux said it "might". oh well. was i supposed to somehow run the linux disk while running knoppix to get the 'cat /etc/redhat-release' command to actually come up with a response? cause i dont know how to do that. any and all help is appreciated.

by the way, did i understand correctly that i cant use wireless internet with linux? if i would have to buy another card, i'd probably just stick with windows until i get to the point where a cable is not an inconvenience.
a b 5 Linux
April 7, 2006 11:28:58 PM

Quote:
ok, so i pm'd linux 0 the results of those tests. anyone else who'd like to help and wants them, or has any other commands they think would help, let me know. knoppix didnt see my ide drive either, like linux said it "might". oh well. was i supposed to somehow run the linux disk while running knoppix to get the 'cat /etc/redhat-release' command to actually come up with a response? cause i dont know how to do that. any and all help is appreciated.

by the way, did i understand correctly that i cant use wireless internet with linux? if i would have to buy another card, i'd probably just stick with windows until i get to the point where a cable is not an inconvenience.



The kernel is detecting the PATA IDE controller however it seems to think it has detected 2 optical drives.....

hda: LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1633S, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
hdb: LITE-ON LTR-52327S, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
Probing IDE interface ide1...
Probing IDE interface ide1...
Probing IDE interface ide2...
Probing IDE interface ide3...
Probing IDE interface ide4...
Probing IDE interface ide5...
hda: ATAPI 48X DVD-ROM DVD-R CD-R/RW drive, 2048kB Cache
Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.20
hdb: ATAPI 52X CD-ROM CD-R/RW drive, 2048kB Cache



You CAN use wireless under Linux.

Unfortunately some wireless chipset manufacturers refuse to release information about their chipsets making it harder for Linux developers to write drivers.

So you can use it depending on the chipset.

This is a problem many manufacturers have created. Linux has nothing to do with it.
April 8, 2006 3:22:38 AM

i checked the properties on the mysterious 3rd cd drive.

KQ2212U PAF119Q SCSI CdRom Device
Manufacturer: (Standard CD-ROM drives)
Location: Bus Number 0, Target ID 0, LUN 0

what any of that means, i don't know.
i DO know that the LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1633S and the LITE-ON LTR-52327S are actually mine. and they are both on a ribbon (i think it's called ide too, but i suck)
a b 5 Linux
April 8, 2006 3:28:34 AM

Quote:
i checked the properties on the mysterious 3rd cd drive.

KQ2212U PAF119Q SCSI CdRom Device
Manufacturer: (Standard CD-ROM drives)
Location: Bus Number 0, Target ID 0, LUN 0

what any of that means, i don't know.
i DO know that the LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1633S and the LITE-ON LTR-52327S are actually mine. and they are both on a ribbon (i think it's called ide too, but i suck)



That is a virtual CD-ROM created by alcohol 120%, Virtual-CD, Virtual DVD, Nero, etc do the same thing.

Linux is never going to see that.

Linux is only going to see your actual hardware.



You can check here for wireless drivers:

http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Product_C1...
April 21, 2006 1:43:26 PM

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Hi, this is my first attempt at installing Linux, and at first, it appeared to go well. It didn't like my DVD drive, but I swapped it for an older one during install. I installed Linux on an old 40 gig IDE hard drive I had, and all appeared to be well.

However, then I attempted to boot. Grub showed Linux and Windows, and I chose the Linux default. All appeared fine, it loaded up, and then it was time to log in. I type my password in and log in. However, isntead of showing the box with Ubuntu and loading (as I've seen from running the Live disk on another computer), it shows some wierd corrupted box that is the wrong size and is really small. So I reboot after waiting a while. Now, I choose Ubuntu again. Same thing as before.

Thinking the third time is the charm, I load it once again. Oh, the third time is a charm alright! Linux says "Loading modules" for a few seconds and then stops. The loading screen goes away and it says something to the effect of "/dev/hda does not exist" and something about jobs. I'm then able to type in commands (which doesn't help me as I don't know the commands). The BIOS shows the hard drive. Windows doesn't.

My computer:

Athlon 64 3700+
DFI Lanparty nf4 SLI-DR (or something like that)
1 gb of Corsair value RAM
Sony DVD drive
300 gb Maxtor SATA drive
40 gb Maxtor IDE drive

Other things of note: IDE hard drive and DVD drive are not on the same cable, as the cable does not reach that far in my case. They are on two different IDE controllers. HDD is set to slave (however it was able to boot to the messed up screen in slave before it magically disappeared), DVD is a master. Ubuntu Linux is the latest version, compiled for AMD64.

Please help!


I just notice this post and I wanted to answer your original questions as why your video was messup when you booted into ubuntu.

The open source "nv" drivers don't work well on the newer nvidia cards, you will get the weird "patterns" when you first boot in. There is a very simple solution for that;

1) Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[F1] and login using the username and password you created when installing.

2) Type in this code: sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx nvidia-settings

3) Then type in this code: sudo nvidia-glx-config enable

4) Then type in this code: sudo reboot (then enter your password when prompt)

When it comes to ubuntu and running into problems this forum is definately not the place to go for help. You need to go to http://www.ubuntuforums.org and create an account. Then all you have to do it type in your issue/problem in the search function and I garrantee you that your answer will pop up 95% of the time, and if it doesn't, just post it. There are tons of knowledgable (nice) people that are more than willing to help the new comers that want to learn.

Just some food for thought for anyone else that sees this thread and needs help!

Happy computing!
a b 5 Linux
April 21, 2006 2:12:34 PM

Great advice, except you shouldn't have to reboot you can just modprobe the nVidia kernel module ( the system may do it for you ) and init 3 init 5
April 21, 2006 4:01:31 PM

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Great advice, except you shouldn't have to reboot you can just modprobe the nVidia kernel module ( the system may do it for you ) and init 3 init 5


Your right about not needing a reboot (it's just a good way of making sure everything works on your next reboot), but with ubuntu or any Debian based distro, there's no need to modeprobe the nVidia kernel module because the nvidia-glx deb does it all for you. That's the beauty of the Debian way of doing things, the apt-get package manager does all the dependancies and most of the configuration for you! So you don't run into dependancy hell for at least packages that are in the main repositories.
a b 5 Linux
April 21, 2006 4:54:44 PM

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Great advice, except you shouldn't have to reboot you can just modprobe the nVidia kernel module ( the system may do it for you ) and init 3 init 5


Your right about not needing a reboot (it's just a good way of making sure everything works on your next reboot), but with ubuntu or any Debian based distro, there's no need to modeprobe the nVidia kernel module because the nvidia-glx deb does it all for you. That's the beauty of the Debian way of doing things, the apt-get package manager does all the dependancies and most of the configuration for you! So you don't run into dependancy hell for at least packages that are in the main repositories.


Hehe :-D

yum does the same for ya under FC?, CentOS, etc :-D
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