I have processor intel core i3 which linux distro can i install

Hi, I have too many doubts about installing linux on my computer. I have a toshiba a505 4gb ram and a intel core i3 processor. I tried ubuntu without installing but it didnt work, also I have installed centos and when I turn on the computer the grub appears showing centos and windows7 but the only thing I get when I select the linux option is a black screen, I am really confused. I would appreciate if someone can give me a hint of what is wrong, or how can I do in order to work in linux in this computer.

PD: Sorry about my english there are several years I don't write a single sentence.
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  1. I had a look at the Toshiba site, I'm guessing you are on this one:


    I can't find the chipset but there is a PDF linked from the above page.

    Which version of Ubuntu did you try to run? 9.10 should work as a live CD.
  2. Yes, that's the one I have. I tried to run karmic koala ubuntu 9.10 and also hardy heron but neither of them worked.
  3. Have you tried fedora 12?


    Good luck :)
  4. i tried ubuntu 9.04 64-bit arfchitecture, it works for me. but less graphics
  5. Can you explain what you mean by 'less graphics'? The intel chipsets are well supported by Ubuntu.
  6. I downloaded fedora 12 the live cd... but after the blue screen that says fedora I got a black screen telling me about some errors. I will try ubuntu 9.04 let's see what happen ...Now I'm working in virtualbox I create a machine and I finally installed ubuntu , do you know if there are disadvantages working in that way?
  7. Just built a 530 machine with Ubuntu 9.10 using the on board graphics and h55 chipset. After having some lag and video freezes I found some posts (sorry don't have the links) that said manually upgrading to the latest kernel may help and there is also evidence that Gnome is the problem. I upgraded the kernel and that fixed the freezes. The applications lagged at times so I installed Kubuntu-desktop (Ubuntu's KDE) on top of it. KDE seems to have fixed the lagging issues.
  8. what version of ubuntu can i run on an intel i3 and which architecture (32bit or 64bit) should i go for and what are the limitations of them
  9. @macman101010

    "Intel's Core i3 530 is an interesting, low to mid-range processor. Intel's Clarkdale family was just introduced earlier this month, but it will work with recent Linux distributions and should work particularly well with the distributions coming around in H1'2010 that are using the Linux 2.6.32 kernel (or newer). Found in the newer kernel is support for the integrated graphics processor and other work."
    -- http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=intel_corei3_530&num=9

    Why not go with Linux Mint debian 32-bit (201101)? 64-bit ubuntu is not getting good reviews.

    Any Debian-based distro allows usage of the award-winnning smxi script, which simplifies things immensely (not available for 'buntu-based distros) http://smxi.org/site/install.htm
  10. Go for Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit works for me :)
  11. If 4GB RAM, go 64-bit, but why buggy ubuntu is a preference I cannot fathom. Try Zorin -- see at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jefw39urklw
  12. 4 GB of RAM works fine with a PAE kernel. The only disadvantages would be that it is still not 64-bit, and that each program will still be limited to 2 GB (I think) each.
  13. 32-bit turns out to be 3.25gb addressable.
  14. someone19 said:
    32-bit turns out to be 3.25gb addressable.

    Yes, but with a PAE kernel, it can address up to 64 GB.

    Without PAE it can theoretically address 4 GB, but it has to be able to address other things too, so it ends up less. The same will apply to with PAE, but as it is taking a similar amount of space off 64 GB, it doesn't matter.
  15. Yes, the kernel can address that much with PAE, but only 3.25 segments will be exposed per process.
  16. So what? What would you want to run that uses that much?
  17. Nothing that I can think of, I'm just pointing out the limitations of using a 32-bit linux OS on a system with more than 4gb of ram.

    I was having a problem with 64 bit on my laptop because of a buggy BIOS, switching to 32bit worked flawlessly until the kernel had a workaround for the BIOS bug. Worked like a charm, but I went back to 64 to be able to provide bug reports to my distro.
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