Hello Ubuntu Community,
I'm quite new to Linux (some very limited experience with openSUSE several years ago) but since I'm really tired of Windows, I feel the time to switch over to Linux has come.
I have installed 12.10 yesterday, and have some issues for which I'd like to ask advice.
Okay, first of all a short description of my box, and of what I've done so far:
BIOS: Intel MQ96510J.86A.1754.2008.1117.0002
Mainboard: Intel DQ963FX with Graphics Chipset Q965/Q963
CPU: Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2180 @ 2.00GHz
PCI Graphics Card: ZOTAC GeForce GT430
Sound: onboard (Windows uses NVIDIA High Definition Audio from graphics card install)
Wired Networking Adapter: Intel 82566DC Gigabit Network Connection
Wireless Networking: none
Optical Drive: LG DVD burner, model GH24NS90 (ATA Device)
HDD1 (sda): Samsung HD502HJ
HDD2 (sdb): Samsung HD320KJ
Windows 7 is installed on sda1-3.
I have installed Ubuntu on sdb as follows (I used Unetbootin with mini.iso, since 12.10-desktop.iso doesn't permit use of the LVM):
sdb1: Bootable - ext4 - /boot
sdb5: Volume Group, consisting of / + /home + /tmp + /usr + /var (all ext4) + 2x swap.
Since Windows always acts up if it isn't installed on the first HDD in row, and since Windows updates tend to overwrite the MBR, I have placed GRUB on sdb1 but use the Windows boot manager (edited with EasyBCD).
When booting the system and choosing Ubuntu, I am greeted by the following:
Initialize variable space ...
Starting cmain() ...
Fatal! Inconsistent data read from (0x90)0+32
Fatal! Inconsistent data read from (0x90)16+1
This repeats 4 times, so that, all in all, I have 10 lines of the above.(hd1,0)
[Multiboot-kludge, loadaddr=0x100000, text-and-data=0x6739, bss=0x0, entry=0x100968]
Then GRUB starts, with several options.
If I choose 'Memory test (memtest86+)' or 'Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)' I get the following:
error: too small lower memory (0x99100 > 0x8f000).
Choosing 'Ubuntu' or 'Ubuntu with advanced Options' boots the system, i.e. I get to the log-on screen and can use Ubuntu.
I recall that, during partitioning, fourth console (L-Alt+F4) once or twice issued a warning, but said something along the lines of 'proceeding with formatting as requested'.
/etc/fstab looks like this:
/dev/mapper/PALA-root / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# /boot was on /dev/sdb1 during installation
UUID=34dd0e98-3248-429d-92db-2eecad9f6a4b /boot ext4 defaults $
/dev/mapper/PALA-home /home ext4 defaults 0 2
/dev/mapper/PALA-temp /tmp ext4 defaults 0 2
/dev/mapper/PALA-users /usr ext4 defaults 0 2
/dev/mapper/PALA-variable /var ext4 defaults 0 2
/dev/mapper/PALA-swap_1 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/mapper/PALA-swap_2 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
I suspect Ubuntu doesn't really appreciate use of the LVM on desktop systems.
In addition, I had some problems with my graphics card (GPU lock after a few seconds of desktop operation) which I could solve by setting GRUB to 'nomodeset' and apt-getting the proper NVIDIA drivers.
I have no sound on Skype, but 'Audacious' Music Player works (minor issue which I'll figure out); I just mentioned it to make a complete report..
I'd be most grateful for help regarding the 'fatal error' and 'memory error' issues, which must be eliminated.
Thanks for your time.