This is sort of a cry for help if anyone knows how to address this, but also a bit of a warning to anyone thinking of upgrading their system and want to use linux on it.
I have recently upgraded my system, main specs are:
- Gigabyte EP45-DS3P motherboard
- Intel Quad Core Processor
- Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
This is a little bit of a heads up to my current experiences with linux since the upgrade.
Ubuntu (Pre 8.04):
Nothing works... I have tried 5.10, 6.06, 7.04 and 7.10 (live cd's where possible) and NONE of them will run (liveCD) or install. There was a mention on one of my previous posts about this that it was possibly because the p45 chipset wasn't properly supported.
Ubuntu 8.04, 8.04.1, PCUser ExtremeOS:
Boots from CD and Installs ok, but it is necessary to have the sata mode in your bios sot to raid to get you anywhere (random thing that just has to be apparently).
I have had issues with all 3 versions with the on-board network card, the RealTek Semiconductor (yadda yadda) ethernet ports work sometimes, thes stop working. Upon inspection, all settings for the connection and port have been set to 0 (or 0's), and i have not been able to resolve this.
I have had issues with the on-board sound card also. Again, seems like a random thing, the liveCD detected the hardware sometimes and sot others... Not so bad, but somewhat annoying.
Lastly, i have had major issues with the system crashing. I believe this to have something to do with the nvidia driver, but noone seems to have been able to help on this subject.
Desktop effects, screensavers, power management (i.e. sleep mode) etc seem to be the main triggers of the crashes, as well as video players.
(I had some pretty funky error log messages about Xorg and other processes being 'Tainted' at the time of the crashes...)
Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha-5:
I just thought i'd try this alpha release to see how things were shaping up for next months release. Didn't boot...
Network worked fine, same sound problem.
Graphics card was listed when i ran lshal, but in the graphics and monitor configuration settings, it was listed as vesa, with a vesa monitor (not my dell one).
Detected everything fine, but took me too long to try to install the proper nvidia driver for the card (took forever to get all of the dependancies for the installer to build the kernel module, i eventually gave up).
Pretty much the same as openSuze, good detection, but installing the driver turned out to be too much of a pain for me.
Detected the network and the graphics card fine, but no network. Same deal with the nvidia driver, kinda hard to get the installer's dependancies without a network...
Linux Mint (Elyssa):
I am using Elyssa to write this now. Network and sound have been working fine. As usual, the nvidia driver is being a pain (mint apparently doesn't come with all the bits 8.04 has which the installer needs), so when (or if) i get that installed i'll post whether it crashes in mint or not.
So, I hope that gives you a good idea of some of the problems around, as you can see i have tried quite a few different flavours of linux and out of what i tried, i have to say Mint and openSuze were probably the nicest ones of the lot.
If anyone has any ideas for how to address any of the issues i came accross, please let me know, i am a big ubuntu fan and don't want to give it up, but at least until the 8.10 release i don't really have much choice, no'one so far has been able to identify the problem...
Otherwise, my advice to those with similar specs to me, back up whatever you hold dear, have a stab at it, and if it has issues, try mint or hold out for 8.10.