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> Can not install ANY distribution???
post Aug 30 2011, 05:20 PM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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I've been trying to install linux on a system that i put together out of some old pcs that have been laying around. I've tried to install fedora,ubuntu,vectorLinux,and backtrack. None of which will install or even run on the system. Fedora and vecotorLinux will run through a certain portion of the install then either lock up the machine or force a reboot. Ubuntu just throws out a fatal I/O error then says something about the squashfs and never goes farther then that. The farthest I've gotten is with a live distro of backtrack 4 r2. It will load all the way and i can get to the desktop environment but then after 30sec - 1min it will exit from the desktop to a command prompt and throw out an error that says fatal I/0. Windows works flawlessly (which is pretty frustrating). If i throw in a hdd that has windows loaded, it runs no problem. That made me think that maybe the dvd/cd-rom drive was i swapped that out with a known good one....problem persists....I've tried unplugging the hdd and booting from a live cd...same issue. I checked the ram and it came back fine...checked media...fine....Using deductive thought that only leaves the motherboard/processor and I don't know what could be wrong with those if windows boots and runs fine?????? Very frustrating...Any suggestions?
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post Aug 31 2011, 04:50 PM
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Its GNU/

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Part of the problem might be caused by the graphics card. It appears this model is no longer supported in the main stream driver. You might need to install using text mode and then setup x afterwords with the legacy driver.

In most cases there is no incentive for hardware manufactures to create drivers for free. Many linux drivers are actually reversed engineered so not all hardware works as well as it does with Windows. Hardware support is getting better. It just takes time
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