Re: Windows expatriate seeks shelter, will work for food (install issues)
On Sat, 2005-02-19 at 15:24 -0800, William Hoblitzell wrote:
> Hello everyone. As the subject suggests, I am ditching Windows for
> Linux. I am a first time Linux user and this is the first install I've
> tried alone. But before I get to my problem, I'd like to post my
> system specs, just in case they matter:
> Gateway 700GR
> Board: Intel Corporation D915GSE AAC77848-102
> Bus Clock: 800 megahertz
> Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600)***
> 3.40 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4 c: (on drive 0)
> 242.50 GB 90.55 GB free
> _NEC DVD_RW ND-2510A [CD-ROM drive]
> SAMSUNG CD-ROM SC-148A
> RADEON X300 Series [Display adapter] RADEON X300 Series
> Secondary [Display adapter] COMPAQ 7550 [Monitor] (17.7"vis, August
> 1022 Megabytes Installed Memory (RAM)
> Marvell Yukon 88E8050 PCI-E ASF Gigabit Ethernet Controller**
> I am only using El Diablo Winblows as a basis from which to install,
> so please don't judge me too harshly for that. I currently have a
> separate partition(s) setup for Linux in coordination with the red hat
> suggestion for a dual booting system (keeping Windows for awhile as a
> net to catch me after I blow up Linux somehow).
> I left 2,047MB for the swap drive, 150mb for the boot and around 5000
> mb for the root. I downloaded the file from here, the minimal boot CD
> for a Network install of debian, linked directly off the site:
That's Debian 3.0. *Really* old. Go find a Sarge installer!
> The problem comes when I use this CD and attempt to install. I press
> enter, then the system locks up shortly after. It always freezes at
> the same spot, with the final line before the big kaboosh being:
> "ide0 at 0x1F0-0x1F7, 0x3g6 on irq14"
Don't know. Maybe the newer kernel in Sarge won't have that
> Before this occurs, it detects my hard drive, both disk drives (CD and
> DVD, don't have floppy drive) and a few other interrupt quests like 10
> and 11. I'm unsure why it is freezing, but my initial guess is that
> it has something to do with the fact my computer is using PCI-E based
> hardware or perhaps the message at the top that says the installer is
> assuming a 33mHz bus speed (whereas my box has a bus speed of 800mHZ).
> So what went wrong and how does a poor uneducated Linux n00b such as
> myself fix this travesty?
> The partitions I created for Linux's later usage were all after the
> Windows partition, which might be a separate issue later on and is
> actually the basis for my second question: Can I put them after the
> Windows partition and still have it install(perhaps this has
> caused/linked to the problem of the freezing)? Can I even keep the
> Windows partition before I install Linux?
2 bits of free advice:
1. Make a separate partition for the /home directory tree. This
way, if you bugger things and have to start over, or want to
install a new distro then your data won't get lost. (Yes, it
may amaze you to realize that every other OS thinks that putting
user's home directories under the "\windows" directory is really
2. Sarge is the current "almost stable" version of Debian. You
really should use it, instead.
> Thanks all for your time and may god have mercy upon my soul for
> having used and purchased Windows 3.1,95,98,ME and XP in the first
We'll be gentle If And Only If you try and do some research on your
own, first. If research doesn't help, then when you ask the list,
tell us where you looked, or mention that you are too newbie to
know where to look. P.S. - n00b5 n0t a770w3d!
Studying this first will be a big help to all of us, and make you
sound smarter than you really are. ;)
Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson, LA USA
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