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Ten sticking points for new Ubuntu users

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.2.195.210] on June 28, 2008 08:13 PM
I ended up with Ubuntu 7.10 DVD because it was the first distribution, which would recognize my nVidia card, operate my motherboard sound, and allow me to connect with my motherboard ethernet port. I _still_ had problems getting my video to give me more than the VESA 800x600 on a 1280x1024 17" LCD display. I finally had to learn about editing the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to fix the problem. I also have not been able to use anything other than the ALSA sound; I've just been grateful this worked without a _lot_ of digging. I tried Knoppix, which would not work with sound prior to me installing a nVidia display card to replace the ATI motherboard video. WHY WOULD SOUND NOT WORK BECAUSE OF VIDEO???? Linspire/Freespire, Fedora 8, OpenSUSE 10.3, and other distributions simply freeze during installation with no error messages.

My hardware description is an e-Machines/Gateway T5212 (Intel Pentium D 805 2.66GHz dual processor, 2G RAM, 200G HDD, DVD+/-RW, multiple format memory card reader, ATI Radeon Express 200, RealTek RTL/8139/810X 10/100Mbps ethernet LAN, RealTek HD Audio) with nVidia GEForce 6200 TurboCache PCI-E 256M video card, connected to a D-Link EBR-2310 wired Ethernet Broadband Router, and Embarq 660 series DSL modem. This is a _refurbished_ unit, running a 32 bit processor, which can run unmodified with Windows XP Media Center Edition (installed) or Windows Vista, with everything detected, and no serious problems.

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