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I want to install Linux onto my PC, but I'm finding it difficult to find out just what hardware is supported. I've tried out the Suse Eval CD and it runs OK, but can't find my scanner and doesn't give any 3d acceleration. It also lists a lot of "unknown" devices that still seem to work (my Intel Gigabit LAN for example). The MandrakeMove CD boots, but fails because it can't even find the video adapter. ....I don't know of any other evaluation CD's. My PC consists of... - P4 2.6 CPU - Asus P4C800E-Deluxe mainboard with - 875P chipset ...

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    Default Linux hardware support...

    I want to install Linux onto my PC, but I'm finding it difficult to find out
    just what hardware is supported.

    I've tried out the Suse Eval CD and it runs OK, but can't find my scanner
    and doesn't give any 3d acceleration. It also lists a lot of "unknown"
    devices that still seem to work (my Intel Gigabit LAN for example).

    The MandrakeMove CD boots, but fails because it can't even find the video
    adapter.

    ....I don't know of any other evaluation CD's.

    My PC consists of...
    - P4 2.6 CPU
    - Asus P4C800E-Deluxe mainboard with
    - 875P chipset
    - Promise onboard RAID through SATA and one PATA port (PDC20378)
    - Intel RAID through SATA ports
    - Intel gigabite LAN (82547EI)
    - VIA Firewire (VT6307)
    - AC'97 sound (AD1985)
    - USB 2
    - 512meg PC4200 memory
    - ATI 9600XT video card
    - MSI TV Anywhere Master TV tuner (8606, using MT2050 tuner chip and CX23883
    decoder)
    - Maxtor 80 gig, 2meg buffer PATA hard drive
    - LG 40x CDRW (GCE-8400B)
    - Pioneer DVD writer (DVR-105)
    - Logitech MX700 cordless mouse (8 button + wheel)
    - Mustek CU1200 bearpaw USB scanner
    - Kodak DX4530 camera
    - HP JetDirect ethernet print server with Epson photo700 connected.

    I'm finally tired of dealing with Microsofts crap and spyware and DotNet,
    etc. and want to take down my Windows server, start programming in something
    not dominated by Microsoft and get back to being productive.


    Usually, I'd only consider RedHat, Suse or Mandrake but I haven't been doing
    anything with Linux for a long while so I don't know what the decent distros
    are anymore.

    I'm posting here because I'm not having much luck with Google... Too much
    spam showing up there and while I get lots of hits, they are mostly not
    related to my search. I'm definately not new to computers but I am to Linux.

    - Will I have lots of issues with this hardware under Linux?
    - Can someone suggest a decent distro that is up to date, not too difficult
    to use (editing config files is fine, IF I can find them! - partitioning is
    a breeze - I just installed Quake... where did it go??? - this is about
    where I stand), and provides a decent desktop interface.

    Any info is appreciated!


    Noozer Guest

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    Default Re: Linux hardware support...

    In comp.os.linux.setup Noozer <0.0.1> wrote: 
    [..] 
    [..] 

    AFAIK among the best places to check for hardware support:

    http://hardwaredb.suse.de/?LANG=en_UK
     

    Install the slocate package, run 'updatedb' as root (should be
    setup while installing the package once a day from cron
    auto-magically). Now you can use 'locate' for a fast file search
    through all your filesystems.

    (From my box running RH)

    $ rpm -qf `which locate`
    slocate-2.6-1
     

    See above URL.

    Good luck

    --
    Michael Heiming

    Remove +SIGNS and www. if you expect an answer, sorry for
    inconvenience, but I get tons of SPAM
    Michael Guest

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    Default Re: Linux hardware support...

    Noozer wrote: 

    [snip]
     

    The *only* way to get 3D support from that card is to download and
    install ATI's own drivers. (http://www.atitech.ca/)
    John-Paul Guest

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    Default Re: Linux hardware support...

    Suggest you try knoppix. It is another live cd but can be copied to disk
    to give you a disk based distro - it is very good at detecting hardware.
    Only thing I saw on the list that might be a problem would be the scanner.
    Also visit www.distrowatch.com and www.yolinux.com.

    ray Guest

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    Default Re: Linux hardware support...


    "John-Paul Stewart" <ca> wrote in message
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    > [snip]

    >
    > The *only* way to get 3D support from that card is to download and
    > install ATI's own drivers. (http://www.atitech.ca/)[/ref]

    The instructions seem fairly straightforward... Just need to check which
    versions of which packages come with which distro.

    Thanks!


    Noozer Guest

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