What kind of graphics card?

Mark Huguet markhuguet at gmail.com
Wed Jun 4 18:46:38 BST 2008

What release of Ubuntu are you running?
Some computers (my laptop included) have a problem with the hard disk
being detected at IDE33 instead of IDE133 speed and makes them run
impossibly slow on 8.04.
I was able to overcome it by reinstalling 7.10 and upgrading rather
than a fresh install of 8.04, but I have been told that others had to
take more complex action to solve the same problem.


On Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 11:43 AM, Brian Pitts <brian at polibyte.com> wrote:
> Eric Weir wrote:
>> It's beginning to appear that my hardware is all screwed up. I am at a
>> turning point. My intention was to see if I could get a decent
>> installation of Linux running on this ancient system. If I could. If I
>> could demonstrate to myself that I can get a system set up, that I don't
>> continually have to be tinkering with, I'd go out and by a new machine
>> and put Linux on it. Otherwise, I'd go out and get me an iMac.
>> I am torn. The open-source idea and community are extremely appealing.
>> I've convinced myself, through my own experience and what I've seen of
>> others' systems, that the Linux route is definitely appealing.But I'm
>> tired of fiddling. I don't want to have to be continually doing this.I
>> want to use the system, not continually be working on it, especially
>> since my experience and understanding are limited.
>> If I thought I'd have more success with a new machine -- even really
>> good ones are not that expensive anymore -- I'd go out and buy one
>> today. Given the problems I've had with Linux on this machine, I'm not
>> confident that that would be the case.
> My advice is to buy a computer with linux already installed. The seller
> has chosen hardware that required as little tinkering as possible, and
> then went ahead and did any tinkering needed for you! Here are a few
> established vendors:
> http://www.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/linux_3x
> http://system76.com/
> http://www.emperorlinux.com/
> I have the Dell 1420N myself.
> -Brian
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