amoht at westnet.com.au
Tue Apr 27 08:30:43 UTC 2010
> I had a ASUS M3A MB and AMD 64 Athlon X2 CPU which I hadn't used and
> decided to make a PC using it. It will install WIN XP but Ubuntu 8.04,
> 9.04, Linux Mint 7, 32 bits, Linux Mint 8 KDE 64 X86, Fedora 10 Live,
> and Knoppix 6.21 all have problems namely when I open Open Office or
> Firefox the screen freezes. GOS is the only OS that works without
> freezing and that was originally installed on a removable HD on another
> computer with a different MB. This is all strange as GOS is based on
> Ubuntu 8.04. Does anyone know why opening Open Office or Firefox should
> cause the system to freeze with the other operating systems?
> Alan Duval
>> I googled your board and suggest you go to this web page and see
>>which is your board and d/l what you might need.
>>Your problem is that Windows can load but Linux can not. Find something
>>that talks to this.
Googled for an answer but couldn't find one. Then again I'm not the best
at searching the internet.
>>>Have you discarded hardware issues? Perhaps you should run Memtest
>>>from the Grub screen for some hours and check if your memory chips are
>>>really fine. Linux is less forgivable with faulty hardware than
>>>-- L M Nicolosi, Eng
Ran Memtest but no problems.
>>>>Oh, what you just wrote reminded me about something I learnt very
>>>>when I started with Linux.
>>>>>This may now be outdated with the improvements in the kernel, I don't
>>>>>know, but Linux expects that the BIOS has full control over the
>>>>>computer's resources. This means that you should not have in the BIOS
>>>>>the setting that the computer is using Plug-n-Play operating system -
>>>>>like Windows. Change this setting this setting to "not using PnP
>>>>>whatever the BIOS has. Windows will still function perfectly.
Checked BIOS settings --- OK
>>>>>>This doesn't seem to be a requirement lately:
>>>>>>This link provides interesting (legacy?) advices on BIOS config.
>>>>>>-- L M Nicolosi, Eng.
>>>>>>>Thanks for this.
>>>>>>>But doing what I have been doing for years hasn't hurt anything
>>>>>>>Overall though, what that page is showing is that Linux expects
>>>>>>>to be where they should be, like RAM without any holes or have
>>>>>>>not shadowed in different parts of RAM. Perhaps whoever wrote
>>>>>>>forgot about the PnP matter :-) .
Thanks for everyone's advice. I have interspersed my replies above.
This is a strange motherboard. I can probably get by using GOS which as
I said is installed on a removable HD and was originally installed when
on another computer with a different motherboard. However even it froze
on one occasion and as this computer is to be installed in an office
with access to another computer I really don't want any problems.
Perhaps I should replace the motherboard but how would I know whether a
new motherboard would allow installation of Ubuntu?
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