As for Linux? When I first installed Kubuntu I had to set her up as a “Generic Graphics Card” with 256megs of Ram, but afterward’s through the Adept system update program I was able to download and the install the proper Nvidia drivers. After doing this you have to restart X, so I just rebooted. After the reboot, she went through her standard boot up routine except for a large white screen with the Nvidia logo that breifly appears before the welcome screen. So yes, she’s 100% compatiable. I picked out an Nvidia card on purpose because according to the forums i’ve looked at online most people have recomended Nvidia over ATI for Linux because they say they have better drivers. True? I don’t know, but she works very well. How fast is it? I’ll be honest, I can’t really tell you. As far as bench marking programs go, I haven’t really looked, much less found one for Linux. I’m sure one does exist somewhere, and if I find one I’ll post it on this site. If it makes you feel anybetter about how fast she is in my computer, she breezes though all of the OpenGL screensavers. Is that a big accoplishment? Probabaly not, but it makes me feel better either way. It is afterall more than my last computer running Linux could accomplish. So if you need a card this one from EVGA is a great choice, albeit Linux or Windows. (Windows compatiability is guarenteed so I have no fear in saying that.) Enjoy!
UPDATE: This router has been for me 100% compatiable with Linux. Do note however I don’t manage the router through Linux, instead I use my computer running XP for that. However using Firefox through Kunbuntu Linux, you can still do it. I guess its just easier for me to do on this (my computer running XP) than it is through Linux.
Managing the router by the way is very easy. Just type its IP address in the address bar of a computer attachted to it, and thier a graphical menu you can go through and change your Firewall settings, WEP or WPA settings, and everything else I can think of that you would want to do with your router. Enjoy!
Thats the box for my Biostar Motherboard. Its the K8T8-A7 model with support AMD64 processors. For hardware it takes Socket 754 processors (Athlon 64 and Sempron), upto 2 gigs of 400mhz DRR Ram, has IDE and SATA harddrive capability, 8x AGP, with 5 PCI slots, and 1 CNR slot, while supporting RAID 0 and 1, and finally has 6 channel onboard audio.
Linux compatiablitity? Excellent. Kubuntu Linux took it right up and I haven’t had a glitch since. I’d definatly recomend this board to anyone looking to buy a Athlon64 processor. I’m currently running a 3700+ in it now. As that would have it the 754 won’t accept any higher a procesor than that, so i’ve pretty much maxed her out in that realm. At 3.7ghz though, you’ll scream though just about anything except the toughest games, which for I don’t believe for most is a huge deal in Linux. The way it looks to me at the moment from what i’ve seen online, most people dual boot with XP if their also into games. Its a single core processor as well, so you’ll have to get another motherboard if you want multiple cores. Slackware linux also booted up just fine with this motherboard; for any Slack fans.
Sorry, I didn’t get a chance to post anything today, but I’ll get some stuff up tomarrow the 31st for sure. Thanks!
OK, so this isnt related to Linux at all, but I saw it somewhere online and decieded to it too since I had one I was going to throw away anyway. Thats a 1.8Ghz Pentium Celeron your looking at, dated 2002. Funny how it only took three years for this processor to go from a piece of modern technology to a key chain, huh? Make me laugh anyway. Well anyway here’s how I made it. First I drilled through the existing hold in the corner of the processor and then took a screw driver and a hammer to the pins on the back, basicly scraped them off. As a novelty item this is rather amusing, but the sharp points on the corners stab my legs through the pocekts of my pants. I was thinking maybe take a rotary tool (Black and Decker Wizard) to the corners and round them out? I don’t know though, we’ll see. Enjoy!
For someone who has never set up a network before and holds no certifications from Cisco this makes for an excellent start to a home wireless network. Running at 54mbits (G) its plenty fast… for now anyway. Although i’d like to have one that runs at 108 I worry that my DSL connection isnt fast enough to warrent wireless internet much faster than this. Pages load almost as quickly on my sisters laptop, anywhere in our house, as they do on here on our main computer. This may sound stupid for veterens, but in case you didn’t know, you don’t have to have any certain computer on to still have internet wirelessly though the house. The router is completely independent from computer, and connects directly to the modem. Making a setup pretty much like this:
Internet —> DSL/Cable Modem —> D-Link Router —-> Computer
The back of the router has four ethernet cable ports for computers that are that close to the router. My house now has a total of four computers in it. Three with XP and one with Linux (Kubuntu). All three of the Windows computers (two laptops, and a desktop) all work perfectly so far with the router so far. As for my Linux computer… well she’s not quite up and running at the moment, but I will come back to fix that, I promise. This is after all a Linux blog. I have no doubts about it though. Thats all for tonight I guess, Enjoy!
This is my case that ordered. So far there have only been two or three real downsides to it. The window fan tunnel that supposed to connect to the processor dosent connect, and the case in the front dosent fit the holes. Its an 80mm according to Ultra and the people who make the fan, but it dosent line up. I think im just going to Gorilla Glue the fan to the case. I’m not sure what else I can do. As far as the processor fan coming out of the window, I’m going to look for some nuts to hold the srews so that I don’t have to have that stupid tunnel taking up space in the case. It gets in the way of the power cabels, for those of you who have never had a case with a tunnel, I wouldn’t recomend it, it’s not worth it. Its not worth it for me anyway. If your motherboard just happens to line up properly, then I guess its alright.
As mentioned before the computer is up and running. I’ve purchased a black floppy disk drive and a black Lite-On 52x CD burner. Two things a computer just can’t live without. Those are the last two orders from Tiger Direct I swear it!
It took me roughly two hours to get the computer together. I borrowed a lot of parts from the old DELL I was running with. Word to the wise, if your borrowing parts from a DELL keep the power tools handy, it took me almost an hour just to tear into the case and get all the parts I needed from it.
The build got off to a bad start actually. The motherboard comes with a template for the rear panel, and the case also comes with a template for the rear panel. I did not know how to remove the old template and get the new one in. Luckily I removed it with brute force without damaging my new case. After that it took me two times to figure out how to properly screw the motherboard to the new case. This is my first build from scratch so I guess a lot of the “dumb basics” of it are still missing from me :-/ ! After that it came together fairly well. I installed the ram and the graphics card without trouble. It was only then I realized I would have to take the motherboard back out to install the new Mascool heat sink I bought for the Athlon 64 processor. After taking the motherboard back out, a third time, and installing the heat sink and processor, I finally put everything together for the final time. Final time so far anyway. After getting everything successfully put together I downloaded Kubuntu (the 64-bit edition) and burned it to a CD. Its nice only having to burn one CD for Kubuntu as opposed to the 2 for Slackware. So far I really like Kubuntu. Its clean, simple, friendly, and defiantly worth a look. Slackware is still an excellent operating system though, I would still recommend it for sure.
Booting the computer for the first time brings up the BOIS screen, I fumbled through it but didn’t do anything. I tried several times to update the BOIS to the new version, but I can’t figure out how. I think I’ll post on LinuxQuestions.org to see if I can get some help with this. The CD autoplays in Windows, but something tells me Linux won’t be quite so simple. I finally had to reset the jumpers to figure out how to get back into the BOIS, you have to press DEL as opposed to F2 or F10 like I’m used to. Petty stuff like that is to be expected.
Finally all of the hardware I have up and running so far is 100% compatible. I, after one day of use, have had no problems with it. On the other hand though, I don’t have the Nvidia graphics card installed with the right drives from Nvidia, and I somehow managed to disable my ethernet card during the install and now the settings menu won’t let me enable it. Other than that, software wise, I have had no problems! Install was a breeze.
Well its Christmas Day! I have revieced all of my new computer hardware and have finally (after atleast 3 hours) peiced it all together and I have it up and running. I’m hoping to have pictures up soon. I’ll come back for alot more later, i’m still setting up the new D-Link Router and my sister’s new laptop
My motherboard actually arrived via UPS today. After the first one was on backorder for close to three weeks I decided to switch to another one of similar specs. I really liked my original Abit board so its sort of a shame, but I think the Biostar I substituted with will be just as nice. It comes with free Norton Antivirus and Norton Ghost which is nice. Its doubtful I’ll ever use the Norton Ghost but its cool to know if the time ever arose that I would need it I have it. I probably won’t use the Antivirus either, I get Norton Enterprise through my college so I’ll just stick with that, that is if Windows some how finds its way onto the new computer.
That brings up a good point. While Windows XP is pretty much guaranteed to never be on there, because I don’t have a legal copy to put on there, the new Vista might. Its not slated to come out till 2006 but the previews of it look promising. Rumor has it too that Vista is borrowing a lot of ideas and strategy from Linux. Which sounds really good, but you can see a lot of Windows in Linux as well. I guess if its not broke don’t wear it. Microsoft does after all spend millions of dollars every year on R&D, its not surprising that its ease of use, in my opinion, is just as good as anything else I’ve ever used.
Well I think that’s all for now. Enjoy and comment!
Here’s a detailed list with links to pages of the hardware i’ve purchased.
- Motherboard – Biostar
- Graphics Card – GeForce 6200 256 Meg
- Memory – Rosewill 1 gig
- Case – Ultra with Clear Blue Side
- Power Supply – Ultra 500W
- Processor – AMD 64 3700+
The prices listed on those pages aren’t what I payed, but it serves the purpose.
If you have any comments or suggestions leave me a post. Enjoy!
Hey, I just wanted to post what I’m getting for Christmas!
1.) AMD Athlon 64 3700+
2.) ABIT Motherboard
3.) 1 gig DDR 400mhz ram
4.) Nvidia 6200 256meg AGP 8x
5.) Ultra Case with blue tinted side window
6.) 500 Watt Ultra Power supply
I plan on using Kubuntu Linux with this setup. I’m going to borrow some parts from my current Linux computer running Slackware to complete the setup, i.e. harddrive, cd drives, etc. I’d use Slack with this new computer but it doesn’t currently officially support 64 bit processors. Either way though I’m excited to try a new flavor of Linux :-).
Also I’ve been looking into setting up a server here at home with the leftover PC. I think it’ll have enough parts left in it for that. Maybe not, who knows? I haven’t found much yet. This seems to be a rather difficult task. That threads I’ve read on LinuxQuestions.org seem awfully deep in network lingo and such. A bit over my head, but a challenge is always a good thing. It will be nice, even if the server never gets setup, to have jumped in a learned something about servers, the internet, and Linux. I think that’s all for now, post any comments or suggestions!
The site in the link box is peice published by TUX magizine. It lists thier top choices for various programs used under the linux enviroment. Ones I recomend checking out:
- DigiKam – A photo orgizing program
- XMMS – A winamp (from windows) clone
- Firefox – Best browser around, you can’t beat that.
Some of the rest on the list I haven’t actually tried, others are great but there are equally great alternitives, i.e. KDE vs GNOME. So its you choice, but I would definatly look through the list if your a linux user.
After using Knoppix 3.9 for a couple of days I decided to venture into Linux full time. For this I decided to choose Fedora Core 4 Linux from Red Hat. Red Hat has a very solid reputation in the Linux community. Partly because of their server software and partly because of their home versions of Linux. Fedora is great for beginners. Its anaconda installer is extremely easy to use and very helpful in explaining what its doing or needs to do. After formatting my hard drive using Druid (ok it did everything for me) I installed Fedora with no further problems. I proceeded to reboot and the proverbial shit hit the fan. That will be another post though.
After alot of research into the different flavors of Linux I asked some people what they thought about the different distros. My conclusion? I choose Slackware. Slackware was revered for its stability and its security. The down side to this? Slackware also tends to be a bit behind compared to the rest of the distros when it comes to the cutting edge of software devolpment.
Upto this point Slackware 10.2 is still my distro of choice. So if you want a distroubutoin worth checking out, definatly check out Slackware. I’m going to look at the other ditrobution in the future, and hopefully publish some full reviews on here. Enjoy!