New Install Managed - Per ardua ad adstra 'n' all that

  • eddielad
Posted: Thu, 08/06/2009 - 10:54
Hi, this was my first encounter with 64Studio. Like most people I figured I'd not bother to check the forums but I'd just go straight to downloading the Live CD and try it out; then install it directly from that CD if it all seemed OK. Well that's not quite the way it works & it would be nice if the site download page made this crystal clear. The Live CD works fine but you cannot install from it - you need to download the DVD version suitable for your PC. So a DVD Rom is mandatory if you are using a PC that cannot boot from a USB memory stick (see unetbootin for details of this method). So probably you should be using a PC that was built in the 21st Century. Hmmm. Oh well, moving on. Having added a DVD ROM drive to my PC and having obtained the 2.1_i386.iso on a DVD disk. I was set to go. Setup is nice and easy I just used all the defaults and halfway through the install I got a jolly red screen stating that there had been an error installing tetex. Restarting the install did no good. Wiping the DVD on my jeans & restarting did no good This is when I started checking the forums & discovered that certain elements of the install are time sensitive and if they believe that they are outdated they will not install producing the error. Answer - roll back the clock a few years via CMOS settings and do it all again. Maybe I was too enthusiastic. I rolled the clock back to 1999 and set off again. This time the install failed more quickly with a red error message relating to some other piece of software. It seems that the PC was considered too old. Hmmm. Trial and error finally showed that a date somewhere in 2007 allowed the install to flow through to completion. Reboot the PC and 64Studio started up and refused point blank to see my network. In fact the network icon showed the network to be disabled. No amount of messing about could start the network services. On checking it appeared that the DHCP scope on my router was fully utilised so the network setup in the installation process had failed this appears to have caused some kind of non-fatal error & networking simply was not installed. Anyhow I couldn't get it to work. So I hopped on to my router and gave the DHCP scope a few extra addresses, then I reinstalled 64Studio using the method outlined above. OK I'd forgotten to add the time hack and it failed ... but eventually I got it installed with the networking operational. Screen looked rubbish though - really very big. I checked the resolution and it was 640 X 480 with no option to increase it. This was not the fault of 64Studio - I have an older PC with an integrated Nvidia 4 GLX graphics card. Even under Windows I'd had issues with this card so I should not have been surprised Linux would have issues too. So imagine my surprise to discover that Nvidia support their legacy cards under Linux at Its a bit of a faff to locate the correct card driver (not totally clear) but once you locate it you can download the driver package and install it. OK .. thats a bit simplistic. What you actually need to do is download the package and follow the instructions from Nvidia In my case this meant opening up a terminal window using su to become root running the downloaded package ... actually a .run package this opened up a screen that told me I had an X-server running and that this needed to be shut down Long story short I used Ctrl-Alt-F1 to shutdown the X-Server & close the graphical display Then logged in as root at the text based screen I then located the downloaded package & ran it This time it ran through, along the way it announced that it needed to FTP some bits and pieces - but everything looked good. But then it announced that it couldn't find GCC which it needs to recompile the kernel. This is not installed in 64Studio as standard. I ran the following to retart the X-Server / Gnome Desktop /etc/init.d/gdm start and logged back in as my regular user Then used Synaptic to located GCC - this was made harder by the clunky display but I found some reference to C++ under the programming languages option and installed that. GCC is part of that package. When that was installed I used Ctrl-Alt-F1 to shutdown the X-Server & close the graphical display Then logged in as root at the text based screen I then located the downloaded package & ran it .... the program ran through to completion without a hitch. I ran the following to retart the X-Server / Gnome Desktop /etc/init.d/gdm start I saw a message telling me that the optimal screen resolution was better than 640 x 480 and this was being changed and bingo - a nice display showing two (count them) guitar machine heads. Believe it or not this is where the problems started - what with all the options available in the menus "how do I get my Keyrig 49 USB Midi keyboard to work and actually make a noise ?" I checked that the BBC listen again website was audible so I knew sound was working. This time I realised my limitations so I checked the tutorials at I downloaded the Jack Quickstart Guide and read it through the next day. Last night I turned on my PC & 10 minutes later had the sound of Church Organ blasting out of my speakers controlled by the USB Keyrig. Fantastic stuff. It makes the whole thing worthwhile. No doubt I will be posting a selection of dumb-ass questions in these pages in the near future but hopefully these will all be about what the software packages do & what they are for and nothing concerning malfunctions in the OS. Hope this might be helpful to someone regards Ed


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Thu, 08/06/2009 - 16:10
Wow again You must be commended for your persistence! Most new users tend to cry for help when the ISO does not want to burn to CD! You just ploughed forth, till the end. Thanks for this very detailed install guide. Hopefully your 64 Studio 3.0 guide will be much shorter when it is released... Cheers, Quentin