Help!! 64 bit newbie

  • sambaman
Posted: Thu, 06/28/2007 - 11:01
Hello everyone. I just bought my first desktop (Dell Dimension E520) with a core 2 duo and SATA HDD and DVD and I am not sure what chipset but I think it is Intel 965. I have always been a laptop man and have played a bit with various flavours of Linux but I am still pretty green. Anyhow, it is an ok PC but Vista is a piece of stink from what I can tell. Needless to say the desire to migrate to Linux. I am pretty big on photo and video so this looks like the perfect distro for me. I have now tried and tried to put 64 Studio on my sytem but to no avail. Firstly, the SATA DVD is not recognized by Linux so I have to run the install from a USB drive. After going through the full install and setting up GRUB I do the reboot and select my shiny new 64Studio Linux and the big white 64 splash screen comes up and then nothing at all happens. It just sits there! You can hit F2 all ya like and even ctrl+alt+delete and nothing happens. I have also tried installing to a USB HDD and a USB Pen drive but no luck. It does the exact same thing. I was wondering originally if it was a driver that needed to be loaded to detect the SATA drives but being that this does not even work on USB drives I am not so sure. I am wondering if it is a chipset issue possibly? Either way, I sure would love some very detailed help that could get this thing working for me. thanks all. Pat

installation and hardware problems...

  • mikef
  • 06/09/07
  • Tue, 07/03/2007 - 21:01
Perhaps I can help a little here. 64 studio is a Debian based distribution. I run Debian Etch 4.0 r(0) on AMD64 box. I have been using Debian for a while. Installing 64 studio was thus not so difficult for me. If you have problems installing the OS I suggest you sign up with the Debian user list. You have to be a bit careful because they are amazingly knowledgeable but hate answering trivial or poorly researched queries. If you want to find out why a given optical drive or hard drive isn't recognised by the OS, e.g. no one has written a driver for it yet, these guys will know already which hardware items haven't been supported yet, and which developers are working on them and when they are likely to appear etc. They regularly help people get the nvidia graphics card proprietary drivers installed. Each time a new release of 64 studio is put out it will automatically absorb the Debian community developments. Debian is at Regards Michael Fothergill

SATA support for DVD

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Thu, 06/28/2007 - 20:50
This is something that will crop up more and more as hardware is evolving. We seriously need to get the support into the installer kernel... That said, I saw some guides on the net on how to get the stuff going. Anyone with some experiences on 64studio?

Help my brain is scorching

  • sambaman
  • 06/28/07
  • Fri, 06/29/2007 - 03:05
Hey Quentin, Could you by chance tell me where to find those guides? I am grasping at straws here to get it working. Is there a way i can easily put the support drivers or modules that I would need on a USB Pen or something to have them load up at boot? What would those modules be by chance and how do I find them etc etc etc. I just tried Kubuntu 64 and had to use the simple video drivers but it did come up and work so obviously Kubuntu has it figured out. Studio 64 looks to me like a much better option for my uses and I can not bear to be stuck with Kubuntu so i pray help is on the way. thanks again, Pat


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Fri, 06/29/2007 - 06:20
Hi Pat, I just searched the archives Generally a good place to start looking - 64studio has 2 years under the belt! I found this Did you use the "Olympic" release : 1.0? If you did, try using the latest. It is pretty stable at the moment, as the guys are gearing up for the 2.0.0 release - coming soon! Download 1.4.0 form here or if you are feeling adventurous (you shouldn't have to worry) you can download the "master" iso, which should be the 2.0 pre3 release. As I said, it is pretty stable. Hope it helps! Cheers

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  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Fri, 06/29/2007 - 06:57
I just read your original post again... You have installed it, using the usb drive. What you need is to select the correct graphics module! Right! You need to do this: Read my post at the bottom of this troubleshooter... Follow the instructions and change to "vesa" as recomended Boot normally and enjoy! PS: Upgrade your system to the latest version following the instructions here on the left. Free has built the latest nvidia driver modules for the new kernel (2.6.21-2) and It works well even on newer cards. If you have ATI, stick to the "vesa" driver for now Cheers