Installing Ubuntu on virgin hardware. Linux. Newbie. AMD64. ASUS. nvidia. how to.
- From: "Robin" <robin.pain@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 24 Feb 2007 14:00:10 -0800
I just installed Ubuntu on an ASUS M2n4-SLI with an AMD64 with a
GEFORCE 7600GS nvidia graphic card, a DVDrom drive and a harddrive
only and it all works a treat.
I can't remember all the links or quite exactly what I did but
This is approximately what I remember:-
1) Download the .iso image.
2) Don't extract it! It must be written to disk as is.
3) Don't use Nero 6; the "bootable" option refuses to work (so I used
"load data" instead and while the disk was read OK on the PC, it could
not be read on using the tools option in safe mode on the new
4) ...so Use InfraRecorder (as described in the Ubuntu install
instructions) instead, to write the .iso to CDrom.
5) Turn on the new machine and insert the CDrom.
6) The display should be black with a largish "Ubuntu" name in the
middle and a progress marker below it slowly moving left to right
repetitively (mine left bug-ish remnants at the left edge).
If you get a "...hardware lead failure..." message then:
restart your machine in safe mode and
in the bios select boot and set Boot Device Priority to "CD rom" as
the first device.
If the machine remains stuck with no sign of a moving progress
indicator then from these instructions:
press F6 and then type in:
irqpoll pci=noacpi noapic nolapic acpi=off
(I did this several times and it is likely I only typed in "acpi=off"
the first and last time and it seemed to work OK i.e. the machine did
not hang indefinitely but moved on to the moving progress indicator)
7) After a few minutes the screen bursts into life with a desktop and
I believe Ubuntu is now running entirely from the cdrom so if you
switch the machine off it will remain in virgin condition so...
8) ...Click on the install icon to transfer Ubuntu to harddrive.
9) My machine crashed at the 23% of the CDrom to harddrive transfer
i.e. both the CDrom drive light and the Hdrive LEDs went out and
nothing happened for an hour until I reset the whole machine.
10) After repeating 1) to 8) It got to 29% before crashing, I left it
for two minutes after both drive LEDs went out and then reset the
11) After repeating 1) to 8) It got to 35%.
12) After repeating 1) to 8) It got all the way through (this was the
time I only typed in acpi=off, see above, I think)
13) Remove the CDrom, otherwise it will keep booting from it :)
14) Bingo! Now the machine boots correctly from Harddrive everytime.
15) The display is too chunky: System->Preferences->Screen Resolution
says that max resolution is only 1024 by 768.
16) I get help from comp.os.linux.misc that says open terminal
says do this:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
and a winow opens with selection of drivers, only "nv" is available
(there is no nvidia) so I press <esc> out of the first screen and
another screen appears with
all the settings, I select 1280*1024, shutdown and reboot and it
If you get everything right, the whole install does not take very
long, maybe an hour or two at most.
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