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    Alright I managed to install Linux on my computer. Unfortunately the GUI isn't coming up? It just brings me to a command line. Is there anything I can do?

    I heard Ubuntu has problems with PCIE. It might just be it doesn't support the X1800 series.

    Also are there any more distros I should try? I only have Ubuntu right now.
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  • #2
    Re: Linux question?

    Maybe you downloaded the server version? Try logging in to your account then running "sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop". As for Linux...ATI doesn't support Linux nearly as well as nVidia does.

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    • #3
      Re: Linux question?

      I really like Ubuntu. I use it on my spare desktop machine. I use debian on a file server.

      Have you tried typing "startx" ?
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      • #4
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        https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206...ux_8.21.7.html

        I don't see the X1800 on the list of support chipsets. Maybe somebody has got it working but it's probably a lot of work.

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        • #5
          Re: Linux question?

          Originally posted by RGM-79N_GM_CUstom
          Alright I managed to install Linux on my computer. Unfortunately the GUI isn't coming up? It just brings me to a command line. Is there anything I can do?

          I heard Ubuntu has problems with PCIE. It might just be it doesn't support the X1800 series.

          Also are there any more distros I should try? I only have Ubuntu right now.
          I did a quick check: the crossfire cards (X1000+) are not supported. The latest ATI chipset that is supported are x850 officially, and even then 3D is problematic.

          Ubuntu has an extensive autoconfigure script that looks for a compatible driver, then installs it. If it can't, it bypasses the configuration, and moves on to the next step.

          That does not mean that you can't get it to run: all modern cards are bootable in vesa mode.

          What you would need to do would be manually edit the Xorg.conf file to use the VESA driver instead, following the directions here:

          https://wiki.ubuntulinux.org/FixVide...9%7C%28conf%29

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          • #6
            Re: Linux question?

            Originally posted by koko775
            Maybe you downloaded the server version?
            Linux comes in server and non-server flavours???
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            • #7
              Re: Linux question?

              Originally posted by Root
              Linux comes in server and non-server flavours???
              Yep.

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              • #8
                Re: Linux question?

                Well, not exactly. There are distros and package selection sets that are server-oriented. For instance, they might include all the services a web server would find useful (eg. Apache, MySQL, PHP) while leaving out X and its friends (eg. Gnome and KDE).

                The kernel has a lot of compile-time knobs as well, and you can tune your kernel to be more workstation-ish, more server-ish, or more router-ish. For example, a game-oriented workstation or server benefits from a shorter scheduling quantum (for better realtime response) while a DB or web server benefits from less frequent scheduling, to reduce the overhead.
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                • #9
                  Re: Linux question?

                  Originally posted by ScratchMonkey
                  Well, not exactly. There are distros and package selection sets that are server-oriented. For instance, they might include all the services a web server would find useful (eg. Apache, MySQL, PHP) while leaving out X and its friends (eg. Gnome and KDE).

                  The kernel has a lot of compile-time knobs as well, and you can tune your kernel to be more workstation-ish, more server-ish, or more router-ish. For example, a game-oriented workstation or server benefits from a shorter scheduling quantum (for better realtime response) while a DB or web server benefits from less frequent scheduling, to reduce the overhead.
                  Yeah, its more of just a server set of packages rather than a server distro of ubuntu.


                  Also, regarding the no graphics originally posted - try logging in and typing "sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg" to reconfigure your graphics.

                  As already mentioned- I agree, nvidia support is much better in Ubuntu. I've had a heck of a time getting things to run smooth on my radeon 9700 pro in breezy.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Linux question?

                    well, Linux is actually very narrowly defined. The GUI, software, and a load of other things depend on which distribution. Some are command-line, intended for you to manually install stuff, or for a minimum server install, and others are desktop-oriented, with everything you need for a mouse+keyboard+graphics computer. Ubuntu lets you do either, as do many. Try Fedora Core if Ubuntu doesn't work, I guess.

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