[linux] A linux distro for my Athlon64

Brian C. Parkhurst brianp at u.washington.edu
Mon Oct 25 15:08:13 PDT 2004

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Gentoo Linux.

Brian C. Parkhurst
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- -----Original Message-----
From: linux-bounces at mailman.u.washington.edu
[mailto:linux-bounces at mailman.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Doug
Sent: Monday, October 25, 2004 3:03 PM
To: linux at u.washington.edu
Subject: [linux] A linux distro for my Athlon64

Hi guys,

It's been a little while since I posted to this list.

I recently bought/assembled an Athlon64 machine (with an MSI FSR 800
VIA K8T chipset). I have a serial ATA drive on there, with some
space to
throw Linux on there, but I also have a legacy IDE hard drive that at
point had Slackware on it.

At this point, I want to put something Linux-y on this machine so

Fedora Core2 (at first i386, then later for 64-bit Athlons)
FreeBSD 5.2.1 (the 64-bit Athlon port)
Slackware 10 (this just flat out didn't work)

All of them run into various problems installing themselves on either
SATA drive or on the legacy IDE drive. The problems all stem from
problems writing to the drives, or reading from the CD-Rom drive
like the IDE drive has worked on other computers with Linux). I kept
IDE drive installed thinking that maybe something could at least get
installed there, but I run into problems nevertheless. I think the
Motherboard is the issue.

I think I have to wait a bit for Linux support for my motherboard to
up, but being impatient, I was wondering if anyone had any experience
getting Linux to work in a stable way on Athlon64 systems, especially
MSI boards.

Does anyone recommend a distro (including FreeBSD) that potentially
have the best support in the future?

Thanks all!

Doug McLean
CSS Systems Administrator
University of Washington, Bothell

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