[linux] A linux distro for my Athlon64

Andrew Spott spott at u.washington.edu
Mon Oct 25 15:24:31 PDT 2004

I second that... just remember to read the amd64 howto on the gentoo
linux doc pages... they contain some edits to the installation howto
that need to be followed to get things to compile.


Brian C. Parkhurst wrote:


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> [mailto:linux-bounces at mailman.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Doug

> McLean

> Sent: Monday, October 25, 2004 3:03 PM

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> 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

> mobo,

> 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

> one

> point had Slackware on it.


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

> I've

> tried:


> 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

> the

> 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

> (which

> like the IDE drive has worked on other computers with Linux). I kept

> the

> 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

> catch

> up, but being impatient, I was wondering if anyone had any experience

> getting Linux to work in a stable way on Athlon64 systems, especially

> with

> MSI boards.


> Does anyone recommend a distro (including FreeBSD) that potentially

> will

> have the best support in the future?


> Thanks all!


> Doug McLean

> CSS Systems Administrator

> University of Washington, Bothell

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