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Thursday, August 8th, 2002

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"Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation. We have assumed control."
Just a quick note to say "Thanks" to everyone who gave suggestions on how to recover/replace my root password! Thanks to you and a couple of friends, I have managed to wrest control of my system from the kernel. The password has been changed (and, yes, it is something that I will remember this time).

Now, I can get back to the business of learning about Linux.

Thanks again!

Current Mood: ecstatic
Linux on Asus A7N266-VM
The Nvidia Chipset Board;

60 gig seagate (ultra quiet) 7200 RPM drive, 45 gigs to linux RH7.2, 15 gigs to Windows XP
256 Megs of pc2100 ddr dimm (I'm going to add more)
1800+ AMD XP CPU (Actual speed reported at 1576Mhz)
350 Watt Allied Powersupply
Floppy, cdrom, etc.
one additional Network Card, 10/100 RealTek 8329too driver in linux
The A7N266-VM board has the following onboard;
NVidia's NForce Chipset,
Which is;
Graphics - GeForce2
Sound - Dobly Digital Audio
Connectivity - Network interface
Plus all the regular motherboard stuff.

So basically for 87 dollars, you get a whole computer, minus ram, cpu, case, hard disk etc.

-----Linux Setup : Beta Drivers
I have a custom built kernel 2.4.18-5

Nvidia has NForce drivers on their website for the Audio and Lan interfaces. I got the audio working great. The built on lan seems to have issues (I noticed the onboard network was sharing an IRQ with the PCI card I put into the box. that may be why it doesn't work.)

X, The X Configuration I'd say was only involving because I didn't read the README on the nvidia website. The components; NVIDIA_kernel, and NVIDIA_GLX, those two items were easily installed. The configuration ended up enabling the frame buffer.

Since this RH72 installation was from an old firewall box (Cyrix 800 dual network system.) and had migrated to a Pentium 100mhz system, and now the same hard disk sits in this beasty, I thought that was causing problems. Nope, was just some config file parameters to change in /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 per the README on their website.

-----How does it perform;
I haven't gotten enough time to really evaluate it fairly yet.
Graphics: Wow. - Chromium looks very good, extremely good frame rates as well.
Chromium performs just as well as it did on the ATI Raedon Card with the Accelerated X Server on the other machine I've got...
although chromium isn't using audio at the moment. (Hrmm)

I started to download Loki games to see what they perform like.

----Eval so far
I like it. Works well. I'll have to figure things out more before really saying "Ya" or "Na". The Nvidia drivers are still beta tho, so it may be a while.
X Works, GL Works
Audio Works
Onboard Network - - - -
changing the resolution
There's really no way to not be a newbie. I've been running Linux for a year now, and never had to change my screen resolution, never even thought about it, and now that I want to do it the methods escape me.

I'm running SuSE, so I was pretty disappointed to see that the help files offered nothing and Yast 2 was useless. I can reconfigure XFree86 (I'm running version 4.1, I believe) with yast 1, but that seems a bit extreme, and I'm not familiar with the number of files I'll need to back up in case I screw something up.

So I'll reconfigure, it's not a huge deal, I'm just wondering if there's an easier way. I guess while I'm at it I could just get the latest version of XFree. Anyone noticed any big differences, got any reasons why I should upgrade?

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