Joined: Dec. 2007
||Posted: Dec. 04 2007,07:49
So I heard about DSL and figured it was only 50 meg. I'll download it and see what happens. I got out an old Compaq with 128 meg ram, S3 Pro Savage graphics, 900 Mhz AMD Duron. Running Windows XP. (shipped with ME)
Booted up and ran like a charm. All hardware was detected. Could play MP3's and surf the net like a pro and access the Windows XP partion. I don't know about NTFS or not as it is formatted FAT 32.
Went to bed, woke up tried it again. This time everything worked except I couldn't surf the net. Restarted to Windows XP and the internet worked fine. Restarted DSL again, still couldn't surf the net. Tried a couple things to make sure DHCP was being used, but did nothing.
After a little googling I found out the problem was specific to the network card. Realtek 8139 with a manually updated driver and dual booting XP. Windows XP will shut it down in such a way that Linux cannot wake it up. A quick fix is to enable Wake on Lan in Windows XP, shut down and reboot Linux. DSL was again surfing the net like a charm.
Then I didn't use it for a day. I only used XP. I did a reboot in XP and all of a sudden I got blue blocks all over the screen and the system just hung with no POST. Rebooted just fine surfed the net, and didn't think anything about it. Went to bed woke up and tried to reboot the computer and got no POST again. Nothing but a black screen and the FAN blowing. No drive noise, no CD-Drive going.
Tried to power on several times, and kept getting the same thing. Then all of a sudden Windows XP magically came up. I burnt a couple files to disk just in case it didn't boot up again, and it never did. Two days now it's just dead. I'm going to try and remove the mobo battery to reset the CMOS when I get a chance, but I think the comp is just dead.
Now I hadn't used DSL in a day or two when this happened so there is no saying what caused this. This comp was six years old, and it was just time to pay the fiddler.
I also use Linux at work and have never had a problem installing it or running. But we only use IBM's there. However, at home this makes the second time I've killed an old computer around about the same time as trying Linux on it. The other was a different distro.
So then I read some things online about certain bugs in Linux damaging hardware. Such as Mandrake killing LG CD drives.
Ubuntu wearing laptop hard drives.
Ubuntu corrupting DELL clocks and bios.
All these problems seem to stem from hardware makers not building their product to spec. So not really Linux's fault.
But I have a few questions.
1: Am I doing something wrong?
2: Is there any warnings that can be given about how to identify hardware that I shouldn't install anything but Windows on because it might damage the computer?