Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Aug. 08 2004,03:14
If you are purchasing a Dell computer, your best bet is to find one that can be ordered with "Red Hat Enterprise Linux" pre-installed as an option.
In general, if the computer works with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, it should also work with debian/knoppix/dsl.
My Dell PowerEdge 400sc works fine, with one exception:
The integrated sound chipset only seems to work with ALSA drivers, so no sound with DSL.
However, even the sound works with knoppix if you type "knoppix alsa" at the boot prompt.
I had to chuckle when I could not install Windoze XP without special Intel NIC drivers from the web site and I obviously could not connect to the web site without a NIC. So the only way to get them was to boot up DSL (the network card was autodetected) and download the XP drivers and then burn them to a CD using GCombust.
Personally, I think that Intel should be slapped around for producing a video chipset that does not support the INDUSTRY STANDARD Vesa display modes.
I'm not one for crazy conspiracy theories, but it seems strange that the 1 video mode that is supported by this chipset (640 x 480 x 16) also happens to be the Microsoft Windoze initial boot screen resolution. Hmm...