Absolute frustration, if you can help I would appreciate it
Kinda summarizes it.
I want to use Linux. I really do. The idea is cool, the programs are neat, and I KNOW I can eventually get it to do what I want it to. It's just that everytime I turn around, I hit major problems.
Linux seems to have MORE issues than Windows. I will explain.
I got went to the bookstore to get a Linux book so I could get better background info on Linux, Unix, etc. Things like how to install, where to install, etc, by hand (as most updated drivers seem to need). Lo and behold, there was a book for $30 with Redhat 9.0 CD's on it, with everything I want. So I installed Redhat over my SuSE (no important data on it yet).
My setup is that I have two HDD's, one with XP and the other with Linux. I use bios to swap from one to the other, so with SuSE I was up and running. However, my sound card didn't work (Audigy 2), and no 3-D graphics either (Ati 9800 pro). Figured what the hell, give Red Hat a try.
I re-partitioned my hard drive (hdb) using the automatic setup, with the mount point on hdb as well. Maybe it should have been hda, but I want to keep it clean between the two. After installing Red Hat, it recognized my sound card (and it worked!!), not 9800 pro (generic VESA driver used instead). WHen it rebooted, all I got was the a GRUB prompt. Of course, I have no idea at ALL what to do with a GRUB prompt. Rebooted with floppy boot disk, which then loaded Linux. When I went to configure my network card (USB cable modem), Red Hat decided it wouldn't work anymore. I activated the card, then tried to run Mozilla.
Here's where it gets weird. A message on the toolbar said mozilla was loading. A few seconds tick by, then the message disappears, and no mozilla. I tried a few other programs -- same thing. Can't even run a shell. No programs loading. The x-windows interface works, but nothing else will run or open. Figured I did something wrong, maybe some dependcies messed up, and tried to reinstall.
Of course, re-partitioned everything, this time I installed the whole works. Took about 45 minutes. This time, even though I re-partitioned, I got no prompt to set up my user account, just the root.
Reboot after install, and this time I see the word GRUB on the screen, with no prompt. Total lockup. So I try the re-created floppy boot, and am able to boot to Linux, and signed on as root (as far as I know the only account). Again, can't run programs shells etc. When I tried to log off (was going to try to re-sign on), it froze totally. No mouse movement, nothing.
Kinda amazed me by the instability. I am not trying to pick on Linux, but I am surprised by the amount of trouble I am experiencing by a pretty much standard install without doing funky options and messing them up.
Should I format the hard drive, and start entirely with a new slate? Hate to admit it, but with XP I don't even know how to format my other hard drive, as it is not recognized anymore by XP since repartitioning with Linux. (yes it is seen in BIOS without problem)
System specs (if it matters): P4 2.6 800 FSB, 512 GB Ram, audigy 2, ati radeon 9800, Asus P4P800 mobo.
Thanks for any ideas or sympathy! :cry: