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Hey everyone. I'm very new to Linux, just switching over from Windows XP. I dowloaded the 10.1 DVD ISO tonight figuring I would get the install done in an hour ...
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    Problems Installing 10.1


    Hey everyone. I'm very new to Linux, just switching over from Windows XP. I dowloaded the 10.1 DVD ISO tonight figuring I would get the install done in an hour or so...

    When I boot to the DVD and the install is loading into memory there is a line below the bar that says:

    "Disabling IRQ #18"

    The memory loads correctly and the install continues. I'm asked to configure my video options. I have an ATI x800. I've tried every single driver on the list that had "Radeon" in the title. No luck. The test isn't working with anything. So I continue anyways and I reboot after the install is finished.

    When the bootloader opens I select "Linux" it takes a while to load. A prompt appears resembling a DOS prompt. But instead of allowing me to effectily type something "Disabling IRW #18" appears ever half of a second. Over and over. It dosn't stop. I know just enough to try to get in the GUI by typing "startx" as fast as I possibly could. When I do it says, of course, "no screen", and continues to display "Disabling IRW #18" line after line.

    If you have ANY idea whats going on with this "Disabling IRQ #18" thing PLEASE let me know... As for the graphic driver, I know ATI dosn't have great Linux support, but theres got to be somthing I can do. I heard that the Mandriva Club offers ATI drivers, but for a price. Is this worth it? I'm, hopefully, going to get Counter Strike Source playing on here so I need some 3d driver.

    Thanks in advance to anyone that posts.

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    Hi - do you mean IRW or should that be IRQ?

    Try changing the settings of the SATA port in BIOS to Enhanced Mode, SATA only. Assuming you have that option. It's a long shot.
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    Hi, thanks for the reply.

    I wrote down "IRW", but I'll double check when I get home from work. I'll try changing the SATA option as well.

    I'll get back to ya.

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    Okay - Also trying reading this for some idea of what may be wrong.

    And definitely read this.
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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    It was infact "IRQ". I'll ready up on those. Thanks.

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    What about a video driver? Should I join the Mandriva Club for the drivers or is there another way to get a good preformance driver for an ATI X800?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brownelltyler
    What about a video driver? Should I join the Mandriva Club for the drivers or is there another way to get a good preformance driver for an ATI X800?
    I don't know that model. After a while you realise that nVidia graphics cards are better supported ... Try here perhaps: https://support.ati.com/ics/support/...ge&folderID=27

    You may well have problems with this. If it's any comfort I have a Radeon 9000 card and it works ... Sort of.
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    Okay, how would I go about installing this driver when I don't have a GUI working. When I did try to startx it said, no screen. Sorry about all of this, I'm VERY NEW at Linux and your going to have to talk to me and walk me through this like I'm a 6 year old kid.

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    Okay then:

    You need to cd to the directory containing the driver. You might like to try pwd to see where you are in your directory structure. For eg., cd /home/freddy/tmp

    Then try ls -al to list all your files and directories. You should have an idea of what your driver file is called. It's going to be a compressed/zipped file with an extention like bz2 or tgz

    I usually use a tool like Ark to unzip these files (I'm lazy about that) but you might try something like:

    tar xvf --bzip2 programme_name.tar.bz2

    ./configure
    make
    su
    <enter your password>
    make install

    If you get lost or confused take a break and come back to it. It takes a little time to get used to installing things and sometimes packages need other packages before you can install.

    If you get stuck post here ... I'll get back to you. Make a note of any error messages you get and post them here.

    EDIT: Manual pages will help you. At first they will seem strange, but you type man tar or man bzip2 ...

    Google is your friend. It can help a lot.
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