chris z Posted March 31, 2004 Report Share Posted March 31, 2004 (edited) ok, i know this has been done before, but i figured i'd put this out here anyways, just to get some last minute thoughts, ideas, &/or warnings from people with more experience..... i'm finally benching the old Aptiva & building a new computer. i've done research to find as much Linux compatable hardware that i can find. not necessarily "Linux approved" "on the box" hardware, but hardware that's known play nice with Linux, regardless of the manufacturers neglect in that matter. i've asked around a bit in #musb for some advice, so after that & my own research, here's what i've come up with........... AMD Athlon XP2000+ processor, plus packaged heatsink and fan (either 1.6 or 1.8ghz) ABIT KD7A Motherboard w/ plenty of expansion slots 512MB 2700 DDR SDRAM Creative 52X CDROM (internal) Memorex 52x24x52x CDRW (internal) Sony 1.44MB floppy drive US Robotics 56K everything external modem (non USB) (just in case i ever need dial up. i have DSL, so this is a backup scenerio) GeForce4 ti4200 128MB DDR video card Linksys LNE100TX ethernet controller Creative Labs soundcard 16 bit SBLive Platinum 160GB ATA100 7200RPM Seagate Barracuda hard disk an as yet to be determined tower (i'm mulling over several models) but it will have at least a 400w power supply, 4 or more 5.25" bays, 3 or more 3.25" bays, plenty of ventilation, & it's gonna be one of those lovely see through neon lighted side panel jobs. (eye candy, i know, but what they hey?) a couple of notes, before you might ask or make comments......... why not go for a more powerful processor? budgetary restrictions, plain & simple. 1.6-1.8ghz will be more than enough to suit my needs. why no DVD? i have no need for it now. i watch movies on my television. if i ever decide to go the DVD route, there's plenty of power & room for expansion. why not a more powerful vid card &/or sound card? again, no need. i don't game at all. i listen to music on my stereo. and, budget wise, these choices work for me. what i'm planning to do is run Mandrake9.2 with the 2.4.22-28 kernel until 10.0 becomes final/official/stable/rc7 or whatever it's gonna be known as. what i'm hoping for (& why i'm posting this) is that all of the above hardware choices will give me no troubles. my dream is to load MDK9.2, have everything detected, & be able to boot to a fully GUI enabled system with no problems, other than maybe dloading & installing an external driver here or there for fine tuning of things. so, i'm all ears. i've been working on this & saving for this for a while now & i'm just about ready to start spending the $$$$. any & all advice will be appreciated & taken into consideration before i take the plunge. Chris Edited April 1, 2004 by chris z Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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