Hardware :: Building A PC: Especially On Onboard Graphics Compatibility?
Feb 7, 2010
I'm planning on building a computer, to replace the ten-year-old workhorse I have at the moment. But I'm not all that knowledgeable about current hardware. The objectives are cheap and quiet. And of course everything needs to be Linux compatible.I have a few existing devices that I will want to use, and thus need support for. An IDE hard drive, IDE DVD Writer, PCI Wireless Adaptor, and PCI tv tuner card. The drives are the really important things, the PCI devices less so.
I'm in England, and I'm hoping to bring it in to a budget of �200-250.Usage is going to be web browsing including streaming media, watching video (though probably not HD),office work, maybe some light gaming, but probably the most demanding thing is GIS (Geographic Information Systems). I might want to try running stuff in virtual machines too.
For a processor, I'm thinking of an AMD Athlon II X3 435. Based on a magazine review, this seems to give the ideal price/performance ratio - anything more powerful means a bit of a jump in cost. Alternatively, I could go for a lower end processor and spend the money somewhere else instead. (More RAM is the obvious choice; would the ultra-cheap Sempron 140 and 4GB perhaps be better than the Athlon with 2GB?)
I want a motherboard with onboard graphics, and here's the first question: What's the Linux compatibility of onboard graphics like?. Most motherboards for AMD processors have ATI graphics, but there are some with nVidia chips. Which is better for Linux compatibility?
The second question: Is there much benefit buying any memory other than what's cheapest? I know there will be some performance differences, but are they worth worrying about in a budget machine? Also DDR2 is cheaper than DD3 now, but I expect in future that will reverse, so am I better off getting a motherboard that uses DDR3?
I've read that power supply quality is pretty important; an unreliable PSU can cause issues. And I'll also want to pay a bit extra to get something quiet, though I don't need fanless. Considering my choice of processor (TDP 95W) and other hardware (HDD, optical drive...that's about it), What power rating do you think I'll need?.
I am trying to install a PNY GeForce 8500GT HDMI graphics card on an ACER desktop running Ubuntu 10.04. Acer support is nothing.Install card and neither the HDMI or standard monitor work.The fan on the card has power.Remove the card,plug old monitor back in,works fine. Is there a jumper on the motherboard to disable the onboard or something (Command)in terminal? First log is- dmesg, second log is- lspci .
Recently i have installed centos 5.3 from a 'CentOS-5.3-i386-bin-DVD.iso' which was downloaded about an year ago.It was conflicting with my graphics card(Intel� Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 integrated graphics subsystem) from the very beginning as i was unable to install it in graphical mode.So i did a text based installation and selected the 'Gnome' mode.But whenever i type 'startx' or Ctrl-alt-F7 ,Linux is unable to open the x-window and show a huge error regarding its inability to detect monitor resolution or graphics card.My hardware's are Intel quad core 2.33Ghz processor,1.96 GB ram,Intel Dg41 rq motherboard and on-board graphics card(X4500).
I know there are many threads on similar issues but I can't find anything that will work. Not sure if I need drivers or what to do - I feel really stupid as I should be able to get this right but I am at a brick wall. Basically I have a 20inch monitor hooked up to the on-board graphics card and cannot get higher resolution than 900 x 600. It should be at 1280 by 1240. This is a brand new install with the latest Ubuntu 10. Under monitor preferences its says 'unknown' for monitor type and I don't have any driver disk for this screen but never needed one previously.
I'm a new user of Linux.Recently i have installed centos 5.3 from a 'CentOS-5.3-i386-bin-DVD.iso' which was downloaded about an year ago.It was conflicting with my graphics card(Intel� Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 integrated graphics subsystem) from the very beginning as i was unable to install it in graphical mode.So i did a text based installation and selected the 'Gnome' mode.But whenever i type 'startx' or Ctrl-alt-F7 ,Linux is unable to open the x-window and show a huge error regarding its inability to detect monitor resolution or graphics card.My hardware are Intel quad core 2.33Ghz processor,1.96 GB ram,Intel Dg41 rq motherboard and on-board graphics card(X4500).What should i do to operate Linux in graphical mode?Considering that I'm a beginner and everything i have to do is in the command mode,'detailed'.
I am trying to get the graphics working correctly on an old HP Compac d220 mt machine that has an Intel 82845G Graphics Controller.
The latest driver I can find is: Intel(R) Graphics Driver - Linux*[IntelGraphics_060704.tar.gz] dated 12/17/2004 Version 20041217 When I started to install this driver I got a message that said that it was compatible with kernel version 2.4.(+ numbers I don't remember) So I stopped the installation. My question is what will / could happen if I go ahead and try to complete the driver install? Will I hose the entire system? I am fiddling with the kernel if I continue to install the driver.
IF it does break, would it be possible to undo the driver install using the text based root console with networking via the recovery option or will that too be inoperable if I hose the system. Should it break and I can get to the recovery option and open a terminal. How would i uninstall it? I am just getting reacquainted with Linux again after 20 years. I am not using the advanced package management tool to install the driver. The driver has it's own installation script. (have not looked to see if it has an uninstall script in the file list) I won't be able apt-get remove or dpkg purge anything.
I'm running hardware already considered legacy and I was made painfully aware that those drivers, for ATI cards, are only available from Jessie repositories; yet, somehow I was able to have my system configured to run not the stock drivers the system used for installation but, allegedly, proprietary drivers.
I did notice an overall improvement on how the system displays everything on the screen but after fumbling around the system trying to install a game I had a message warning that only software acceleration was activated and not full hardware acceleration, which was what I was aiming at.
After going through a lot of guides on the web I was able to:
a) discover the system is running MESA drivers (or so I have understood) b) install headers for my system but somehow along the way I fumbled whatever I was doing and I probably now have a lot of loose ends in the system
Being Debian (and rock solid) the system is still running smoothly but I really want to clean up after myself and correct what I can and improve where is possible.
In understanding with Fedora logs are trying to tell me and if I need to adjust some settings on my system to address these issues.
The system motherboard (Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H) has onboard graphics. I understand that some of the system RAM is taken up by the graphics subsystem.
Very occasionally, I am seeing Nautilus and some other apps crash with SIGSEGV errors. Also, on the couple of occasions, parts of the display started going black - minimising and maximising the window redrew the area as before. This appears to be to do with memory access issues. I have already tested my RAM, applied the latest BIOS update on the mobo. I'm trying to understand if this is some sort of memory access violation that is resulting from the Linux kernel going off and accessing the wrong parts of the RAM and if there is a way to tell it that the graphics and system areas of the RAM are separate, through BIOS settings or kernel parameters and such?
1. Is my system using AGP? I don't think so. I understand AGP is on its way out. So what does the below log output mean wrt AGP?
2. Which part of the log is actually describing the memory assignment for the graphics memory?
3. Would it be of any use trying iommu=noaperture here? I am trying this out, but I don't understand if it is helping in anyway.
Have done a Google search and read on AGP, iommu, shared memory for graphics, but their interaction with each other at the hardware level and how Fedora is handling this is not sinking into my dull brain.
I have put up the system configuration, BIOS settings, logs etc for your perusal here [url]. Parts that caught my attention are highlighted.
how (or what to use) to build a simple GUI on an embedded Linux system? I am using the Linux distribution Angstrom with a gcc compiler, and need to draw graphics on the screen. Preferably NOT in X11, but in a console only image. Are there simple graphics commands in C that will draw circles, boxes, and lines?
I just built a computer and the onboard nic pluggin is loose and won't register or connect right... so I had to put another nic card in pci to connect to wired network for internet. Problem now is its delaying something fierce... i'm thinking if i can manage to uninstall or disable the onboard nic maybe things would work better... problem is i wouldn't know how to do it... I know hardware is connected via a document somewhere in the file system... if I were to delete the file would that disable the nic or would it just reinstall itself on the next boot?
I've got a matrox m9120 installed at 1280x1024 60hz but its really slow. You see the screen building up in blocks. And that's just in the standard screen. I don't run special software. Any tricks how to improve?
I have a Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2 motherboard with integrated graphics that shows up on lspci as an ATI Radeon 2100. I also bought a PCI-Express Nvidia graphics card so I could use the VDPAU feature on Linux (plays H.264 in hardware). The BIOS has three settings about which display to initialize first:
I cannot get anything, not even a splash screen or POST messages, to emerge from the PCI-Express graphics card. (I'm using a DVI connector; the card also has an HDMI output.)I cannot get the kernel lspci to see the graphics card; the only VGA controller it acknowledges is the integrated one.Running dmidecode acknowledges the existence of an x16 PCI Express slot, and it says
Current usage: Unknown
There is an additional BIOS setting called "Internal Graphics Mode" which is normally set to "Auto" which means it is supposed to prefer a PCI Express VGA card. I set it to "Disabled" which now means I'm getting no output at all. I will soon be learning how to do a BIOS reset!
Other information: The PCI-E card is a MSI N210-MD512H GeForce 210. This is a fanless card. Although there are no fans to see turning, the heat sink on the PCI-E card is definitely getting hot, so the card is getting some sort of power.It gets all its power from the PCI-E slot; there is no external power connector.The BIOS is an AMI Award BIOS.how can I make the PCI Express graphics card visible to Ubuntu?
I have just installed Ubuntu (9.10) and noted that in order to successfully run the trial off the CD I had to test in "safe graphics" mode. I have an NVIDIA GEforce 6600 GT card - which was discovered by Ubuntu in the first few minutes of the trial and so I activated the recommended driver and continued to test. After a successful trial I installed Ubuntu (dual partition Ubuntu / Windows XP), however, it seems the install didn't activate the required driver (as part of the process) and so I'm unable to get into my newly-installed Ubuntu at all. All I get is a flashing tty screen asking for my username and password - however it's erratic and won't recognise what I type. So - I'm stuck in a catch-22 as there doesn't seems to be a safe graphics mode option via the start (GRUB?) menu list.
I have had this problem for far too long, my onboard sound will not work, i went from Xubuntu, to Vista now to here! NO the mute is not on, it says i have sound but I dont! I did the lspci command and got this:
ALSO I have a custom built computer that came with a Rocket Fish sound card model RF-51SDCD that I rip out (no known drivers for that sound card). I have a Compaq Presario 061. Model number is DT076A-ABA S6200CL NA410. My motherboard is an ASUSTek Kamet2. The firmeware is Phoenix Technologies version 3.05 (cant find an update for that either).
I totally wiped out my OSX on my Imacs, in favor of OpenSuse 11.3, and right now, while 11.3 recognizes almost everything, I am searching for a command that lists the hardware available on my Imacs. Is there such a command available, and what is it. I am trying to get 11.3 to recognize my onboard webcam.
Now that I set up a 4x750GB OnBoard RAID 10, I'd like to install my 11.2 Suse (w/ GRUB dual boot)from BIOS, I've partitioned my HDD so I have:- Array1 = 30GB HTFS, 30GB XFS, 30GB Solaris, then extended part. for all (each OS) swap, temp, etc ...- Array2 = 30 GB HTFS (DMy Documents); 30 GB (/home); 30 GB (unformated) and then a big part for game install and VMware partition (Win98 for my old games, winXP32, etc ...)As a (sad) matter of fact, instal WinXP64 and/or Vista64 works perfectly. I see the array as partitioned by BIOS, and everything works.
But I can't have my 11.2 (64) SUSE installed on the drive, I have -for now- a VMware for it running ... on Windows :s(while I'd prefere the opposit)When I start w/ Suse11.2 DVD (downloaded), it says it can't install as there is NO HDD !!ok, fine, I plug back a PATA HDD, then I start the install, then I move the partition to the SATABUT, even so, I can't start the Suse ...I then lauch the repare/recovery on the install DVD, but it says that there is no root partition, no SUSE partition to fixe
I build a HTPC from an old computer and installed Ubuntu 10.04LTS. I'm new to Linux and have spent a few weeks tracking down and fixing a few problems.t the moment I've exhausted my ideas as to why I have no S/PDIF output, I'm trying to use the onboard audio from my motherboard. I get sound from the analog output to my computer speakers, but when I connect the coaxial S/PDIF output to my amplifier I get no sound. tried removing and reinstalling ALSA, muting and unmuting outputs in ALSA, checked my amplifier settings and inputs, and probably a few other things I've forgotten. I also tried to follow the troubleshooting and howto guides to the best of my abilityHere's a list of what I have:OS: Ubuntu 10.04LTS
Motherboard: P4C800-Deluxe Onboard Audio: SoundMAX AD1985 AC '97 audio CODEC supports 6-channel 5.1 CPU: P4 2.60GHz overclocked to 3.12GHz Memory: 3gigs Dual DDR PC3200 GPU: GeForce 7800GS HDD: 2, 160GB SATA HDD and 1TB SATA HDD
I have been trying to get my onboard sound working with OSS in gstreamer-properties when i press test i get sound coming out of my speakers, my onboard sound is recognised in ossxmix, but i dont get sound anywhere else. Onboard soundcard is Realtek ALC883
Im using RHEL 4.2, here in bios level onboard network port is detecting. But when trying to fetch that network port i cant able to connect internet. when i put ifconfig eth1 the port is not available in onboard.
I have a Packard Bell Imedia desktop with on-board ATI graphics. I also have a spare Nvidia PCI card. Is there a way I could use the Nvidia to run a second screen, if so how as the Nvidia and fglrx drivers seem to collide in a show stopping way!!I am running Kubuntu Intrepid, but have resorted to Gnome as KDE4 went spectacularly wrong on me.
I have the MCP55 HD Audio on board. Is there a way to configure the mic to mono, 16 bit with 16000Hz sampling as a system input. The signal will be read by the installed program pocketsphinx_continuous.
This is not to make recordings. I can make these settings in KRecord/KDE3. This is for the system input. The mic works with the program and KRecord.
I wanted to type something in french so I started the on board keyboard so I'll know where the letters are. Now my keyboard is locked, and the onboard doesn't work too... all I did was to click on some of the settings of the onboard.Sadly the onboard didn't show me the french keyboard, so that's a downer too.
This is my first attempt switching to Ubuntu from Windows, and I am having some trouble getting the on-board ethernet to work in Ubuntu 9.1. I have a MSI KM2M Combo-L VIA KM266 and VT8235 Chipset which uses the Rhine II chipset. I am trying to use the onboard ethernet, however it does not connect to the network after installing Ubuntu, although the driver appears to have been automatically installed. I also tried this with several other network cards (Intel, Dlink, Netgear) with various chipsets, but none seem to work.
Our network Netgear switch/router has DCHP enabled, and all of the Windows computers connect just fine. This is true even when we plug another computer into the ethernet cable serving the Ubuntu computer. When I manually configure the IP address, it shows the network connection as connected, but it is unable to ping and/or connect to the internet (except for localhost and the assigned IP address). I used 192.168.11 as the IP, 255.255.255.0 as the netmask, and 192.168.1.1 as the gateway. Below are several commands, that I've run to provide some additional information (using auto eth1).