1. Set-up woes, please, please, please help :(
here's my situation: yesterday i finally got all the parts
to my new computer. I built it, installed rh 6, and i've had nothing but
problems, in fact the only devices i have working properly are my ide
drives and cd burners. Here's what i bought:
Celeron 400 PPGA x 2 (and yes the label said single processor
systems...but they work just fine)
Abit BP-6 Motherboard
256 MB PC100 Ram (2 x 128)
Western Digital 13.0 and 8.4 gig Hardrives
Mitsumi 40 x IDE CDrom
Sound Blaster PCI 128
Diamon Viper V770
Advanys SCSI controller with Matsushista 7502 cdr drive (works great)
3com 3c509 isa network card (PnP mode)
.....i think that's it.
Now here are the problems.
1) First of all when i boot it (top) says i only have about 3 megs of
ram free. How is this possible????
2) I can't seem to configure sound with any luck, sndconfig detects my
card immediatly but i don't head any sound.
3) When i reboot or shutdown using those commands, i don't think it
properly unmounts the drives becuase i get error messages when it boots
up and take about 20 minutes to fsck them.
4) I installed the nVidia patch for the V770 and X does work but the
graphics are real sh*tty (grainy, not sure what mode i'm running in but
i know it's 1024x768)
5) Sometimes when shutting down, the machine hangs when its shutting of
interface eth0. so i'm not sure if the network card is the problem.
That's it on the problems so here are the questions:
a) How do i fix the problems that i listed above? (i know it's
stupid and redundant to say
that, but it's my primary question)
b) What version of linux should i run on this, i.e. what will
support the hardware best. I was considering mandrake, but i'm
c) Is there a way to tell what cpu is doing what? i know in Irix
when you run top it tells you about each cpu?
I truly thank everyone in advance for help with
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