Abit AX8 motherboard with Ubuntu - is it a no-go?
Posted 02 February 2007 - 07:17 PM
Posted 08 February 2007 - 06:44 PM
My Machine is an A64 3700 (San Diego core) running on an Abit AX8 motherboard with 1GB of PC3200 DDR RAM. Currently running Windows XP.
The version of Ubuntu I downloaded was 6.10 (Edgy) and I used the 32-bit x86 version as I wasn't sure whether there would be any point using the 64-bit edition. (but I did actually download that as well so I have both CDs)
I booted from the CD and allowed it to boot to the GUI. Had a play around with Open Office and the games and thought it would be good to install it on a spare drive. I didn't have a spare drive at that point in time, so I just tried to familiarise myself with the UI and find out whatever I could.
To be honest it's been a couple of months since then, so I can't remember exactly what I did and where I looked - I can do it again later so I can give a precise run-though - but I got into something about disks and couldn't see any detected (despite there being two SATA disks on my onboard controller). So I booted back into Windows and set about searching for drivers. This was when I hit my stumbling block - I can't find any VIA VT8237 SATA Controller drivers that say they're compatible with Ubuntu. The closest I can find is at:
which says it's compatible with RedHat 9.0, Fedora Core 1, SuSe 8.2, Mandrake 9.1, Mandrake 9.2 and RedFlag 4.0.
So I suppose my question is, does this mean I can't run Ubuntu on my current setup? Do I need to buy a PCI SATA controller card or upgrade my motherboard? Or am I just useless at searching and there actually are suitable drivers out there?
Oh, and is there a benefit to using the 64-bit version of Ubuntu, or should I stick with the 32-bit?
Thanks for your help.
Posted 13 February 2007 - 05:32 PM
I found out last night that it does in fact detect my drives after all - not sure why it didn't seem to the first time - I'll put it down to my own ineptitude. And now that I have my new drive, I actually have some free space to install it to. Plenty of fun ahead...
Thanks for your help.
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