I have a problem with this particular computer of mine. Because of the installed hardware, I've never been able to get a Linux distro to run right without jumping through some fairly annoying hoops. I thought Sabayon might have a magic bullet, but it doesn't look like it works right out of the box. Maybe someone here can help?
First, the computer:HP a1030n
P4 3.1 GHz, single-core, 32-bit CPU
1.5GB DDR2 SDRAM
16x HP Lightscribe DVD/CD burner
Ethernet card, modem, various USB ports and card readers, etc..
Realtek ALC 880 chipset integrated audio (doesn't work...)
Creative Audigy Soundblaster 5.1 surround blah blah...
Intel i915 Integrated video
NVidia GeForce FX5500 256MB card
I can't get the latest versions of Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint, Slackware, Debian testing, to boot or install on this computer. With Ubuntu, Mint, and Fedora, I get as far as the xsplash screen, and then the video goes black and it just sits there.
I'm pretty sure it has to do with the NVidia card - it's been giving me problems on this computer since 2006 when I got it. I thought hardware detection and NVidia drivers came a ways in Linux since then, but it doesn't look like it.
I know, from experience, that if I unplug my monitor from the NVidia output and back into the on-board VGA port, boot and install any distro from the live cd, reboot, install the nvidia drivers, blacklist the on-board video in modprobe.d, shut down, put the VGA plug back on the NVidia card, and reboot, it will work about half the time (sometimes just nothing...)
With Sabayon, when trying to load the live session with the text-output enabled, it gets just past mdev where all my local drives are being mounted, then it tries to open a million TTYs, spits out a million error messages, and locks up. The text mode installer goes just as far and hangs with no clear error messages.
I'm hoping someone here has experience dealing with this hardware or video card and maybe knows a easy way to work around the issue.
If need be, I can re-attempt running the live session and I'll write down (with a pencil... bah!) the error messages as best I can.
Thanks for any help.