Linux distro for AMD socket 939

bwanaaa

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Tried to install lubuntu 32 bit and during the config, it did not show any disk drives. Gparted clearly shows the 164 gig ssd and i reformatted it to ext4. So I am stumped.

Will an opteron run a 64 bit OS?
I have a dfi lanparty venus (the 'special' version of the nF4 sLi expert). The lubuntu 32 bit cd boots fine.
File explorer (or what ever lubuntu calls it) shows the Spinpoint 465g drive, as well as the no name ssd.
 

IceDigger

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Its possible that the drive was formated to GPT for a UEFI BIOS which those motherboards do not support.

Format it to MBR and you should see it.
 

Burticus

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Which Opteron? You said s939 so like an Opty 144? I think that one was 64 bit.

Regardless, give it a try it will either work or not. OTOH... ancient CPUs so don't expect much.

Kinda sounds like you're missing a driver tho
 

zandor

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Worst case you can use dd from a Linux command prompt to nuke the boot sector and partition table. I've done that lots of times but it's been a while. IIRC (going from memory here) it's something like:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=100

count=100 is overkill, but I forget how many sectors you have to whack to get the boot sector and the partition table. Replace /dev/sda with the device you're trying to wipe.

After that it'll look like a new, empty drive to the OS and you should be able to proceed normally.
 

bwanaaa

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Read what I said to do.
Thank you for your patience with my density. As gparted did not make the choice obvious (it is there but you have to delete all existing partitions and select 'msdos' from the device menu), I just did it from terminal. Then rebooted and installed fine. I ultimately chose peppermint over lubuntu. Dont know why-maybe the thought of minty freshness made it feel snappier. I found some more DDR4 sticks under some boxes and added those too.
On booting the bios says
DDR 333 timing 3-4-4-7 2T

but
sudo modprobe eeprom
sudo decode-dimms
shows
---=== Manufacturing Information ===---
Manufacturer G Skill Intl
Manufacturing Location Code T
Part Number CL3-4-4-8-Gskill
Manufacturing Date 2004-W02

---=== Memory Characteristics ===---
Maximum module speed 555 MHz (PC4400)
Size 512 MB
Banks x Rows x Columns x Bits 4 x 13 x 10 x 64
Ranks 2
Voltage Interface Level SSTL 2.5V
Module Configuration Type No Parity
Refresh Rate Reduced (7.8 us) - Self Refresh
Supported CAS Latencies 3T, 2.5T
Supported CS Latencies 0
Supported WE Latencies 1
tCL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS 3-6-6-12 as DDR-555
2.5-4-4-8 as DDR-400

and


---=== Manufacturing Information ===---
Manufacturer OCZ
Part Number OCZ5001024EBPE


---=== Memory Characteristics ===---
Maximum module speed 500 MHz (PC4000)
Size 1024 MB
Banks x Rows x Columns x Bits 4 x 13 x 11 x 64
Ranks 2
Voltage Interface Level SSTL 2.5V
Module Configuration Type No Parity
Refresh Rate Reduced (7.8 us) - Self Refresh
Supported CAS Latencies 3T
Supported CS Latencies 0
Supported WE Latencies 1
tCL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS 3-3-2-8 as DDR-500


The pc actually feels snappier with just the gskill sticks, but moar ram is better!
Maybe I can oc the ram and tighten the timings.
 
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