Installed Mandrake 9.2 Powerpack.

27 02 2004

Installed Mandrake 9.2 Powerpack. Install did freeze once during LILO install. But otherwise went ok and works ok too. Libranet seem like an ideal choice for my work, but for home I would prefer a more “recent” distro that has atleast Evolution 1.4 and can run Firefox.

With all the issues I had before with Mdk 9.2, I was very nervous (I have to since I almost fried the mobo in the BIOS upgrade process a week back). Mdk 10 RC 1 would ALWAYS hang in disk partition. Mdk 9.2 was not that painful.

Whats different now?
New BIOS (1007)
Disabaled APIC in BIOS (enable back before rebooting to Windows)
noapic and noapic options in grub

Had a very working system in less than an hour including:

KDE 3.1.4
Evolution 1.4
Firefix 0.8
gmplayer with encrypted DVD playback
CD ripping & burning
USB mount (tested with Sony Cybershot.. Later with Archos Jukebox also)
motv (TV app)


See this link from

——- Additional Comment #8 From Carlos Felix 2004-02-28 06:26 ——-

I have finally found stability with my A7N8X Deluxe. I am hoping the following
can help some people out there with the same problem, and perhaps the developers.

My setup:
Asus A7N8X Deluxe NForce2 with On-board sound, network, etc.
AMD 2600+
512MB DDR333
GEForce 2 MX Video
Powmax 500W power supply

I could not get a stable system with Mandrake 9.2, and have not tried 9.1, so
here we go with 10.0. I have had 100% stability with all the tests I have done.
I had some stability with 9.2, but was able to lock the computer consistently
after a few hours.

1. Download Mandrake 10.0 RC1. This has a 2.6 kernel.
2. Disable APIC in your BIOS. This is only temporary just to give you some
stability to install Mdk. Don’t try booting into Windows XP (maybe any Windows)
because it will not boot without APIC (go ask Bill Gates why not).
3. Install Mandrake 10.0 RC1. It may still lock up, so just try again. Don’t
worry about the sound problems as I address that in a step below.
4. Go into lilo.conf and change/add on the boot up options this:
acpi=off noapic nolapic mem=nopentium
My whole boot options look like this:
append=”devfs=mount acpi=off noapic nolapic mem=nopentium resume=/dev/hdb6
I am not sure which set of options are really doing the job, but if it ain’t
broke, don’t fix it.
5. Reboot the system NOW, before it locks up on you. While you are at it,
change the APIC BIOS setting to ENABLED. This step is not necessary if you do
not run Windoze.
6. If the sound works fine then skip this. If not, you are probably hearing
noise/cracking/metallic noises coming from the sound card. Go into your
configuration and change the driver for the sound card.
Change your /etc/modules.conf lines from:
alias sound-slot-0 snd_intel8x0
above snd_intel8x0 snd-pcm-oss

alias sound-slot-0 i810_audio
above i810_audio snd-pcm-oss

Using the configuration tool (draksound) does not change the “above snd_intel8x0
snd-pcm-oss” entry and you will not be able to play audio via Totem or XMMS.

Hopefully this can help some people. If this helps you, please keep posting
this or any other similar steps around other sites, and post any




Moved work notes to bloxsom.

25 02 2004

Moved work notes to bloxsom. I think its a perfect fit for these apps. But for regular blogging I find creating a file for each topic seem like too much trouble. Stick with blogger for now.

Tried to upgrade BIOS to 1007

19 02 2004

Tried to upgrade BIOS to 1007 (Asus a7n8x deluxe mobo) and have a dead motherboard now.

Switched to fluxbox (0.98)

4 02 2004

Switched to fluxbox (0.98)

* Fast, neat and small foot print.

* Configurable

* Can run all KDE applets (like klipper, knotes, teatime, korganizer, kopete, kmess…). They all play well and nice with slit.