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openSUSE 11.1 and Gentoo hate me and Vista is confusing me

WARNING: This is a rant. I don’t mean to be rude to anyone but I needed to vent. Also it is technical.

So I had a very interesting day today with Sakura (my main computer) being down all day. It all started with me deciding to go back to Windows Vista from Windows 7. Now I also decided I should open up 50gigs on my SATA drive (that holds my OS’s) for me to install GNU/Linux onto. Well a odd mistake took place and I somehow managed to remove the 3MB unallocated space on my PATA drive… Now you wouldn’t think this causes any problems but even though my SATA is supposed to boot first for some reason windows installs all the boot configuration stuff onto the PATA drive. This boot order has been known to me for awhile now. Now who would expect losing this 3MB space would cause all the chaos that would follow.

Well since I was stupid and lost the 3MB space by trying to shrink my NTFS partition on my DATA drive (this is the PATA one mind you). I say I was stupid cause I didn’t realize I was manipulating hda instead of sda when using the GParted LiveCD I resize with normally. Now after accidentally trying to resize it and having that fail somehow I had filled up the DATA drive with an NTFS partition. Now I panic thinking something horribly wrong has happened and boot into Windows (yea it runs still) and it repairs the NTFS partition on DATA and so I feel slightly relieved and decide I should just delete the windows partitions on the SATA drive.

So I now go and configure a Windows partition on the SATA drive to leave 50gigs open on the drive and press install. Now for some reason it tells me it doesn”t have the required space. So I reboot and try the Vista disk a few times and the Windows 7 disk both giving me this error. So I figure I will install gentoo and fix that later.

Now installing Gentoo works out fine (I was excited to see the new Athlon64-sse3 optimization in gcc now) until I rebooted. Once I reboot I install X11 which should be easy enough but no AMD’s driver is pretty old school and so I need to reboot and reconfigure the kernel 3 times before I got everything I need turned on in the kernel. At this point I thought I was done as I had gotten Ati-Drivers installed but X -configure was not making me stuff and failing saying it didn’t have a fglrx section and aticonfig failed saying it needed a template. Ah the wonderful catch-22. So I solve it by running xorgcfg -textmode and configuring for ati and then running aticonfig the only problem is when I finally run startx to test the server i get a messed up screen with nothing good showing. At this point I figure I will stop while I’m behind (spend most of my afternoon reading and doing this install) and just try openSUSE since ATI and Gentoo don’t get along.

So now I move to openSUSE 11.1 which is made by Novell. Now they also are the people behind the radeonhd driver which is the open-source driver that is supposed to support my graphics cards (Radeon HD3870) so I wont have to worry about fglrx. Now I get everything configured even installed mplayer and suddenly mplayer cannot play sound (now this for me is a hopeless problem since it turns into guess and check for me) and in the process of configuring mplayer the buttons and everything in the preferences dialog go white and doesn’t refresh. Now this isn’t a major issue but about this same time I realize what I had not noticed hours early that that 3MB unallocated space might be important on the DATA drive! Once again I quit while behind (radeonhd still not up to par for me sorry Novell) and decide to remedy this.

I install GParted on openSUSE and through some odd glitchy stuff with the NTFS partition on the PATA drive I manage to remake the 3MB of unallocated space on the back of the drive. So I decide “hell my setup isn’t guna natively run GNU/Linux” now I’m sure with more fussing I could get openSUSE to work right but at this point I am just going back to Vista right now its updating (oddly it installed fine now that the 3MB is back) and will probably be using this till my thesis is done. At witch point I will probably try openSUSE again.

Overall from this experience I have decided that Gentoo is not guna work for me anymore. I don’t know if Sakura will ever run Gentoo since the fglrx driver is so problematic with Gentoo for me. I know that openSUSE would work if I spent time with it. I though am still disappointed with how preconfigured I felt as though the system was not ready but if i had a afternoon I am sure it would be fine. By the time I was running openSUSE though I just wanted this disaster to end so I just went on to Vista which is hopefully getting close to being done updating.

Oh and the overall question at the end? Why is it that that 3MB unallocated space is needed by Vista to install?


Wow looking at computer hardware makes me feel old

Its funny how much computers have progressed in the last few years. I mean it feels like not to long ago I was gaming on my AMD Athlon 2200+ with 512mb of DDR ram and a Nvidia GeForce 5600 Ultra from e-vga. I actually haven’t used that system in that form for 4 years (it got a gig of ram extra about 4 years ago) but now that computer is dead and parts canalized by my brothers friends. The thing is though I always think of that technology as good still. Its not till I go to Wikipedia to double check that what I call IDE is indeed PATA or ATA-133 or whatever they want to call it. While perusing the article I learn that IDE was not used since 200 really.. and the EIDE has supposedly been obsolete since 1999… Wow that makes me feel old since I have been calling PATA IDE for 5 years now which I guess is completely wrong… Of course I know modern parts well its just I never remember the name changing from IDE as the last major one I remember was EIDE as I really didn’t build another computer using ATA since my latest uses SATA. So I guess this is mostly a rant about the fact that they should not rename computer connectors! I mean its confusing enough but when I got an old EIDE hard drive how would I really know its now called PATA other then by fact that the pins match up!