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  • Loaded4th
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    Originally posted by Panix View Post
    Why not switch to Windows 7? When I installed XP Pro, I always used a slipstreamed CD to avoid the very issues you speak of.

    One thing to know about Asrock 1155 SB boards is that they all use the etron chip for the USB 3.0. It's still not supporting Linux yet but apparently there are now patches for it. Unfortunately, the support will only effect installs using kernel 3.0. Something like that, anyway.
    The reason I'm using XP & Kubuntu is that I intensely dislike the way Microsoft is heading--relying on simple user groups to develop their products. This is generally frustrating for me and many others. Personally, I'd rather spend my money on decent hardware than waste it on overpriced MS software.

    It was easier at the time to pop the top of the case off and add a temporary floppy drive. If I was going to do this often, I would slipstream the CD. I assume that if one booted from a USB floppy with DOS 6.22 & a CD driver, that would work if the floppy was designated Drive A:

    Thanks for the tip about Kernel 3.0, Kubuntu 11.04 does not seem to use it, so I guess I'll have to wait. I can always use an eSata port if I have large local data transfers, or use XP.

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  • Panix
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    Originally posted by Kano View Post
    use nlite to integrate the needed driver, piece of cake.
    Presto!

    nlite's great.... for XP users, it's essential.

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  • Kano
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    use nlite to integrate the needed driver, piece of cake.

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  • AlbertP
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    SATA controllers not supporting IDE mode (Intel, for example) can often be problematic with Win XP. I'd rather use a motherboard with AMD chipset - those chipsets sometimes offer a BIOS option for good old IDE mode to get SATA working with XP without needing to fiddle with drivers or floppy's.

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  • Panix
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    Why not switch to Windows 7? When I installed XP Pro, I always used a slipstreamed CD to avoid the very issues you speak of.

    One thing to know about Asrock 1155 SB boards is that they all use the etron chip for the USB 3.0. It's still not supporting Linux yet but apparently there are now patches for it. Unfortunately, the support will only effect installs using kernel 3.0. Something like that, anyway.

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  • Loaded4th
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    ASRock Z68 Setup Issues - Dual Boot XP/Kubuntu

    Here's my experience:

    It?s been awhile since I built a PC, but as I wanted a state-of-the-art system that runs Windows XP. I purchased an ASRock Z68 Pro3-M motherboard along with an Intel Core i7 2600K processor, 8Gb of memory and a couple of 2.5? drives (64Gb 6Gb/s SSD + 750Gb 3 Gb/s). I also obtained a Sentey mATX case that turned out to be a disaster as the power supply radiated so much electrical noise that it interfered with the doorbell and other devices. It was also useless as a desktop as there was insufficient heat extraction and the front LCD panel did not work completely. The Sentey case was returned.

    I could not find a mATX desktop case locally, so I swapped the guts around of a few old computers and ended up with a reworked HP DC5000 case that has one external 5.25? bay, one external 3.5? bay plus an internal 3.5? bay. I?ve used a 3.5? converter to two 2.5? bays for the internal 750G drive and a StarTech trayless hot swap mobile rack for the SSD drive. I replaced the existing power supply with a 1U Athena FlexATX 300W unit and ordered two 60mm x 25mm fans and two 40mm x 25mm fans, both from SilenX, to replace the existing fans I added, or in place, that are rather noisy.

    After several attempts, I installed XP on a 17Gb partition and Kubuntu 11.04 on a 30Gb partition of the 750Gb drive; when everything is loaded, I?ll transfer these OS?s to the 64Gb SSD.

    Installing these OS?s proved to be something of a challenge as I was unfamiliar with the BIOS settings required. After numerous attempts I discovered that I had to have the BIOS PCI/ROM priority set to EFI. When running the Kubuntu install CD, select UEFI [DVD_drive] to install it in GPT mode. For XP, I set the SATA mode to [AHCI] and when booting with the XP CD, select AHCI [DVD_drive] to install it in MBR mode. If these setting are changed after installation, XP will not boot.

    The XP install CD does not contain the necessary drivers for this SATA mode, and I had to temporally plug in a 3.5? floppy drive and create a SATA/ SATAII/ SATA3 driver diskette. This is done using the ASRock DVD that is packaged with the motherboard. During POST at boot-up, press F11 and select DVD/CD device. Press ?Y?> when prompted if you want to generate a Serial ATA driver diskette. When the XP installation CD starts, it loads a range of drivers with the comment to press F6 to add additional drivers. Pressing F6 allows the SATA driver to be loaded after loading its own drivers. There seems to be no option but to use a floppy diskette for this purpose unless you can slipstream an XP install CD.

    Loading XP after I had installed Kubuntu meant I had no dual boot or Grub loader. I loaded a Parted Magic CD, selected the Extras Menu and ran the Grub2 bootloader. I then selected ?Find OS?s? so that I could boot into Kubuntu. Once up and running I re-installed Grub2 and installed a Grub bootmanager/configuration utility, chose XP as the default Boot OS, and rebooted.

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  • tomm3h
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    Originally posted by buzz View Post
    I actually posted a link to a copy of the vendor driver earlier in the thread, and I had fixed up the installer to build against 2.6/3.0 properly. Guess you missed that
    Apparently I did. No harm; running the included driver is a much more preferable solution.

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  • buzz
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    Originally posted by tomm3h View Post
    Thank you, thank you and thank you for pointing that out. I'd been pulling my hair out over the r8168 driver not building on >=3.0.0 (the makefile pops-out a 2.4 kernel module!) and I hadn't realised that the r8169 driver had now been updated to play nicely with my/our NIC.

    Wonderful stuff. No more compiling my own NIC drivers every time I install a new kernel.
    I actually posted a link to a copy of the vendor driver earlier in the thread, and I had fixed up the installer to build against 2.6/3.0 properly. Guess you missed that

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  • tomm3h
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    Originally posted by buzz View Post
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    commit 70090424e59652c4b2e777b533cc23134b176b83
    Author: Hayes Wang <[email protected]>
    Date: Wed Jul 6 15:58:06 2011 +0800

    r8169: support RTL8111E-VL.

    (3.0.0+) the ethernet is working correctly without using the vendor driver.
    Thank you, thank you and thank you for pointing that out. I'd been pulling my hair out over the r8168 driver not building on >=3.0.0 (the makefile pops-out a 2.4 kernel module!) and I hadn't realised that the r8169 driver had now been updated to play nicely with my/our NIC.

    Wonderful stuff. No more compiling my own NIC drivers every time I install a new kernel.

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  • buzz
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    commit 70090424e59652c4b2e777b533cc23134b176b83
    Author: Hayes Wang <[email protected]>
    Date: Wed Jul 6 15:58:06 2011 +0800

    r8169: support RTL8111E-VL.

    (3.0.0+) the ethernet is working correctly without using the vendor driver.

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