Friday, August 04, 2006

Switched to 64bit Linux

I bought a new shiny AMD Athlon64 3800+ 64bit machine with NVIDIA GeForce6100 GPU. After inserting the Ubuntu 6.06 CD the installation was a breeze, much simpler than the Windows one. Ubuntu detected all hardware without any problem.

The honeymoon ended in 10 minutes when system refused to accept any input from keyboard and mouse. Hard re-boot was the only option to get out of the deadlock. System was never ran more than 15 minutes at a stretch. Google search hinted about possible graphics card driver issue.

The software install and update feature of Ubuntu is great, far better than Windows updates. This article has a good info, how to install NVidia binary drivers. After installing latest graphics drivers system is running flawless.

Now I have abandoned the Windows and switched over to Linux :-)