[CentOS] Fun with CentOS and Windows

Mark Hull-Richter mhullrich at gmail.com
Fri Mar 16 07:40:43 UTC 2007


I installed the memory and the CPU and the motherboard and the new video
card all together tonight.  CentOS installed very nicely and I'm currently
running the CentOS-Plus version, with which I _can_ access my Windows
partitions.  Well, one of the disks is getting flaky and I'm having trouble
with it - of course, that's the one I need the most.

Glitches, with which I would be delighted to obtain feedback and/or advice:

1) In the boot screen, it tells me "CPU0 Memory information: single channel,
64-bits."  I have 2Gb of DDR2 PC6400 (800MHz) memory - is this a problem, or
does it mean something else entirely?
(ECS NFORCE4M-A m/b, Phoenix BIOS 6.00PG)

2) While the system is booting up, it tells me:
MP-BUG: 8254 timer is not connected to APIC
What does this mean and is there a way around it?

3) CentOS does not appear to have the drivers for my video card or monitor.
I have an e-GEForce 7100gs card and an Envision en910e monitor (yeah, that
old 19" CRT that has been working fine for 3+ years).  How can I get more
than 800x600 (need 1280x1024 to work properly? And please don't say buy a
new monitor - no money for that for a while....

4) Here's the bad part (sort of) - I can't boot my Windows any more.  It
comes part way up and reboots, whether I try to run Safe Mode (hahahahahaha)
or Crashing (I mean Normal) Mode.  The video card is different, and I
thought that might be the problem, but it should come up in safe mode no
matter what - no video driver loaded.  (I also went from a P4 to an Athlon
64 X2 - could that be part/all of it?).

Some of this might be O/T, so please point me at the right place if so
(except that last one - there is no right place for that stuff....)-;

Thanks.

mhr
(aka mhull-richter at datallegro.com)


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