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Old 08-01-2011, 09:36 AM
Michael Haney
 
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I've been trying to install both Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.04 on my PC for
the past couple of days. This is a custom built system that a friend
of mine built 5 years ago. He gave it to me. It was a gaming system
when he initially built it, using Bleeding Edge components.

It has an AMD Athlon 64x2 4800+ CPU
2GB of RAM
Two 16x PCI-E Nvidia Geforce 7800 GTX cards in SLI-Mode
An Audigy sound card.
Two 100GB hard drives in hardware RAID mode.

I get errors about the CPU when the installer tries to start. One of
the errors is No Human Readable MCE data, or something or other.
The kernel looks like it is looking for some kind of CPU feature that
either my CPU doesn't have or it can't find it. The installer ends
with a kernel panic and isn't able to continue. I want to dual boot
Ubuntu and Windows. My intention is to test my game software under the
latest version of WINE to see if I can finally make the switch to
Linux completely and leave Windows behind. Only, this problem is
getting in the way of that.

Running Windows XP, this system doesn't have any issues. I used to be
a very cantankerous machine when my friend built it, but after it was
rebuilt and I took it over its been working superbly.

Any advice?

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Old 08-01-2011, 10:19 AM
Alan Pope
 
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On 1 August 2011 10:36, Michael Haney <thezorch@gmail.com> wrote:
> It has an AMD Athlon 64x2 4800+ CPU
> 2GB of RAM
> Two 16x PCI-E Nvidia Geforce 7800 GTX cards in SLI-Mode
> An Audigy sound card.

All the above should be fine if in working order.

> Two 100GB hard drives in hardware RAID mode.
>

This would worry me a bit. Chances are it's FakeRAID or DMRaid not
"real" hardware RAID. I'd avoid like the plague. Dual booting using
FakeRAID-setup disks is a recipe for failure.

http://www.smop.co.uk/blog/index.php/2007/04/01/fakeraid-avoid/

As a good friend of mine says "Friends don't let friends use FakeRAID".


> I get errors about the CPU when the installer tries to start. One of
> the errors is No Human Readable MCE data, or something or other.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_Check_Exception

"The error usually occurs due to failure or overstressing of hardware
components where the error cannot be more specifically identified with
a different error message"

> I want to dual boot
> Ubuntu and Windows.

That's going to be hard to do reliably with FakeRAID installed.

Other options include:-

1) Add another disk and put Ubuntu on that, leaving the Windows
install well alone.
2) Wipe both disks and reinstall XP on one, Ubuntu on the other.

Al.

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