Praises be to a swap-able drive bay!
Got my Linux for Dummies box and Fedora Core install disk that came with the book.
I Imaged the ISO's for Linspire & Xandros, swapped my XP drive for a newly formated HD, put my Fedora disk in the CD-ROM and puhsed the power button.
Fedora gives me a bunch of white text on a black screen, text starts rolling by at speed and stops.
I reboot with the Linspire image disk, I get some screens that require interaction and I think, "WOW! I'm moving now. Only to get to the part where Linspire aparently goes into a video test and the display goes wonky, the gateway EV500 monitor reports that the Horizontal Frequency is 74.9hz but the monitor will only handle 70hz. I can't read the screen so I shut it down.
Dinner is ready so I take a breather and enjoy the company of my family over some rice & chign.
After dinner I put the xtandros image disk in the CD drive push the power button Xandros starts to do its' thing and I get all the neat GUI screens for the set-up config, etc... I'm clicking "NEXT" like there's no tomorrow, I'm grinnin' like a fool. Oops. I notice the Installation Summary screen mentions that it did recognize any network adapters. I figure no biggie, I'll snag an ISO for the NIC driver after it's set-up.
I click Finish and off it goes. It starts the setup, unloading and installing all kinds of packages, I'm happy. Next thing I know it hangs up. The progress indicator stopped at "Installing package setting up xandros-nvidia-modules-2.4-24-xl".
The coincidence is that I have a ASUS K8N-VM MoBo with the Nvidia NForce NIC and an Nvidia GeForce 6100 built on board.
Sombody please tell me why Linux is such a PITA to get running. I had similar problems when I tried to get it running pn a PII box years ago. Gusss my geek factor just isn't that high. Am I relegated to Windwoes for the rest of my life?