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JustinP526
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Anyone running Linux on an AMD APU rig?

 

Currently, I've got one that's running Windows 8.1 64 bit (it all came as a bundle) and I'm finding that I really do not like Windows 8.1 at all. Well, Linux is a smarter choice after all.. so why not switch it over, or just put another HDD in and run a dual boot even?

 

Hardware is:

Mobo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130762

APU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113349

RAM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148787

PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817374030

HDD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822149380

 

I don't know if that PSU is OK (it came in the bundle) but shouldn't be a problem to switch it out. Not seeing much negative reviews about the APU, only 1 where the person says it's too slow and 1 other where they said it runs at 160*F right from start up. I would guess they didn't install right, mine has been sitting at a nice 91*F with 100% load on running folding@home (readout is from Aida64 Extreme and only +/- 1 degree from what I see in BIOS). As for slow.. not even! This is a dual core (from what I'm reading) and it easily performs 3 or 4 times faster than a quad core Intel i5 we have.

 

Doing a bit of research I'm seeing a few options for possible upgrades, but seeing reviews that say Linux won't run or even boot from some of these APUs.

Specifically this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113359 -- this would be a sweet APU!!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/SingleProductReview.aspx?reviewid=4034290

 

Would that leave me stuck to run Windows?

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You are going by a 1 year old review to determine whether or not something has Linux support?

 

Considering there have been numerous kernel releases, several xorg updates, mesa updates, catalyst updates, and numerous driver releases since that time, I am guessing you didn't look into all that well.

 

In all honesty I have not found much hardware, real hardware, not usb crap that does not have linux support.

 

Phronix has it working as of more than a year ago. So I am of the opinion it does indeed work, boot, and function.

 

That said if a person doesn't have at least rudimentary Linux knowledge than I would avoid anything that may require terminal work to get a apu, gpu or any other display device working.Stick with the point and click stuff ;)

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Anyone running Linux on an AMD APU rig?

HP Pavilion G6-2248CA The Pavilion G6-2248CA comes with an AMD A4-4300M processor with integrated AMD Radeon HD 7420G graphics.

Running Kubuntu 14

Video is from my PC.

 

 

 

The best way to test a distro is to live boot it.

 

Download a Distro, Burn the downloaded ISO to CD or DVD or even USB with unetbootin, Now the tricky bit, You may need to reset your BIOS to boot from CD DVD or USB.

 

How to use unetbootin.

Video is my work.

http://youtu.be/V8HgWh_eDS4

 

How to burn an ISO to CD or DVD with Windows 7 and up.

Notice: This applies only to Windows 7 and Windows 8, earlier versions do not have this.

 

1. Place a blank CD or DVD in the tray of your optical drive and close the tray.

 

2. After you have downloaded the ISO image you want to burn right click on the Start orb, then choose Windows Explorer.

 

3. When Explorer opens click on Downloads in the left pane. Scroll down till you find the ISO file you want and double click on it. Click on Burn Disk Image.

 

4. In the image below you will see Disk burner:, this should be set to the optical drive you want to use. Click on Verify disc after burning if you want to Windows to verity the disc image after burn. Click on burn.

 

burndiskimage1_zpsb502b181.png

 

5. In the image below you can see that the green progress bar, when the image is finished burning the bar will be filled.

 

burndiskimage2_zps17a9d6ff.png

 

6. After the image has completed being burned click on Close.

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You are going by a 1 year old review to determine whether or not something has Linux support?

 

Considering there have been numerous kernel releases, several xorg updates, mesa updates, catalyst updates, and numerous driver releases since that time, I am guessing you didn't look into all that well.

 

In all honesty I have not found much hardware, real hardware, not usb crap that does not have linux support.

 

Phronix has it working as of more than a year ago. So I am of the opinion it does indeed work, boot, and function.

 

That said if a person doesn't have at least rudimentary Linux knowledge than I would avoid anything that may require terminal work to get a apu, gpu or any other display device working.Stick with the point and click stuff ;)

I didn't even notice the date of the review, kinda just assumed it was more recent since the hardware is fairly recent. (Not like I would really know what is truely "recent" since until just a month ago I was still using socket 478 P4 and DDR400 since it's about all I can afford.)

 

I agree 100% with you on the usb issues, that seems to be where I usually do run into problems more than anything.

 

Actually, the most trouble I've ever had out of running Linux so far is getting wi-fi to work. Never have any issues with the device being detected, just getting it to connect and stay connected with good throughput. The only reason I even bother to use wi-fi is because it's all I'm allowed to use for an internet connection. Now days, apartments are offered with wi-fi but never any mention of being able to connect via cable, DSL or what ever. Seems that is only an option if you're lucky enough to own your own home (which most likely I'll never be able to since there's no such thing as a good paying job any more).

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