Etch on Optiplex 320

Ben Prew btp at
Tue Jan 9 12:42:35 CST 2007

I would love to see the full writeup for this, if you get a chance.



Jason Ronallo wrote:
> Oh! I forgot to mention one very important detail! Do not install
> GRUB. I haven't followed up yet, but there seems to be a problem with
> GRUB. Instead back out of the GRUB installation during your Etch
> install and you get to a menu showing all the steps of a Debian
> install. Install LILO instead. LILO works.
> For the rest see my previous message below.
> --Jason
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Jason Ronallo <jronallo at>
> Date: Jan 9, 2007 10:03 AM
> Subject: Re: FW: Optiplex 320
> To: linux-desktops at
> I've been able to install Debian Etch with the RC1 installer on an
> Optiplex 320n. I'm not sure whether I had to pass the pci=nomsi boot
> parameter, but that seems reasonable. I hope to have a chance to post
> a fuller write up but here's something quick without being in front of
> that machine:
> On boot X will fail complaining that there is no kbd or mouse support.
> After the errors you get a login prompt. Installing 3 packages and
> changing one parameter in xorg.conf fixes it.
>> su
> #apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-ati xserver-xorg-input-kbd
> xserver-xorg-input-mouse
> Then in /etc/X11/xorg.conf edit the driver under ATI Radeon to be:
>    Driver         "radeon"
> Then reboot (or startx, logout of root, at gdm login as user).
> That worked for me and hope it works for someone else.  I'll be
> reinstalling Etch on an Optiplex 320 in the next few days to try a
> RAID1 configuration.
> I thought I read in another forum that Fedora Core 6 also worked on
> the Optiplex 320.
> --Jason
> _______________________________________________
> Linux-Desktops mailing list
> Linux-Desktops at
> Please read the FAQ at

More information about the Linux-Desktops mailing list