onboard video problem
Compaq Presario SR1033WM has onboard Intel 845G video and I can install Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, Knoppix) onto the machine as is.
BIOS only allows selection of primary video - ONBOARD or PCI - no disable and no BIOS update available
When I try PCI with nVidia or any other video card to install - I get errors installing Linux
Install with ONBOARD then tried to reconfigure xorg and then switching to PCI/nVidia - failed
Tried most boot options acpi=off noapic nolapic pci=noacpi irqpoll notsc no_timer_check clock=pmtmr
Always errors out with smp_apic_
The problem is in the video card module being setup by /dev during boot - it sets up the Intel 845G even when PCI is selected
If I select ONBOARD with the nVidia card setup - I get the boot up till Login on the Intel then it goes to the nVidia but back to the Intel at Shutdown
Very not cool - can't tell when it is done and don't want seperate monitors hooked up
I had no problem with Windows setup on this machine.
I am willing to troubleshoot or test any options you might have.
I was hardware repairman for 12 years and know some programming stuff ( Visual Basic, PHP, etc...)
Feel free to suggest or point me in the right direction as I have several of these machines along with other video cards and PCs