Need to know if ubuntu works with Gateway GM 5472 desktop

Asked by dumpa

I'm about to buy a new desktop computer and I want to put ubuntu on it.
I found this refurbished Gateway GM 5472 and would like to know if Ubuntu is compatible with all of its components

It is a Gateway GM5472 Refurbished AMD Desktop Computer - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2.6GHz (Dual-Core), 2GB DDR2, 500GB SATA II HDD, DVD±RW Dual-Layer, Flash Media Reader, TV Tuner, NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE graphics and 7.1 channel High Definition sound.

Has someone installed it before?

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dumpa (dumpita) said :

here is a bit more info,

 Platform: PC
 Orientations Allowed: Vertical
 Form Factor: Tower
 Bays: 2 - 5.25" Drive Bays
    1 - 3.5" Drive Bays
 Internal Bays: 2 - 3.5" Drive Bays
 Available 3.5" Drive Bays: 1
 Available 5.25" Drive Bays: 1
 PCI Slots (Total): 2
 PCI Slots (Available): 1
 PCI Express X1 Slots (Total): 1
 PCI Express X1 Slots (Available): 0
 PCI Express X16 Slots (Total): 1
 PCI Express X16 Slots (Available): 1
 PCI Express Slots (Total): 2
 PCI Express Slots (Available): 1
 Expansion Slots: 4
 PS/2 Keyboard Connectors: 1
 PS/2 Mouse Connectors: 1
 Serial Communication Ports: 1
 Parallel Ports: 1
 USB Ports: 6
 FireWire Ports: 2
 LAN Ports: 1
 Audio Out Jacks: 2
 Line In Jacks: 1
 Microphone Jacks: 2
 VGA Ports: 1
 S-Video Connectors: 1
 Coaxial Connectors: 2
 Processor Brand: AMD
 Processor Class: Athlon 64 X2
 Processor Number: 5000
 Processor Speed: 2.60GHz
 Processor Interface: AM2
 Processors Supported: 1
 Processors Onboard: 1
 Additional Technologies: HyperTransport Technology
    Dual-Core Technology
 Memory Type: Dual Channel
 Memory Size: 1GB
 Total Memory: 2.0GB
 Memory Speed: DDR2 533 (PC2-4200)
 Memory Slots (Total): 4
 Memory Slots (Available): 2
 Maximum Memory Supported: 4.0GB
 Interface: SATA II
 Capacity: 500GB
 Speed: 7,200RPM
 Optical Drive Type: DVD±RW Dual Layer
 Interface: EIDE
 Type: Media Reader
 Capacity: 15-in-1
 Media Types: Compact Flash
    Memory Stick
    Multimedia Card
    Memory Stick PRO
 Audio Description: Integrated Audio
 Audio Chipset: High Definition
 Channels: 7.1
 Graphics Description: Integrated Graphics
 GPU/VPU: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE
 Video Memory: up to 128MB Shared Memory
 Video Interface: VGA (15-Pin D-Sub)
 Graphics Description: NTSC/ATSC
    PCI Express TV Tuner
  GPU/VPU: Avermedia M791
 Video Interface: S-Video
           Stereo Audio
    Coaxial TV
    Coaxial ATSC
 Communications Description: Integrated LAN Support
 Interface Type: RJ-45 - Ethernet Connector
 Data Transfer Rate: 10Mbps
 Communications Description: 56Kbps PCI Modem
 Interface Type: RJ-11 - Phone Connector
 Data Transfer Rate: up to 56Kbps
 Power: 300 Watt
 Mouse Type: Optical
 Buttons: 3
 Scrolling Capability: Vertical
 Connection Type: USB
 Keyboard Type: Multimedia
 Connection Type: USB
 Front Speakers: 2
 Height: 15.5"
 Width: 7.25"
 Depth: 16.5"

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Harvey Muller (hlmuller) said :


Your model is not listed here:

It is also not listed here:

And googling for your model, and the keyword linux, does not provide any helpful links.

I would assume, based on the above, that support from users with the same laptop is relatively scarce. I would also assume that any hardware quirks related specifically to the laptop are generally not known.

Based on the components of the laptop you have listed, I would hazard a guess that linux, including Ubuntu can be installed. But I would be prepared to resolve potential issues that may be specific to the design of the laptop.

Please report back here and indicate if this Solves your question, or if you require further information.



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dumpa (dumpita) said :

Thanks Harvey but it is not a laptop it is a desktop.
Is there a similar list for desktops?

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Harvey Muller (hlmuller) said :


I apologize for misreading your question. It clearly stated desktop twice.

I am not aware of similar lists for desktops. But the lack of usable links provided by a google search indicates to me that the specific desktop you are looking at is not used in large numbers with linux of any type. Otherwise installation reports would be readily found.

I believe my hazardous guess above still applies, just replace the word 'laptop' with 'desktop'.



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dumpa (dumpita) said :

Thanks Harvey.
I was going to buy it because it is cheap, now I'm going to look a bit more before buying a desktop.
any recommendations?

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Harvey Muller (hlmuller) said :


You are welcome.

I saved a bundle on my last laptop purchase from the Dell Outlet. The best pricing are obviously the refurbished and scratch and dent. I took a chance on a scratch and dent, and made out like a bandit. The scratch was merely cosmetic, on the case.

If you don't mind refurbished then I would give Dell a look. I haven't checked the pricing on your model, so cannot compare.

Best regards,