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Well hey there guys. My interest in Linux has been re-kindled and im willing to give it a second go. The last time I tried it caused no end of problems for me and I nearly went nutters.

Now I need to know the following before I consider moving over to it or atleast learning it.

1. What Linux Distro overall has the best compatiblity with hardware...such as mine as im afraid compatibility simply is a MUST. G-card...Audio...you name it.

2.This sounds noob however...Will Most games run under Linux these days such as BF2/CS:S ?

3. I have Windows Vista currently installed on my IDE drive. I wish to install Linux on my SATA. Now if I do so will I be presented with a boot screen so I can select which OS I can boot into at every boot up as I would be using Linux while others will be using Vista. I must be able to switch !

4. When I FORMAT my SATA drive it will definately leave my IDE ( Vista ) Drive alone yes ? Last time I installed linux and specified that I wanted it to only install on the SATA drive for some reason it took the liberty of destroying windows....I wasnt best pleased.

I will soon have Suse 10.2. Is it a good enough Linux for my needs or can you reccomend something better ?

Thanks much appreciated. Sorry its indepth but I have to be sure of these things as I dont want to waste my time TBH.

* Edit *

Bummer just noticed it seems Linux does not yet support X-fi from what I can see.
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1. X-Fi and ATI is a no-no in Linux. ATI has drivers for Linux but they are spotty at best. Nvidia is the way to go right now with Linux. You can try it to see how well it works though.

2. Mainstream games don't support Linux natively, besides the upcoming UT3. You can probably get the games mentioned to run under WINE.

3. Yes, Linux will install a loader to choose which OS.

4. It will leave the other drive alone, I've never had a problem. You might want to disconnect it to be safe.

Best bet is to get Ubuntu and run it as a live CD just to see if it works from the get go.
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Darn it I was afraid of this. I like Linux because of its lack of resource hogging lol but my only issue is hardware support.

I may have to wait until theres better support for my hardware then I guess. Anymore opinions are greatly appreciated !

Cheers
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1. X-Fi and ATI is a no-no in Linux. ATI has drivers for Linux but they are spotty at best. Nvidia is the way to go right now with Linux. You can try it to see how well it works though.
I have ATi and I have been 24/7 gaming on linux for well over a month or two now. Do not be afraid of the ATi Linux Drivers any more, it has become only a myth that they are horrible. They aren't as good as the windows drivers by a long shot but they work just fine. I play CS:S, DOD:S, and Guild Wars and such. Everything I have thrown at it worked very well.
    
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I have ATi and I have been 24/7 gaming on linux for well over a month or two now. Do not be afraid of the ATi Linux Drivers any more, it has become only a myth that they are horrible. They aren't as good as the windows drivers by a long shot but they work just fine. I play CS:S, DOD:S, and Guild Wars and such. Everything I have thrown at it worked very well.
You also have an x850. They still don't come close to nvidias. The best is just to try and see for yourself how well it works.
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You also have an x850. They still don't come close to nvidias. The best is just to try and see for yourself how well it works.
The x1800GTO works just fine according to benchmarks and reviews from Phoronix. But it isn't as good as windows but it will work fine and 3d will run as good as my x850. And I know that they do not come close to nvidias. That is a well-known fact but the ATi drivers are good at most and getting better very quickly.
    
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My X1950XT won't even boot into graphical mode.
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My X1950XT won't even boot into graphical mode.
What distro/drivers?
    
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I had a multi-install, it annoyed me as I had installed Mandriva after XP, so it booted directly into linux if i wasn't there to select it.
If you ever need help go ask on the distributions forum, if you don't get any answers here. I should have, as I didn't get as far as installing any hardware drivers.
Also, if you want to be shure, you can pre-make the partitions with Norton Partition Magic. Mandriva only used a "Swap" partition (I think 1Gb was enough for me, I could be mistaken) and an "ex3" partition of a decent size for the OS.
You'd have to get some answers from a real enthusiast, you need patience too.
*Edit* as for games there's a client called Cedega by Transgaming which basically imports Windows games to a Linux platform, you have to pay a subscription.
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ummm...just about everyone I've tried. Ubuntu 7.04, Gentoo, Fedora... It's whatever drivers are on the CD.

I seem to be hijacking the thread now....sorry!
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