I recently acquired one of the very very nice shuttle small form factor PCs – the Shuttle XPC SG33G5. This is one of their mid-range boxes, and I spec’d it out the following:
Chipset (Standard): Intel G33
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz
RAM: 2x 1Gb OCZ Ram
HDD: Western Digital Raptop WD1500
I installed my (legal) copy of Windows XP on it, and with the driver CD that came with the box I was up and running in less than an hour (fast hard drive!). The little box is responsive, fast, and runs fairly quite. I was very happy with my $600 investment!
This was all about to change when I popped in the current Ubuntu CD… To make a long story short, every kernel, distro version and boot flag I tried failed miserably.
I finally came up with something of a solution. A combination of the latest kernel, the correct boot flags and the correct bios settings are needed. They are as follows:
Distribution: Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 3
BIOS Settings (From http://gentoo-wiki.com/HARDWARE_Inte…d_Q33_Chipsets)
SATA = AHCI Native Mode
AHCI = On
processor = Native Mode
acpi=off noacpi nolacpi pci=conf1
This got me into the LiveCD fine. I’m still having some issues once I try to run GNOME after my install completed, but at least its a lot further down the line than no kernel at all! I’ll post more as I hack it.