Ubuntu on Shuttle XPC SG33G5 (Intel G33 chipset)

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
Kernel: 2.6.24

BIOS Settings (From http://gentoo-wiki.com/HARDWARE_Inte…d_Q33_Chipsets)
SATA = AHCI Native Mode
processor = Native Mode

Boot Options:
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.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I have the same system and also hit the same problem but found the fix (same as yours). Set the SATA ports to AHCI and native mode and ubuntu 7.10 and mythbuntu 7.10 boht work fine with out any different boot options. The correct graphics drivers don’t seem to be installed so you have to select the intel experimental drivers. I’m still working on perfecting that part for best screen resolution.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have the same system as well,
    I’ve installed LinuxMCE 710 (KDE).
    Had the same problem with the SATA ports had to switch to AHCI.

    I’m interested in the graphics drivers do you know how to switch to the ‘experimental’ intel drivers?

  3. Niels Joubert says:

    I switched to the NVidia drivers for my card by enabling proprietary drivers in Ubuntu. BTW 8.10 solved most of my issues, including running OSX as part of my triple boot systems.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Regarding my SG33G5 and Debian (stable version downloaded min Jan2009 – whatever that is). I found

    > SATA = AHCI Native Mode

    Not useful but leaving as IDE mode and "enabled" legacy support.

    Worked like a charm for me.