I am really trying to install Ubuntu in my desktop, the problem: I has very old technology.

My motherboard is an: ASRock - N68C-GS4 FX.

8GB of RAM

AMD Radeon HD 5800 video card.

I am pretty sure I have enough power to use Ubuntu, but the drivers are so old they are not included in Ubuntu 18.4

I really want to use it, so Where can I get the right drivers for my PC?

This is what I got with sudo lshw -short:

H/W path              Device      Class       Description
                                  system      To Be Filled By O.E.M. (To Be Fill
/0                                bus         N68C-GS4 FX
/0/0                              memory      64KiB BIOS
/0/3                              processor   AMD FX(tm)-6300 Six-Core Processor
/0/3/5                            memory      288KiB L1 cache
/0/3/6                            memory      6MiB L2 cache
/0/3/7                            memory      8MiB L3 cache
/0/4                              memory      8GiB System Memory
/0/4/0                            memory      8GiB DIMM Synchronous 1066 MHz (0.
/0/4/1                            memory      [empty]
/0/7                              memory      RAM memory
/0/1                              bridge      MCP61 LPC Bridge
/0/1.1                            bus         MCP61 SMBus
/0/1.2                            memory      RAM memory
/0/2                              bus         MCP61 USB 1.1 Controller
/0/2/1                usb2        bus         OHCI PCI host controller
/0/2.1                            bus         MCP61 USB 2.0 Controller
/0/2.1/1              usb1        bus         EHCI Host Controller
/0/2.1/1/2            scsi6       storage     USB DISK
/0/2.1/1/2/0.0.0      /dev/sdb    disk        16GB USB DISK
/0/2.1/1/2/0.0.0/0    /dev/sdb    disk        16GB 
/0/2.1/1/2/0.0.0/0/1  /dev/sdb1   volume      14GiB Windows FAT volume
/0/100                            bridge      MCP61 PCI bridge
/0/5                              multimedia  MCP61 High Definition Audio
/0/6                              storage     MCP61 IDE
/0/8                              storage     MCP61 SATA Controller
/0/8.1                            storage     MCP61 SATA Controller
/0/9                              bridge      MCP61 PCI Express bridge
/0/9/0                            display     Cypress XT [Radeon HD 5870]
/0/9/0.1                          multimedia  Cypress HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5830
/0/b                              bridge      MCP61 PCI Express bridge
/0/101                            bridge      MCP61 PCI Express bridge
/0/101/0              enp1s0      network     QCA8171 Gigabit Ethernet
/0/102                            bridge      Family 15h Processor Function 0
/0/103                            bridge      Family 15h Processor Function 1
/0/104                            bridge      Family 15h Processor Function 2
/0/105                            bridge      Family 15h Processor Function 3
/0/106                            bridge      Family 15h Processor Function 4
/0/107                            bridge      Family 15h Processor Function 5
/0/a                  scsi0       storage     
/0/a/0.0.0            /dev/sda    disk        250GB SAMSUNG HD250HJ
/0/a/0.0.0/1          /dev/sda1   volume      350MiB Windows NTFS volume
/0/a/0.0.0/2          /dev/sda2   volume      183GiB Windows NTFS volume
/0/a/0.0.0/3          /dev/sda3   volume      450MiB Windows NTFS volume
/0/a/0.0.0/4          /dev/sda4   volume      48GiB Extended partition
/0/a/0.0.0/4/5        /dev/sda5   volume      48GiB EXT4 volume
/0/c                  scsi4       storage     
/0/c/0.1.0            /dev/cdrom  disk        DVDRAM GSA-H10N

I think I should have no problems with AMD drivers... but still, in the install it just crashes when downloading them. And without them, the installation does not work correctly

Any help is much, much appreciated.

  • Which drivers in particular are you missing? Can you edit your question and include output of sudo lshw -short? Generally modules are not removed from the kernel because they are old, unless they belong to an arch that is no longer maintained, or has other problems – vidarlo Jan 25 at 19:09
  • @vidarlo the thing is I don't know! My install crashed as downloading the drivers I believe... Now I am about to install Ubuntu all over again! – John F101 Jan 25 at 19:54
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    When did it crash? What did you do before it crashed? What was showing on screen? I've had Linux running on ancient hardware, without problems. That includes computers made before the Linux kernel... – vidarlo Jan 25 at 19:57
  • HI! Thanks! The story is long, but you can check it out here: askubuntu.com/questions/1112533/problems-installing-ubuntu-18-4 (i included the sudo lshw -short output) – John F101 Jan 25 at 19:59
  • That story looks more like a hardware problem than missing drivers. Bad RAM may for instance lead to random crashes like what you expirience. – vidarlo Jan 25 at 20:00

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