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Linux and the MSI-7265, the final straw

I’ve written before before on my battles with Linux and Core 2 Duos. After waiting a long time for Feisty to get closer to a release state I loaded up Feisty (after some initial install pains. The alternate install CD recognizes enough to install but the desktop version doesn’t and requires a USB CD-ROM or something)… I hit the final straw my efforts to get to my ORIGINAL plan months ago of working with virtualization on Linux.

$ sudo modprobe kvm-intel
FATAL: Error inserting kvm_intel (/lib/modules/2.6.20-14-generic/kernel/drivers/kvm/kvm-intel.ko): Operation not supported
$ dmesg | tail -n 2
[ 176.258182] kvm: disabled by bios
[ 1198.635777] kvm: disabled by bios

For the record I have:

  1. A 2.6.20 based linux kernel that DEFINITELY supports kvm (Pending hardware)
  2. Definitely a CPU that supports extensions
  3. Enabled VT extensions in the BIOS

What the hell? I can only surmise it’s this stupid MSI-7265 motherboard that I’ve been trying to live with for the past X months. In my past post I read in a review it is a no-frills motherboard that is ‘lean and mean’. Well I’ve about had it with ‘lean and mean’. Give me a stupid motherboard that isn’t brain damaged in the BIOS. I’m going to start shopping for less sucktactular alternatives. If anyone has recommendations I’m more than happy to hear any.

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