This is my first attempt at Linux and I know nothing much about it but willing to give it a try.
Am running a virtual machine within x64 vista/Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 is my first choice option, although I could try VM/x32 on XP Home or XP Pro.
I have a Athlon x64 machine running Vista Ultimate (2Gb).
I have tried installing 'Fedora x86_x64' but Virtual PC tells me it cannot run a 'x86_x64' kernel as it is only being offered a 'i1586' (whatever that is) kernel. This rather puzzles me as I would have thought my x64 processor would run this version of Fedora. Maybe it is a failing in Virtual PC?
Then I tried i386 Fedora and it runs for a second or two then freezes. Copy and Paste does not seem to work externally to the VM (presumably it is not supposed too). So the last two lines which I have typed manually are :-
pnp: 00:0c: ioport range 0x440-0x44f has been reserved
pnp: 00:0c: iomem range 0x0-0x0 could not be reserved
I have run this several times and have lowered the VM memory allocation to 128 MB starting with 1024 - all with the same result.
Looking for any ideas as I am really stuck.