Recently, I decided to turn my HP m7557c computer (motherboard: A8M2N-LA / NodusM-GL8E) to an Unix server. The nightmare began. After trying nearly 10 different operating systems and distributions, I found that only very few of them worked with A8M2N-LA / NodusM-GL8E. I think it is worth to share my experience with this beast – an experiment result that took more than 100 hours.
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. -- Thomas A. Edison
Comment: Installation went well, but the system was very unstable due to kernel panic. This mother board may not compatible with the newer Linux kernel.
Comment: Does not support USB keyword, i.e., can’t start the installation.
Comment: Stable, however the harddrives are very unstable. Sometimes the system complains about the harddrive. See the full story here.
Comment: Very stable. No problem found so far.
OS X 10.4
Comment: Installation failed.
OS X 10.5.8
Comment: Installation completed, but very unstable. The system reboots itself.
OS X 10.6
Comment: Installation failed
Status: Yes, stable.
Comment: If install directly from the disk, the system will not boot. The only possible way is to upgrade from an earlier version. See Ubuntu 10.04 – Can’t boot / Can’t install for details.
Comment: Cannot even load the installation disk.
Hope my experience is helpful to you.