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Old 03-06-2009, 11:25 AM   #1
michaa808
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asking for recommended distro !!


hey all im a long time pc user and a linux newbie!!
ive tryed few distros and i leave them after a while for many various reason
mainly my vista is still responding better
the problem is not the distro .. probably the compatability to my pc
i have a gigabyte w468n laptop
they seem to identify my graphic card
but the frame rate is just aweful
youtube videos at high quality are running bad
i havent even tryed hevier stuff
i would like to get some recomendations to some distros
that give me a raedy out of the box good experience

until now i have tryed only ubuntu xubuntu and mandriva one
ive liked mandriva but it has real bad fps at simple tasks
and its not the 64 bit version!! so i didnt try the 64 version yet

if anybody has the time or knows a version that might fit ill aprciate the help and recomendation!!
thnx all
 
Old 03-06-2009, 02:06 PM   #2
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32-/64-bit versions won't help you here, I'm afraid -- they don't usually make a big difference in situations like this, which sound like it's about having proper drivers set up. Neither does "distro-hopping" which you're doing: picking one, trying it out, throwing it away, moving on, ... Instead of getting rid of every distribution because something (perhaps small) doesn't work, find one that you like in general, then simply fix the thing that won't work. There is no "best" or "recommended" distribution, as it's up to you to decide which one suits you best -- Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, SuSE etc. "big names" usually have the best out-of-box hardware support for a variety of parts, but that doesn't guarantee they work with everything. And it doesn't mean you face a wall: it could be as simple as 1) getting a proper driver for your graphics card (for example) and 2) installing it (installing a binary package, compiling the driver or something else). Or it could be a configuration problem, if the "automagic" won't work for some reason..

Search the forums here for answers to your specific problems (i.e. video lagging, direct rendering not enabled, how to install drivers for your hardware X, ...) and work them out. If you can't find an answer, create a (separate) new thread for the problem and ask -- general questions like "how to get everything working out of the box?" are hard or impossible to answer, so don't expect too much on them..try asking specific questions, like "installing nVidia graphics drivers fails with this message: xxxxxx, what's the problem?".

My best guess, based on that information, is that your system is not using the proper drivers for your hardware -- probably graphics card drivers, if you feel your video is lagging. If you tried Ubuntu, did you check the Restricted Drivers Manager tool, did it say it could install proprietary drivers for you automatically (it will, if you have hardware for which there are drivers available in Ubuntu's reposities; proprietary drivers aren't usually enabled by default)? Did you try running (for example) glxgears to see how smoothly they run? Or is the whole system "slow", i.e. takes minutes to log in, switch consoles (CTRL+ALT+Fn), open directories (with your graphical file manager) etc.?

Try to give more information if you can, to make it easier to answer -- hopefully you'll find what you're looking for soon
 
Old 03-06-2009, 03:58 PM   #3
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a respin of fedora 10 might do it , although i don't have a laptop at this time . the official install dvd has some problems but if you grab the respin ( up to date as of feb. 10, 2009 )

from http://fedoraunity.org/
and get the torrent
http://spins.fedoraunity.org/unity/t...090210-re-spin
and for help setting up mobile
http://fedoramobile.org/
 
Old 03-06-2009, 04:28 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by michaa808 View Post
hey all im a long time pc user and a linux newbie!!
ive tryed few distros and i leave them after a while for many various reason
mainly my vista is still responding better
the problem is not the distro .. probably the compatability to my pc
i have a gigabyte w468n laptop
they seem to identify my graphic card
but the frame rate is just aweful
youtube videos at high quality are running bad
i havent even tryed hevier stuff
i would like to get some recomendations to some distros
that give me a raedy out of the box good experience
I'd rather advice you to actually identify and fix your problem, rather than going around testing 100 thousand distros. This problem that you describe sounds like you don't have installed the right drivers for your video card. I am not familiar with that laptop, but definitely anything that qualifies to run vista should run ANY linux like a breeze.

Let's assume it: if you are going to use a new OS you are going to have to learn at least the basics. Windows would perform equally bad if you don't install the accelerated graphics drivers, and you don't have a problem to download them or pick the cdrom and install them. In linux it's the same.

And, besides that, they cannot be preinstalled in linux for the same reason they aren't preinstalled in windows: their license doesn't permit that.
 
Old 03-08-2009, 10:37 AM   #5
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thnx all for trying to help ..
im currecntly trying opensuse11.1 ill give it a try and if i have more problems that i cant solve ill ask for help again !!
thnx again
 
  


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