Originally Posted by take2hikes
I'm wanting to put Linux on my laptop or at least dual boot with Win 7. I recently put Slackware on my old desktop that I'm using as a seedbox and really like it so far.
A few years ago I was using linux as my main OS and I remember having more than a few difficulties when it came to laptops. I'm currently using an HP Envy 15 with the following specs:
- i7 720QM processor
- 8GB of RAM
- 1GB ATI Radeon 5830
- 320GB Dual Solid State Drives (SSD 160GB + SSD 160GB)
- 1920x1080 display
- Wireless and Bluetooth are Intel, so I don't see a problem there
My question is whether or not there is a distribution that is better suited for this hardware and/or if there are some known issues that I may run into and possible fixes.
I'm no expert about Linux on laptops, but I've put Slackware on two different laptops and my Core i7 desktop with an ATI Radeon 4850 adapter.
The biggest problem that I've had is getting the proprietary ATI drivers to work with current versions of the Linux kernel. I have only managed that with 32-bit Linux so far. I recommend that you stick with 32-bit Linux (it can see all 8GB of your RAM if you buld the kernel to support that).
If you're familiar with Slackware and like it then I'd recommend sticking with the same distro. If you have problems with specific hardware there is no guarantee that a different distro will be any better.
The two biggest problems that I've had on laptops are the audio and the wireless. You can usually get the audio to work somewhat, but it might not correctly support all the different microphones and inputs. Wireless sometimes doesn't support the on/off switch or indicator light of a laptop but there are drivers for most chips.
Since the Core i7 gets quite toasty you will also want to get the correct power management drivers and software to control the fans and measure the temperature.
The Slackware users and contributors have always been helpful when I've had problems including for my laptops.