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Old 10-06-2004, 04:04 PM   #1
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Installing Linux on a Dell Celeron laptop


Hi Guys,
I would like to install Linux on a Dell laptop with Celereon processor. The machine currently has WinXP home edition loaded.

What needs to be done to install Linux ? Which would be the best Linux distro for doing so ?

Pls. advice.

Thanks
linbie
 
Old 10-06-2004, 06:25 PM   #2
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I've successfully installed RedHat 9 on a Dell laptop, don't recall if it was a Celeron. So Fedora Core 2 should work on your laptop. You may find that you have a small funny partition at the beginning of your drive. I left that well alone. This means you have only three partitions to play with (unless you want to have logical ones, which wouldn't cause any problems).

My suggestion for a 40GB drive:
Shrink your Windows system partition to about 10GB (use PartitionMagic, works a treat, is well worth the money!)
Make an FAT32 partition as your third partition (assuming you have a funny first partition, as above), reserve at least 12GB for Linux.
Move stuff from your windows home folder to the FAT32 partition. Resize system partition again if you had lots of stuff in your home folder.
Either make three logical partitions in the remaining space for Linux (suggested is /boot 200MB ext2. / (root) 4GB ext3 and /usr 8GB (or more if you have it) ext3), or a single primary partition, ext3.

HTH,

Samsara

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Old 10-07-2004, 11:51 AM   #3
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installing linux on celeron based laptop

Thanks Samsara for your prompt response.

What do you think about the Linux distro. I am thinking about Debian or SuSe. Which distro you think is the best of em all for laptop installation.


Thanks again.

-linbie

Last edited by linbie; 10-07-2004 at 11:54 AM.
 
Old 10-07-2004, 09:35 PM   #4
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I actually just purchased a dell inspiron 1000 and am currently configuring Slackware with it. Everything is up and running fine but if you are new to linux, I wouldn't recommend Slackware first, unless your like me and don't mind getting into trouble, problems, frustration, challenge, etc.... With this laptop Fedora Core 2 wasn't able to probe my monitor properly. I actually don't have the funny partition Samsara was speaking of and I just went ahead and created a 750 MB swap and the rest of the hard drive was/is dedicated to / (root). Some are against this, but I don't feel I could properly predict how much space I am going to need. I actually would have to fill up /home with multimedia and delete whenever I need more space. I got Mandrake 10 on there with a breeze. This is supposed to be a good distro for beginners, which the install process only supports that. Do some research, decide what you want out of your system, and configure.make.install your way to the ultimate OS. Welcome.
 
Old 10-10-2004, 10:56 AM   #5
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Thank you dns21.

Of Debian and Mandrake which is better ?

Any suggestions ?

-linbie
 
Old 03-20-2005, 10:37 PM   #6
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Hey dns21,
Did you get the wireless to work for you? I have the dell1350 wireless that came with the laptop. I can't get it to work. I tried using ndiswrapper and it didn't work.
I think I have the same laptop as you. I have the inspiron 1000 with the dell 1350 wireless. I'm running the Mandrake 10.2 Beta at the moment.

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks Charlie
 
Old 03-21-2005, 08:10 AM   #7
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to get the wireless to work, refer to

www.enimation.com/debain.html and take a look at the wireless documentation that i wrote with ndiswrapper... if you're using debian based then DO NOT do apt-get install ndiswrapper... for me it didn't work,... download and compile the source to make your own module... then you can download the latest dell driver for your wireless card and use the *a.inf file and not the other one. I have a dell xps and got it working with the 1450 a/b/g card. i haven't tried btooth and wep doesn't work on it, but everything else is flawless =)~
 
Old 03-21-2005, 09:56 AM   #8
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I have a Dell 1150 Celereon 2.6G with the Dell 1350 wireless. (I get a full 54MB transfer rate) I installed Mandrake 10.1 with no problem. I loaded the ndiswrapper without a hitch. I copied all of the Xinxp to my main machine first. Loaded Mandrake. Did a FULL update. and the loaded the ndiswrapper (the default uses an old out-of date version) from the copied winXP. The only problem at the moment is I can't upgrade the kernel to the 2.6.11 series I lose the keyboard & touch-pad.
This laptop is much faster under Linux than it was under XP.
 
Old 03-22-2005, 03:45 AM   #9
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Hey courtrrb,
I have a dell inspiron 1000 with the dell 1350 wireless nic.
I can't seem to get mine working on Mandrake 10.2 beta.

I had to install 10.2 because the other release gave my screen a bad flickering .

My email address is charlescpc@bellsouth.net. I would appreciate any help getting my wireless up.

I have the 10.1 Official for Mandrake and would be willing to reload any of these in order to get my wireless working.

Also, how did you solve the problem of the screen flickering ? I even tried serveral different distros and they all did the same except Mandrake 10.2 beta. I tried suse and several others.
 
Old 03-22-2005, 08:06 AM   #10
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I don't have any flickering. It might have to with I have the inspiron 1150. I copied all of the WinXp file to my main system for a complete backup. At first I tried the 10.2 but no keyboard or touch pad would work because of a kernel problem. So I put the MDk10.1 dvd in & did a full load. I put all updates in (You have to do the updates do to an out-of-date ndiswrapper). I then followed the instruction on
http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/p...p/Installation
to the letter and every thing works fine. I have since tried 10.2 on a desktop with a wireless network card but that card is supported my MDK 10.1 & 10.2 but I don't seam to be able to get it to work under 10.1 or 10.2 with or without ndiswrapper.
 
Old 03-23-2005, 05:22 AM   #11
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I think I'm there now.......

I think I've got it working now. Or at least so much closer. The network card lights up now that's a first.
I'm a work and don't have any way to test it , but I think I have got it.

The way I got it to work, after so many failures, was to drop back from Mandrake 10.2 beta to 10.1 Official.

I then went into Mandrake control center and downloaded all the patches and updates. Ndiswrapper was an update it downloaded. It loaded ndiswrapper itself.

I then just had to do the ndiswrapper -i path/bcwml5.inf (or whatever it was).

Then I did the modprobe ndiswrapper.

then the iwconfigs to set up encryption and essid.

When everything is set right it works rather good.

I don't know whether it was the kernel version or the version of ndiswrapper I was using but it should be working now...

ANyway, I can't wait to get home to test it. If I can get it automated I might be able to say goodbye to Micro$oft
8*)
 
Old 03-23-2005, 07:10 AM   #12
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YEA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It worked great now. I'm surfing wireless now.
 
Old 03-23-2005, 07:15 AM   #13
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I know have my dell inspiron 1150 working with 10.2RC1 with no problems
 
  


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