I got an old laptop from my dad-in-law: it's a Compaq 1714ea, pentium III-1 GHz, 256 MB Ram, 20 GB HD.
It was configured with win xp and a wireless pcmcia card from sitecom wl-170. This configuration worked, but I wanted to make this a complete linux computer. I used to work with SuSe 8.0 a few years ago, which installed nicely but had no wireless support whatsoever. So I downloaded a few distros and tried them. My experiences so far:
Fedora 7: sees the wireless card but identifies it as an ethernet instead of a wireless card.
Mandriva 2007 spring: the card is automatically installed and worked fine, only thing was that the computer crashed frequently. Some other forum said it could be KDE, but I couldnt find a Gnome version of Mandriva yet.
Sabayon 3.5: only text version would install
SuSE 10 Enterprise: most stable of them all, so I would like wireless to work with this one.
Anyone suggestions, ideas how to get wireless to work ?