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I am looking for a good linux distro that will work out of the box on at least one of my 6 machines, so far I have tried mint/ubuntu/debian/puppy all without success due to either wireless/sound or display problems
anyone have any recomendations?
(my hardware ranges from a 700mhz amd duron up to a athlon quad core)
As post by citi you need to atleast let us know what the hardware specs are on the machines.
Also like windows you may have to add drivers that aren't included on the installation cd/dvd.
Also some of the drivers may have to be added from different repositories.
As for that 700mhz processor I have debian running on a 500mhz. pentium 2 slot processor.
As for the soundcard on that machine it was cs46xx whjch had to be compiled.
The machines with the video problems are both nvidia (latest Nvidia 290.10 driver installed by me), with ubuntu and mint the boot menus are just a black screen (so I have to guess the entry) and I cannot find any way to alter the boot screen resolution (the monitor is saying out of range).
with debian it puts a black screen (out of range) instead of the desktop and there does not appear to be a way to drop to the command line to try and alter things.
the sound issues are mainly on a amd c50 laptop, (but they are well known for sound problems)
unless it's less than a 3year old machine
I doubt your going to find a distro that dose not need to be configured to get every thing working
there is freedom software in that you can do pretty much any thing you want to with it
the truth is there is no free software as in free beer you have to learn how to use it that tacks work this is the way you pay for open source software
so pick one machine that comes close to working
find out what the problems are the come back here tell us about the problems in as much detail as you can and we will help you solve them
this is how you start learning linux
way too much detail is better than not enough when it comes to us helping you
may be even another
at about the 4th machine you should be able to google around and start helping other people
Just keep trying. Fedora seems to have a good set of recent drivers. OpenSuse has worked for me on laptops, when others would not. Sometimes it works to do the installation using text-mode, and then once the distro is installed, the proper drivers for video are available to the installed system.