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Old 01-21-2008, 12:45 PM   #1
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Unhappy Need help finding a linux distro to suit my needs...


I've got a new Sony Vaio VGN-AR320E.

Intel Core 2 DUO processor T5500

2gb ram

NVIDIA GeForce GO7400 Notebook GPU

I'm trying to find a linux distro that supports NVIDIA. I have some experience with Linux but not a whole lot. I've tried Ubuntu but it seemed to be a pain to get my graphics driver installed. Also, I use a wifi LAN network to connect to the internet and Ubuntu couldn't install a driver for that... so i coulndn't pull a driver for that either.

Does anyone know of a linux distro that at leat supports nvidia?

I've got Windows VISTA but I would like something a little more "open" as a secondary / primary (if it works out) OS to utilize for everyday tasks.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give...

--thunder01
 
Old 01-21-2008, 12:48 PM   #2
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What version of Ubuntu? I am using 7.10 Gusty Gibbon and its extremely easy to install non-free drivers.
 
Old 01-21-2008, 01:02 PM   #3
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Welcome to GNU/Linux

Hi!

It is great to have another user interested in GNU/Linux. I also have a SONY VAIO laptop, but my graphics card is Intel.
I think all the distros support Nvidia cards, you just have to install the driver.
I use Fedora 7 and it works great in my laptop. I installed it from a Live-Cd and I didn't have problems with my wifi driver, but a few days ago I installed it from a DVD and now I have problems with the driver. And this problems are worst in Fedora 8, that is why I am still in Fedora 7.
Why don't you give Fedora 7 a try? (remember, use the live-cd).
 
Old 01-21-2008, 01:24 PM   #4
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As stated all distros support the proprietary nvidia drivers, there's no reason whey they shouldn't. The trick is installing it properly. Whatever distro you choose look for a detailed HOWTO on installing the drivers, that may help. I know Ubuntu has plenty.
 
Old 01-21-2008, 03:05 PM   #5
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Hi,


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Originally Posted by thunder01 View Post
I've got a new Sony Vaio VGN-AR320E.
Intel Core 2 DUO processor T5500
2gb ram
NVIDIA GeForce GO7400 Notebook GPU

I'm trying to find a linux distro that supports NVIDIA. I have some experience with Linux but not a whole lot. I've tried Ubuntu but it seemed to be a pain to get my graphics driver installed. Also, I use a wifi LAN network to connect to the internet and Ubuntu couldn't install a driver for that... so i coulndn't pull a driver for that either.

Does anyone know of a linux distro that at leat supports nvidia?

I've got Windows VISTA but I would like something a little more "open" as a secondary / primary (if it works out) OS to utilize for everyday tasks.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give...

--thunder01
You could try some LiveCDs too see which distribution(s) is right for you.

You should look at the 'BackTrack v2.0 and MS Vista, Create Dual Boot Guide' as a good general install of your Linux with Vista. The guide is for Backtrack but applicable for any LInux.

You could look at the LQ ISO section to download a distribution of choice.
 
  


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