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Old 09-12-2005, 02:53 AM   #1
gwejones
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Some questions before I switch....


I want to switch to Debian Linux - mostly because I want to learn new stuff - but have a few questions that need answering:

I have a Winfast TV2000 XP Expert TV card, and have no idea what chipset it uses. Is there any way to get it and its video capture ablilites to work? I have never used Linux but I have a fair programming background, so I don't mind if it takes a little tweaking - as long as I know its possible.

When I tried to run my Ubuntu Live CD, I couldnt start it up because it prompted me for something before it started my wireless keyboard and mouse drivers. Will the Debian install process detect this hardware? Windows detects them as a 'human interface device.' I dont have a wired keyboard or mouse.

Also, I have a slow internet connection (not dialup, buts 192kbps ADSL) and am wondering if its practical for me to do the 'download while I install' option. I am connected via ethernet to a wireless AP, which is client to another AP which is wired to a DSL router with DHCP enabled. Will the installer be okay with this?

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 09-12-2005, 03:34 AM   #2
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i had what they call dsl lite i was maxing out at 216kbps but i will tell u when ever i downloaded anything it would only tranfer something like 26kbps the ubuntu breezy os 1 cd took like 8hrs give or take. so yes if u let it download over night while ur asleep than install from that when you get a min i dont see how it would hurt. as for your wireless keyboard and mouse check this out i cant remember if it says anything about that or not and its after 3am even if i read it now i wouldnt understand it but try this www.ubuntuguide.org the only debian distro ive tried is ubuntu 5.04 and 5.10. i tried installing debian sarge froma mini cd download and burn but left me at a black screen with prompt and i tried everything i could think of anf that was in "help" and nothing worked so im not really helpful with anything but ubuntu for debian sorry. if your running windows theres something called everest home when u install it if you open it it will tell you everything about everything inside your pc it will give you the make model chipset of you video card (should).
 
Old 09-12-2005, 03:34 AM   #3
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i had what they call dsl lite i was maxing out at 216kbps but i will tell u when ever i downloaded anything it would only tranfer something like 26kbps the ubuntu breezy os 1 cd took like 8hrs give or take. so yes if u let it download over night while ur asleep than install from that when you get a min i dont see how it would hurt. as for your wireless keyboard and mouse check this out i cant remember if it says anything about that or not and its after 3am even if i read it now i wouldnt understand it but try this www.ubuntuguide.org the only debian distro ive tried is ubuntu 5.04 and 5.10. i tried installing debian sarge froma mini cd download and burn but left me at a black screen with prompt and i tried everything i could think of anf that was in "help" and nothing worked so im not really helpful with anything but ubuntu for debian sorry. if your running windows theres something called everest home when u install it if you open it it will tell you everything about everything inside your pc it will give you the make model chipset of you video card (should).
 
Old 09-12-2005, 08:13 AM   #4
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Maybe I shoudnt be asking in the newbie section......
 
Old 09-12-2005, 11:53 AM   #5
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A Google search for winfast tv2000 linux shows up 121 hits, so I presume that the device is supported.

First of all, I strongly suggest that you start out with another computer to begin your foray into Linux. Leave the existing machine exactly the way it is. Or, consider purchasing another hard-disk drive and either swapping it for the one that contains XP, or putting it in as a secondary drive and plan to devote that entire drive to the Linux installation. (I've noticed that some BIOSes know how to boot from a hard-disk drive other than ID#0.)

Device-recognition and configuration, in Linux, is always going to be somewhat tricky, but if you can get Linux up once, perhaps with not-all of the devices recognized, you can work through the problem of how to set up the rest of them.
 
Old 09-12-2005, 12:21 PM   #6
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I agree that you shouldn't hose your windows, at least not starting out. Dual boot would be the way to go.

As for your wireless keyboard and mouse, I've never had a problem there, but the only way to know for sure is check the HCl. Ditto for your tv card. A little research time may save you some frustration. Google, the HCL, and the search function here can be valuable tools. Good luck.
 
Old 09-12-2005, 01:18 PM   #7
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If at all possible, I would not "dual boot." I would get an entirely separate machine, become comfortable with Linux on that machine, and only then consider even dual-boot on the Windows box.

The trouble, even with dual-booting, is that you put your existing installation at-risk and do so very early on in the process of learning. You have to jump off a cliff and hope that you land in the water and that you did not leave your life-ring behind. This is a devil of a way to learn a new operating-system, and best to be avoided.
 
Old 09-12-2005, 04:48 PM   #8
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I need some motivation to learn the new system - and not being able to do the things I could before is good motivation to learn how to get them working.

Dual-booting or buying another PC would defy the point.
 
Old 09-13-2005, 03:53 AM   #9
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Just make sure you have a good FULL backup before you start!
 
  


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