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Old 11-01-2001, 03:51 PM   #1
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which distro is best suited for a laptop?


I've tried RedHat 7.1 and i couldn't get my pcmcia ehternet card to work...so i'm thinking of switching to another distro ...hopefully one with better hardware support.....any suggestions welcome!
 
Old 11-01-2001, 04:19 PM   #2
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it's more of a question of which laptops will work with linux. check here for info on your model
http://www.linux-laptop.net/
 
Old 11-01-2001, 06:21 PM   #3
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i've actually been to that site quite ofen in hopes someone has had a similar problem and was able to fix it but no such luck, i'll keep looking around though
 
Old 11-02-2001, 01:19 AM   #4
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I got Red Hat to work

I tried Mandrake and suse but only succeeeded with redhat 7.1 on my old tosh st pro laptop... Linux is a bitch and then... you dare not look back
 
Old 11-02-2001, 01:59 PM   #5
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i have gotten it to work .....most of it anyway, i just can't seem to get my ehternet card working with it. that's why i thought i'd try another distro.
 
Old 11-02-2001, 02:15 PM   #6
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see if redhat has a kernel update, the kernel gurus are constantly updating the supported hardware. also this http://www.redhat.com/mirrors/LDP/HO...O-2.html#ss2.1
has some info on irq's and quirks with various distros

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Old 11-02-2001, 04:57 PM   #7
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i tried to update to Kernel 2.4.7 but that didn't go over to well, this was my first kernel update/compile and it says i'm missing some modules or dependency files.

i did exactly what it said

switched to the directory
make mrproper
make xconfig
make dep
make install
and i loaded it with lilo and that's where i'm stuck at now
 
Old 11-02-2001, 05:14 PM   #8
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make dep
make bzImage (capital 'I')
make modules
make modules_install
make bzlilo (will move files and update lilo)
 
Old 11-02-2001, 05:21 PM   #9
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would that modularize all the components of the Kernel?
 
Old 11-02-2001, 06:42 PM   #10
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the ones that you answered 'y' to, will be compiled in, the rest will be modules.
 
Old 11-03-2001, 09:41 AM   #11
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is the module dependency file automatically created or is it something i have to acquire....because on boot up it says it can't open it and when i check in lib/modules i don't see a corresponding file for the kernel version i'm running, i see the previous one like 2.4.2-2...how do i remedy this? and does make bzImage automatically drop you to the config status?
 
Old 11-03-2001, 05:22 PM   #12
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the modules are created automatically. bzImage makes the compressed kernel image. what bzlilo does with one command is:
cp /boot/vmlinuz /boot/vmlinuz.old (moves old kernel to prevent it being overwritten)
cp /arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/vmlinuz(copys new kernel to default location)
lilo (runs lilo so that it knows about the new kernel)

you can actually do this unattended by inserting a double && between processes.(if you have a slow machine or something better to do)

make dep && make bzImage && make modules && make modules_install && make bzlilo

the double && means start the next process only if the preceeding one exited properly.
 
Old 11-03-2001, 06:11 PM   #13
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That would come in very handy......but what do i do about the missing module.dep file, apparently the new Kernel i have won't can't find it or write to it because it doesn't exist. i'm really appreciating the info you're giving me here, i can't express thanks enough.
 
Old 11-03-2001, 07:32 PM   #14
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you may need to install this first
http://www.rpmfind.net//linux/RPM/re...7-10.i386.html
 
  


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