I installed Mandrake Linux 9.1 already on a Dell Inspiron 2650 (came with Windows XP). I tried putting Windows 98 on the hard drive (another 8 GB hard drive) before that and found that the Windows XP drivers don't work with it. I tried downloading various Windows 98 video drivers, but couldn't find one that worked. After a couple months I decided to try putting Linux on it (removed Windows by reformatting the hard drive). So far it seems to have been succesful. The video and sound works OK. There's no battery monitor. I found some things searching on the internet about using the command line to read the battery level. I haven't tried that yet, though. There's nVidia drivers already on the Mandrake Linux CDs which seemed to have been automatically installed. The Inspiron 2650 I have has a GeForce 2 Go video system in it. I might try putting Linux on a desktop, too, which has Windows 98SE on it already (ie. dual boot). I have a US Robotics model 0701 56k external modem which should work with Linux if I can't find an internal modem that works with it.
Last edited by If6was9; 08-10-2003 at 07:10 PM.