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Compaq Evo n800v [Notebook]
1.8 Ghz, 512 mb of RAM, 30GB HDD, 15 inch SVGA 1400x1050
I am not using Windows XP on the machine anymore.
The install went great. I went for a full install on Reiser FS with 3 partitions; swap, /, /home and running the 2.4 kernel and run KDE GUI.
The system works really well. All the programs open fast and nothing has crashed so far. The biggest thing that bothered me were the fonts. They looked hideous on LCD. I think this is a KDE problem. So I went on the forums to see how to resolve it and found this:
I followed all the instructions and this fixed the problem. I was so happy with the results.
Another thing wrong is that my Intellimouse optical mouse doesn't work when plugged in. The laser turns on at boot time when linux detects it, but I can't do anything with it. The touchpad on the laptop works and I think that is what is screwing it up. I am still working on getting this to work. I guess I will have to edit my xorg.conf file again. The first time I configured it was to fix my resolution because it wouldn't go over 1024x768. I found out my H and V sync for my monitor [ HorizSync 31.5-90 VertRefresh 55-65] and then restarted X. This seemed to work well. Problem resolved.
The situation I am in now is that Slackware 10.2 works great, but I have to tweak it to make it boot faster.
Oh, I had to go back to the setup to make sure I had check the dhcp option so that it would have internet connection. Couldn't connect for a while. If you have/need dhcp, enable this module?? at install. Don't know how to do this after install yet.
I tried Arch linux and liked it a lot. But a lot of things were broken in it that I could not figure out and the community is a little mean sometimes. Not to me personally, but I saw many point out that Arch was not for newbies and therefore, should start with Mandriva or another "simpler" distro. I also liked slackware a lot, but didn't stick to it because I wanted something that was i686 optimized and something with a package manager. So I tried Rubix, which I can't say if it was excellent because it would not boot after the installation. I will try it again later on, but for now, I am sticking with frugalware.
The instalation is really straightfoward. Pretty much slackware. ncurses. It worked for me. Did a pacman -Syu and updated successfully.
All the programs that I used were there and the screen looked really good on my laptop running gnome.
That is pretty much where I am right now.
Going to install shareaza with wine.
Will post more if stuff comes up.
Not many problems so far. I recommend this to everybody who uses slackware, gentoo, arch or debian. Great distro and getting better.