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Old 02-15-2008, 06:11 AM   #1
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Best distro for a Dell lap top

I've been given a Dell Inspiron 5160. What is the most compatible distro for the hardware. In particular I need the on board modem to work. At the moment I am using open suse on my desk top.

The modem is described as:
Type: v.92 56K MDC

Controller: Softmodem

Interface: internal AC97 bus.


Last edited by andrew375; 02-15-2008 at 07:18 AM. Reason: add modem specs.
Old 02-15-2008, 07:43 AM   #2
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Dell now sells some of its PCs/laptops with Ubuntu, so I think that would be a safe bet.
There is a driver for the modem for Dell laptops at
Or else install the Conexant modem driver from the Ubuntu package manager (restricted drivers).


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