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Old 04-04-2006, 11:49 PM   #1
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Fedora 5 + laptop

Hi there,

Anybody has experience for the subject?
I find it doesn't support my Wireless NIC, WinModem out of box.

I have been using since Redhat 8.1 but on a laptop is a new experience to me.

Better choice over FC5 on laptop?

Old 04-05-2006, 01:08 AM   #2
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Give SuSE a try.
Old 04-05-2006, 06:06 AM   #3
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It depends on the laptop model ... but I have been using FC4 on my Acer Aspire model without any problems ... will have to try FC5 soon as I am hearing only good things about it :-)
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i've installed FC5 on a relatively ancient Dell Inspiron 3800 and relatively newer Dell Inspiron 600m. both installs and setups went painlessly.

re: wireless issues - i use an old linksys pcmcia wireless b card with the 3800 and fc5 recognizes the card right away when setting up my wireless connection through Administration --> Network. for the 600m, it recognizes my internal nic (not sure about its technical details off the top of my head) but i still use wireless connectivity via the laptop's intel pro 2200bg chip. that did take a little bit of research to get working since it needs drivers and kernel modules, but in essence, followed the advice given in this link ( just make sure you download the appropriate rpms for your current kernel version. after that, setting up the wireless connectivity was another piece of cake.

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