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Old 08-23-2004, 08:38 PM   #1
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Linux on an HP Pavilion n3270 laptop

I'm about to put Linux on a laptop for the first time. Probably Fedora. The research I have conducted looks pretty promising in all areas but one. Seems the built in modem will be a lost cause.

Can anyone out there with laptop experience give an opinion? Will a PCMCIA modem solve the problem? Sorry I don't have all the hardware specs of the laptop but I'm at work now without my notes.

But basically I'm prepared to give up the onboard modem as lost. Just wanted to hear if I would have any luck with PCMCIA modems.

Thanks for you assistance.
Old 08-24-2004, 12:29 AM   #2
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knoppix 3.4. It is the standard by which I will test laptops before I install on them. That is an older computer, found a review with Redhat 6.2 on it at linuxlaptops, which is good in the sense that older hardware may well have reverse engineered driver support. Try knoppix, you will know what hardware will work.

You can also look at similar machines to see if the same modem has worked on newer models.

Given the specs...475 MHz with 64 Meg of Ram, Fedora may be a little heavy, at least with either Gnome or KDE. You will likely want to install the lighter window managers during the install.

Old 08-24-2004, 04:36 AM   #3
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I suggest that you take a look at

click on HP and then your model



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