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Linux - Laptop and Netbook Having a problem installing or configuring Linux on your laptop? Need help running Linux on your netbook? This forum is for you. This forum is for any topics relating to Linux and either traditional laptops or netbooks (such as the Asus EEE PC, Everex CloudBook or MSI Wind).

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Old 04-30-2003, 03:31 PM   #16
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I'd go with SuSE 8.2. Multimedia support, MP3 support, and wireless support built right in. I know you can do that with other distro's but this is kickin' right out of the box. Redhat 9 does a great job too, but no native MP3 support ....that's just me though.

Word up...
 
Old 04-30-2003, 04:41 PM   #17
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veering a tad off course here, do any of you gurus (or anyone who knows more than I do, which must be most of you ) have a suggestion about a good Linux for a five year old Toshiba Libretto 100CT? It will not boot from CD, and with my limited experience of testing out win95 and win98 boot disks, it's not especially happy with recognising the pcmcia CD-ROM from DOS - I mean, if I attempt to boot into DOS *with CD-ROM support*, I get the message that there is no such device....the machine was originally sold with win95 on floppy, apparently for a good reason....

I'd really, really like to install a suitable distro on this machine, so that I can use the same (or similar) OS on the road and at home. Have no idea where to start. The pages on linux-on-laptop are *years* out of date, referring to RH 5.2 for instance.

any suggestions gratefully received.

jd
 
Old 04-30-2003, 05:45 PM   #18
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veering a tad off course here, do any of you gurus (or anyone who knows more than I do, which must be most of you ) have a suggestion about a good Linux for a five year old Toshiba Libretto 100CT? It will not boot from CD, and with my limited experience of testing out win95 and win98 boot disks, it's not especially happy with recognising the pcmcia CD-ROM from DOS - I mean, if I attempt to boot into DOS *with CD-ROM support*, I get the message that there is no such device....the machine was originally sold with win95 on floppy, apparently for a good reason....

I'd really, really like to install a suitable distro on this machine, so that I can use the same (or similar) OS on the road and at home. Have no idea where to start. The pages on linux-on-laptop are *years* out of date, referring to RH 5.2 for instance.

any suggestions gratefully received.

jd
Slackware. You can still get it on floppies. I'm biased ofcourse.
 
Old 04-30-2003, 06:21 PM   #19
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Slack rox on everything ............Seriously!.....it's a longer install, but it's worth it in the end
 
Old 04-30-2003, 07:39 PM   #20
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Slack - yeah, I was kinda expecting you to say that...and hoping that somebody would give me a hot tip so I didn't have to...Nothing against Slackware you understand, but I'm not sure a non-geek like myself is quite worthy...will probably fsck up a few times before getting it working.

But that's what it's all about, isn't it? Learning, I mean. May even give it a go

thanks guys,

jd
 
Old 04-30-2003, 08:08 PM   #21
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I just picked up Linux a year ago. Started with Mandy 7.something, then 8.0. Got Slack last July. If I can do it Jane, I am absolutely positive you can.
 
Old 05-01-2003, 12:57 PM   #22
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i just installed mand9.1 on my hp but i guess i must have taken a wrong turn? cause i dont have acpi support guess ill have to try and figure that one out.
or something.
 
Old 05-16-2003, 11:48 PM   #23
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I've got a Dell Inspiron 8200 and RedHat 9, SuSE 8.2, and Mandrake 9.1 have installed beautifully. So far, SuSE has appeared to be the most stable; however, I'm starting to like Mandrake 9.1... After I finish a term paper, I'm going to try Gentoo on here.
 
Old 05-21-2003, 08:44 PM   #24
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HP Pavilion and Knoppix

I have a refurbished HP Pavilion xf328 and Knoppix. Seems to run well, although I do not yet have all the power management issues sorted out - at present I can only suspend from the CL.

I used the CD to try out the laptop in the store, then I installed it, so now I have Debian (mostly unstable) installed to the HD.

Steve
 
Old 05-23-2003, 01:03 PM   #25
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when i install RedHat9 on my laptop NEC VersaE600,the on board keyboard,touchpad and the mouse totally cannot work..is it my RedHat9 cannot configure out my keyboard,touchpad and mouse?if i install Mandrake 9.1, is it i will meet the same problem also??
 
Old 05-23-2003, 02:17 PM   #26
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Some laptops have issues with their interfaces (mouse keyboard etc) during setup. I found out that if you tap the spacebar repeatedly while anaconda is starting (at the beginning of the setup utility) then it will detect and work from then on out. Worked for me. Give it a shot. Don't stop tapping until you notice the cursor moving or other signs that it is working.
 
Old 05-28-2003, 10:33 PM   #27
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Hello everyone,

I think the acpi option in Mandrake Linux 9.1 is in the Booting section of their Control Center, after choosing which bootloader to use, there should be an option for "Force acpi", so just give it a try; if it doesn't work your laptop will lock up at boot time unless you disable it (I know you can pass that option with GRUB, don't know about LILO). Also, it seems that SuSE Linux 8.2 offers pretty good acpi support (this would be the third release supporting it, wouldn't it?).

Well, some of you may have already figured out how to enable acpi in Mandrake Linux 9.1, this is for those who haven't yet.

I just use Debian,

Bye
 
Old 06-01-2003, 11:43 PM   #28
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I have a averatec with acpi and I installed slackware. I tried a couple of others but they sucked. I love slack as an os on my desktop, have been using it for several years now. I love it even more on my laptop.
 
  


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