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Old 06-01-2006, 10:32 PM   #1
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Intel Core Duo Processor


i'm planning to buy toshiba satellite M100-P340 but not sure if it works for linux cos it uses intel core duo processor.

has anyone successfully installed and used linux on that laptop?
any hardware compatible problem????

thanks and regards
Old 06-02-2006, 04:49 AM   #2
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I run Gentoo on Acer Travelmate 4202WLMi which has Intel Core Duo T2300 (1,67Mhz) processor and it works like a charm. Had to tweak dvd-drive to get it to work at full speed and needed to find correct drivers for my WLAN but those have been the only problems in it.

If you have Core Duo processor, then you should also make sure you have Intel 945PM chipset. I don't recall why it was, though. Probably some performance issue with older chipsets.

Hope this helped.
Old 06-02-2006, 05:33 AM   #3
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I have a duo core which works great. Make sure the kernel you are using supports multiple processors. If you are compiling your own this is called SMP support (symmetric multiple processors, i think). If you are using a pre made kernel from a distro it will usually have smp in the name. You can check by running cat /proc/cpuinfo. This should list two processors.
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I just got Kubuntu running on my new Acer Aspire 5670 with the Intel Core Duo T2300. I have yet to install the smp kernel because I was wondering if I should use the 686 flavor.
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Yeah I got the Acer 5670 too, and I'm going to put SuSE 10.1 on it with Windows XP. Dual booting it. I don't know what I'm doing, but I think I know. Better back up my hard drive just in case.
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Good luck Delpheno My 5670 came with two partitions on the HD (both were FAT and I ran CONVERT to make them NTFS) and XP Home on one. I used qtparted to setup the last partition as swap and / (be careful not to touch the "extra" leading partition - it is for restore. When I was done putting Kubuntu on as my second OS, grub added the XP Home to the boot menu - suse 10 should do the same for you as well.

Back on topic: I installed the linux-686-smp (just a metapackage for the i686 kernel in k/ubuntu) and a cat of /proc/cpuinfo shows that I am using both cores now.
Old 06-15-2006, 11:29 AM   #7
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The Intel Core Duo is an excellent processor.

I installed Linux on an Acer 4670 and off it went with 2 penguins.
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I am running Ubuntu 6.06 on my Acer Travelmate 8200. Like jayhags, my hdd was partitioned (thanks ACER!), so installation was pretty simple. AFter installing the standard verison, I installed the i686_smp kernel and it recognizes both cores, and allows me to modify the frequency of both cores independently. Very stable and very FAST.


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