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Old 04-28-2004, 01:09 PM   #76
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I had it on the Thinkpad, and I'm pretty used to doing certain things by hand, like configuring X, networking, etc... but it should hork on devices, the sound card is stock, the pcmcia bridge is uber-vanilla, the trident cyberblade is an annoying graphics card, but it works under X 4.2.1 and above so it should be fine for X...


Old 04-28-2004, 01:13 PM   #77
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Great I think I will probably give that a try soon.

Old 05-02-2004, 09:31 PM   #78
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I just installed Knoppix 3.3 on my 4 year old Compaq Presarion 1200XL
I second that. I carry a Knoppix CD with my 1200XL (which I use so little it is easier to burn new live CDs than keep updated!) . Works fine.

FreeBSD live CD

Didn't see any OpenBSD live CDs to try. Please post if found.
Old 05-04-2004, 11:36 AM   #79
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Fedora core 1 on Dell CJX 650Mhz.....Everything works great!

Sound -works
Mouse -touchpad, trackpoint and USB logitech all work
cdrw- works
Docking station- works
Scandisk -USB Cruzer mini 128mb- works

Just got lucky I guess
Old 05-06-2004, 01:29 PM   #80
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you guys swear to much.
Old 05-06-2004, 10:16 PM   #81
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I am new to linux but I do REALLY like this linux i've installed on my compaq armada M700.. Its GENTOO... it rox
Old 05-07-2004, 04:11 AM   #82
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I have Slackware 9.1 installed on a Fujitsu Lifebook S6120 Notebook and everything seems to be running well after a little tweaking.
Old 05-10-2004, 02:13 PM   #83
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Will I be able to install Fedora Core 1 onto a IBM Thinkpad T19-21 with no or minor issues. Any feedback would be appreciated
Old 07-05-2004, 03:49 PM   #84
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Im running slack 10 on a 1 year old HP Pavilion ze5354,
ATI radeon card is running fine using vesa drivers (I dont game), alsaconf sorted my sound issue, omke took care of the one touch buttons and the belkin wifi nic was no problem either.

The only thing I dont have is hibernate and Im sure thats easily sorted if I get the finger out & look hard enough.

smooth as glass, stable and fast.....

Just lucky I guess

My apologies for reviving a 2 month old thread, it wasn't until after I posted it that I noticed the dates
I will pay more attention to the dates in future.


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Old 07-06-2004, 09:00 AM   #85
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Originally posted by zLinuxz
If you want to find a laptop to install Linux on look for:

And definately try to stay away from:
Are you kidding? Vaio? I've had the misfortune of using a Vaio or two. Sony hardware barely works even in Microsoft Windows. On the other hand, I own a Dell Inspiron and haven't experienced any major problems aside from the dysfunctional built-in winmodem and problems with my sound card in my latest distro (Intel 82801CA/CAM AC'97 and Slackware 10.0).

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Old 07-06-2004, 10:38 AM   #86
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Lemme just pitch in my 2 cents

i have slack 10 installed on a dell latitutde cpxh (500mhz p3, rage mobility, other old components) and it runs great, i compiled my own 2.6.7, and i havent had a single problem (except getting the wireless to work, but it does work, so it doesnt matter)
Old 07-06-2004, 12:41 PM   #87
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This might sound strange but I find that Mandrake 10 runs beautifully on my old laptop, an IBM thinkpad 390E (PII 333Mhz, 256 Megs RAM): just about everything was supported out of the box:

1- The videocard, an antique Neomagic 256AV is fully supported, and displays 1024x768 in 24 bit color, just as it should.
2- Sound worked from day one, without any tweaking.
3- USB ports are supported correctly.
4- No problem whatsoever due to the drives, cdrom or floppy.
5- APM works almost correctly: getting back from a suspend only brings the processor up to half speed mode. That's quite slow but since I hardly ever use this function, it is no big deal (I still get about 3.5 hours out of a single battery. It is possible to install two batteries on this machine). From what I've gathered over the years, this is a kernel issue and is not linked to any distribution.

So, what I get painlessly with Mandrake 10 is the following:
A machine that allows me to work (Open Office 1.1), program (Kdevelop is included, as well as all of the compilers that I need), play (although it is not this machine's purpose!) and even watch movies (mplayer works rather well on this machine as it is fast enough to display moderately-sized mpeg4-encoded videos... We're talking about up 400X300 without any problem due to the CPU speed).

Now, of course you must make decisions about what will fit on a 6.4 Gig Hard Disk but that's just part of the fun, isn't it?
Old 07-06-2004, 02:27 PM   #88
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One word... Slackware
Old 09-20-2004, 01:33 AM   #89
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This is how the Gateway could return from repair and fail to load Linux post repair...

Possibility #1 - the laptop you received was not your original at all, but reconditioned

Possibility #2 - the laptop had the hard drive or BIOS changed

In either case, if the hard drive required the BIOS be patched, or the BIOS upgrade was a patch, it could be designed to Work with Windows, but being non-standard would no longer work with Linux. Have seen this happen when a hard drive requiring a BIOS patch was installed - Linux would no longer load correctly, or at all.

Check your BIOS. Does it look different? Is the hard drive different? Many new hard drives are mapped using software that relies on Windows to work. Seagate is the absolute worst for this. Quantum used to do it until Maxtor merged with them, now they are OK.

Try installing with the /nodetect, or equivalent option, turning off the hardware probes. Get the kernel to load, then probe manually. It will work. But you have already proved that.....

Old 09-20-2004, 06:50 AM   #90
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weird, my mate neil had a noname 6200t laptop which linux would boot into text ok, but then linux hard-crashes when trying to load x (on slackware 10). the battery had to be taken out.
window$ 98/nt would boot ok.

but a bios update solved the problem and x runs fine

also my bios on my mainboard (chaintech 7kjd) had phoenixnet (spyware) which spawned popups on win98 but a bios update deleted phonenixnet

Last edited by db391; 09-20-2004 at 06:53 AM.


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