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Old 11-20-2007, 10:39 AM   #1
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Question Which distribution for HP Pavilion dv6570ee?

I have bought an HP Pavilion dv6570ee notebook with the following specifications:

CPU: AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-56
RAM: 2048 MB
Hard disk: 200 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 4200 rpm
Video Adapter: NVIDIA® GeForce™ 8400M Up to 895 MB total graphics memory with 128 MB dedicated
Internal audio: 3D Sound Blaster Pro compatible sound 16 bit integrated
Modem: High speed 56K modem
Network interface: Ethernet 10/100BT integrated network interface
Wireless technologies: 802.11a/b/g WLAN
Display: 15.4” WXGA High Definition BrightView Widescreen 1280 x 800

Now I'm going to install GNU/linux on my notebook, I tried freespire 2.0.3 but it could not detect my video adapter! huh so I wonder which distribution is suitable?
I am going to try Ubuntu 7.10. I just want a distribution that I can install it graphically without any command line workings, you know.
I just want to simply install the GNU/Linux without any fine details that I don't understand anything about them!
Old 11-20-2007, 05:21 PM   #2
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I have a couple suggestions. These are all readily available via download. Linux Mint, PCLinux OS, Mepis ver 6.9 RC6, Sabayon. These are all combination Live and Install distros. Mint is based on Ubuntu, but has proprietary codecs and drivers added. PCLinuxOS is an RPM based distro that uses APT for package management and has good hardware support. This version of Mepis is based on Debian Etch and also has good hardware and third party codec support. Sabayon is based, I believe on Gentoo and has great multimedia support. It also comes with a lot of cool games if you are into that.

The reason for trying multiple distros is that they all have different strengths. I have Linux installed on three different laptops. And three different versions of Linux. Mepis recognized the Broadcom wireless card out of the box on one laptop. PCLinuxOS has very good hardware support, it recognizes Atheros based cards out of the box and has easy access to proprietary codecs. On a laptop, what distro will work best is often a matter of luck, so by trying several Live/Install CD based distros, you increase the chance of finding the right one without having to install multiple distros. Good luck.

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I installed OpenSuse 10.2 and it detected all of my hardwares very well except of
sound card and video adapter. For Video card I used Nvidia installer and now it is
working pretty good. But now how can I install my sound card?
It is a Conexant High Definition Audio chipset.
Old 11-23-2007, 11:13 AM   #4
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conexant gets detected easily by slax, it also gets detected by mepis for me.

i use an assembled laptop, with everything built from scratch. Dual core processor with 1gb ram.


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