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Old 08-26-2005, 08:58 PM   #1
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Gateway system + amature installer...

I've used linux on several occasions but my problem is I wanted to use one which wasnt on a boot CD that I could place on my laptop and use it regularly.

recently i obtained a Gateway laptop with some rather decent specs but finding drivers for it was rather difficult and because ive never installed a linux based system or drivers im not sure what to do.

Here is the rundown on my setup.
Video: Intel "Extream Graphics" ::drivers obtained::
Eathernet: Integrated IEEE 802.3 (10/100 BASE-TX) Ethernet interface should have them
Mouse/Touchpad: Gateway EZ-Pad™ touchpad 4-button design
Wireless: Broadcom BCM94306 IEEE802.11g
sound: AC-Link Soft Audio (AC97 CODEC)

Intel® Celeron™ (R) 2.4ghz, 512mb ram, and 30 gigs storage

My knoppix version is the Auditor cd package 2.4 i belive...

im currious to know where i can get those drivers and how exactly does on installl drivers on a linux system.
Old 08-26-2005, 10:13 PM   #2
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whats the model and model number of that laptop ?
this might be the touchpad driver

basically what i would do is get a copy of fedora core 3 and install it
then go from there and finish what doesn't work right

i only say fedora because it has a graphical installer that can detect hardware pretty good
this way you will learn all the drivers names and which are part of the Linux kernel and which you need to install yourself.

Linux drivers are installed by compiling new kernel modules so choose kernel developement packages !
Driver and in fact all Linux software comes with instructions.

later if you don't like fedora you can wipe it and start over armed with more information
or you can do like i do on a new machine and put fedora on a small partition to learn about the hardware and get started then later install better distro on another partition and keep fedora as a rescue to the better one.
Old 08-27-2005, 01:34 PM   #3
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"at the end of the day" any of the main stream distro's should do i.e. Mandriva, SuSE or Fedora - personally my most recent experience is with SuSE 9.3 Pro (before that Mandriva 2005LE).

I've never had any success with anything from the Redhat stable, so it's rather up to you.

All three have pretty reasonable hardware detection. If knoppix boots on the machine, then theoretically, anything _SHOULD_work, though it may or may not need some tinkering to get the configuration correct.




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