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Old 05-20-2006, 05:29 PM   #1
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help - what distro for this hardware.

Hello, I'm a noob to Linux.
I don't know whitch distro to install, I would like
to dual boot from XP to Mandrake, this is what hardware I have:

Dell Inspiron 6000
XP home SP2 install
Intel Pentium M processor 1.86GHz
512 RAM
X86-based PC
NTFS File system
DirectX 9.0c
ATI MOBILITY RADEON X300 ( 1280 x 800 )
SigmaTel C-Major Audio
Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller
Intel Pro Wireless 2200BG

Thanx man.
Old 05-20-2006, 06:04 PM   #2
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That is a recent enough laptop that it should run any distro out there. The standard warning is that not all the hardware might be supported. A laptop is the hardest machine to install to because you are locked into the present hardware. Linux supports a surprising number of devices, but not all. On a desktop you can go get a new hardware modem for $15 but with a laptop you are stuck with whatever is installed. The same is true of the sound card, video card, and wireless.

That being said, Mandriva (not been called Mandrake for a year or two) will be as good as any. You might try a live CD like Knoppix or Mandriva Live first. They do not need to be installed, just booted from the CDROM. If one of them can detect and configure your hardware then you have a good chance to make it work.

Look at for additional information.

Good luck.

Old 05-20-2006, 06:50 PM   #3
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Thank you, the live cds sound cool.
I'll try that, then install the best compatible disto.
I was googling the live cd thing and came across somthing in a forum about booting
linux from a USB key, linux is AWESOME.

Mandriva noted.
Old 08-03-2006, 09:42 PM   #4
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I have the exact same laptop and have tried numerous distros (Ubuntu, slackware ... ). All loaded very easily onto the system. Remember, if you want to install linux to the hard drive you will have to create a new partition. That means either erasing windows and starting over or some really tricky partitioning tricks.

After a couple installs on my laptop I found that openSuse 10.1 was a very easy install and did nearly everything for me. It even lets you pick out the exact packages you install on the laptop.

Good luck and keep posting!
Old 08-01-2007, 03:13 PM   #5
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I have the same machine. And I installed Kubuntu 7.04 and work flawless
The wireless network and all the hardware run without problems.


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