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Old 09-25-2010, 07:36 PM   #1
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Installing Linux Mint over Ubuntu


I'm am new to Linux, but I really want to get into it. I recently downloaded Ubuntu, with Windows Vista dual booting. I am fed up because Ubuntu won't work with my Broadcom BCM4312 Network Connector. I have decided that I am going to install Linux Mint inplace of Ubuntu. The only thing I am worried about is: Will Mint give me the option of which partiton to put it on? I know this sounds stupid, but I am being very cautious about not deleting my files and Vista.
 
Old 09-25-2010, 07:46 PM   #2
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Yes, Linux Mint will give you the option. Just take it slow. Always have a backup first.
 
Old 09-25-2010, 07:51 PM   #3
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Okay, thank you so much! I know that worst comes to worst I will just have Mint on here, but hopefully that doesn't happen.
 
Old 09-25-2010, 07:51 PM   #4
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Also note that there is an open source Broadcom wireless network adapter driver for Linux that Ubuntu 10.10 Beta uses out of the box. You'd be better off with that, OP, if you want your Broadcom network adapter to work.

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Old 09-25-2010, 08:04 PM   #5
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Well I just realized that Mint is built of of Ubuntu. D I haven;t installed it yet, so do you thing that mint will work if Ubuntu doesn't? If not, will it be easier to install the right driver on Mint than Ubuntu?
 
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Mint was designed to be an extremely ez to use distro for desktop users. Works well on laptops too. Ease of use was paramount during development. My current laptop is a good example...my Intel wireless card is a problem for nearly every distro including Ubuntu. I could get it working in Ubuntu but problems persisted with connection drops, etc. Mint worked right away, no issues, which is what I wanted.

I had an issue with an older laptop with a Broadcom wireless card. What worked was a ndiswrapper driver...might check into that if what Kenny_Strawn mentioned doesn't work.
 
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Well I just realized that Mint is built of of Ubuntu. D I haven;t installed it yet, so do you thing that mint will work if Ubuntu doesn't? If not, will it be easier to install the right driver on Mint than Ubuntu?
As I said before: You're better off upgrading to Ubuntu 10.10 as it is better at supporting Broadcom chipsets.
 
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I don't know about Mint, but I would not suggest you try 10.10 yet. I pulled the daily spin during the week, and it wouldn't even find the BCM4312 on a netbook.
OP - see this. Worked immediately on 10.04 (Lucid) for me talking to my WPA2 router.

Last edited by syg00; 09-25-2010 at 09:16 PM. Reason: WPA2, not WAP2
 
Old 09-25-2010, 09:26 PM   #9
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Well I just installed mint, and I am having more than 1 problem with it... I have tried the link that you gave me before, and it says bcmwl is already installed, which is one of the reasons I gave up. I think I mine as well try 10.10 to see if it works, if not, then I'll try Fedora, and if THAT doesnt work, than OpenSUSE. One last qeustion: If I keep on installing then uninstalling these OS's will it slow my computer down?
 
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Did you activate the (restricted) driver ?.
No - no slowdown. Re-installs should reformat the partition, and totally replace the previous install. I do it a lot ...
 
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Yeah, I did try to activate the drivers, but I need a ethernet connection, and I can't get one, possibly for a long time. Thank you, hopefully all this will work. On the brightside, I have 3 different Operating System .iso's on here, so that will probably come in handy eventually.
 
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Plus I was having several problems with Mint. It seemed like it installed 2 versions of Mint, the mouse wouldn't work, and it was extremely slow.
 
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See here for the daily liveCD build. Maybe you can sort it out before needing to install.
 
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