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Old 12-09-2012, 01:53 PM   #1
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Laptop Upgrade

I am thinking about upgrading my 7 y/o laptop from win2k to Mint. In the issues that I have had with linux installs it has always been the video cards that I have issues with. I also never work on laptops and due to that issue have reservations upgrading.

Here is the list of built-in hardware...

Video: Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family
Sound: Sigma Tel
Wireless: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection

Are these compatible with linux?


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Old 12-10-2012, 01:24 AM   #2
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Run the Mint liveCD and you'll know if your hardware works or doesn't.
Old 12-10-2012, 02:01 AM   #3
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In the issues that I have had with linux installs it has always been the video cards that I have issues with. I also never work on laptops and due to that issue have reservations upgrading.
A seven year old laptop (c. 2005) may run with an old version of distros like Antix, Absolute Linux v. 12, Ubuntu LTS or Mint 5 Elyssa. However do not hesitate to TRY INSTALL Linux Mint v. 14, who knows if your video card is readily supported. Linux Mint is one respectable distribution I always recommend to new comers because of its near-commercial support quality, even up today I have a Mint v. 5 running strong in an old laptop. However, if you have problems with video you are welcome to come back here post the errors and other members might be ready to share and help.

Don't hesitate: All versions of Microsoft Windows (desktop or enterprise) are proven to be poor systems, its commercial value merely relies on "driver support" other than that it is a piece of garbage.

Hope that helps.

Good luck.

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Old 12-10-2012, 03:33 AM   #4
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I don't know about your specific configuration, but I'd say that most mainstream Linux distributions don't have any problem with driver support. The difference with mint is that it comes prepackaged with most drivers, unlike say fedora where you may have to hunt around a little to find drivers for your wireless card etc.

As posix suggested, burn the image file on to a usb drive using unetboot and take it with you when you go to get your laptop. All you have to do is change the bios settings to start from usb and if the usb boots up to a workable system, you'll know that you won't have any problems.
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Excellant idea about the live cd. I will be able to get to it on Friday and let you know how it works out. Thanks for the idea.
Old 12-13-2012, 04:27 AM   #6
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You problem with this laptop will most likely not be the hardware support but not enouth of RAM and maybe a too weak processor.

If the recent version of Mint doesn't work, you may take a look at Lubuntu which is the LXDE version of Ubuntu. LXDE is a lightweight window manager.



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