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Old 01-27-2007, 12:15 AM   #16
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seems a bit extreme to install a new distro just to install video drivers!

before you do that, have you tried to just go to, d/l the driver, and read the nvidia README? (

it's really pretty simple - and the README is quite detailed, complete with all commands and troubleshooting. I'd say at least give it a shot before reinstalling the whole os... jmho
Old 01-27-2007, 06:14 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by xrarey
Fair enough, what is a good distribution for a more casual user? (Easier to use, better for media playback)?
I couldn't decide whether to recommend a distro because I didn't want to start a "My distro is better" war. On the other hand recommending that you change distros without providing a suggestion doesn't make any sense. I have found that PCLinuxOS is excellent for anybody that wants their computer to just-plain-work.

When I installed PCLinuxOS I was able to play MP3s without any further action. Playing commercial DVDs required that I install the libdvdcss library which is in the PCLinuxOS software package collection so it was very easy.

I give a live boot CD of PCLinuxOS to my customers to let them try Linux.

Just as has been said with Ubuntu, you can install PCLinuxOS into the same partition that you had used for Fedora Core. The PCLOS installation will wipe out Fedora Core and will create a perfectly good boot block in your hard disk's MBR. This will allow you to continue to boot Windows along side PCLOS. Even better, you can run PCLOS live from the CD before you decide to install it onto your hard disk. This would be the quickest way for you to get familiar with the distro with the least setup time. Just keep in mind that when any distro runs off of a live CD is will have slow access times compared to running from a hard drive.

You might also want to run PCLOS from CD for another reason. They are close to releasing a new version of their distro. They claim to have gotten Firefox working with Flash v9 for Linux on this distro version. That is more than I can say about my own efforts in this area. I could not make Firefox work with Flash v9 for Linux so I am still using Flash v7. I may upgrade my PCLOS to the new version once it is released just so that I can get the new Flash, if it really works.

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Old 01-27-2007, 06:35 AM   #18
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I already thought Fedora was user friendliest or something... I guess you didn't like it enough..

you should try ubunto, or mandriva, you'll survive.

Good luck.
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I am just about to try ubuntu - it also includes a Live CD, so I am going to try that out first.

Thanks guys

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