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Old 09-05-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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Trouble with wireless internet and touchpad when dual booting on laptop

Hello all,
Sorry if this has already been posted previously, I did not look through all 65,000+ posts and a search for my problem didn't turn up an exact match.... Also, sorry for the long post but I will try to give some background to my problem:

Anyway, I bought an HP 2000 laptop (POS, but that's another point) and it came with Windows 7. I reinstalled windows 7 (clean) and put slackware on with it. Before my install, I used the slackware disc (downloaded from internet and burned on DVD) and ran fdisk/cfdisk to partition my one harddrive. I made a Windows partition of about 200GB and another 100GB for the linux setup, which I broke down into 10GB for swap, 10GB for / and 80GB for /home (not sure if this is a good setup, will take criticisms/suggestions on this as well.) I configured LILO through the installer with the safest options and have not changed anything since. I seem to be able to dual boot fine, both linux and windows will load. When I boot into Windows, my wireless internet seems to drop out intermitently which it didn't do before the Linux install. Sometimes the wireless icon in the taskbar will show a yellow triangle and say limited connectivity. Also, my touchpad goes bezerk on occassion - it will freeze up and respond very slowly to scrolls/button clicks. I applied all updates for windows (goes without saying, this took a very looooooooonnnnngg time) and checked the hp website for an updated driver for the touchpad. The driver on HP's website is actually older than the one that was on the laptop (probably from a Windows update?), but I tried it anyway and it didn't seem to help. I have not had a chance to mess around with the Linux side of things as I'm trying to get the Windows portion working so my wife can use the laptop during the day while I'm at work (she is scared of Linux )

I'm looking for any ideas of what may be wrong. The most confusing thing is that the two systems should be partitioned apart from each other, so one should not be able to affect the other. But the internet and touchpad seem to have trouble in Windows only with Linux installed. Maybe a different distro would help but I was hoping that someone here may be able to help me troubleshoot so I don't have to throw in the towel. I have used Linux and Unix in the past so I can fumble my way around, but it has been a while. I didn't post any system specs because I'm not sure what you would want to see.


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