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Old 04-05-2005, 10:00 PM   #1
Registered: May 2003
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Slack on a LapTop, Bad Idea???

Hello all, i'm about to purchase a compaq 2104us laptop and i was going to put slack 10.1 on it, my question is, well is this such a great idea cause i know laptops have issues accepting linux as a operating system, should i jus stick w/ windows or will i be fine w/ slack, thanks in advance for the help.
Old 04-05-2005, 10:02 PM   #2
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Slack drives my lappy just fine. Install was a breeze and everything configured quite easily. Of ccourse as always, your mileage may vary.
Old 04-06-2005, 12:07 AM   #3
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I'm running only Slackware on my laptop and it works fine. ACPI isn't quite perfect, but it suits my needs. Good luck!
Old 04-06-2005, 12:45 AM   #4
Registered: May 2004
Location: san francisco
Distribution: Slackware 10.2 kernel 2.6.13, Gentoo amd64, Some mish-mash of programs that started with slack 9.0
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No problems here. I use a Toshiba and they actively support linux on their laptops. Slackware works better then the XP it came with. (And is no longer on it). The only issue you might have is with a winmodem.
Old 04-06-2005, 01:58 AM   #5
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Same here..Slackware on Dell beautiful...
Old 04-06-2005, 02:04 AM   #6
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According to this page Debian works fine on that machine, so I guess there is no reason Slackware won't.

Slack 10 runs great on my IBM laptop, I had two identical IBMs for a while (one personal, one from work) the work one ran XP and was WAY slower than the personal one running Slack. Also on the XP one wireless was a real PITA for some reason, but on the Slack one it works great

Here is a page that describes Slackware on this model I think

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Old 04-06-2005, 05:32 AM   #7
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I have on one IBM laptop only Slackware, on other dual boot with winXP an no problems.
Old 04-06-2005, 06:04 AM   #8
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No problems with Slack 10.1 on a Dell Latitude D505 apart from a sound issue which you can find a solution to on this forum.
Old 04-06-2005, 06:10 AM   #9
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I've used Slack on my Toshiba with great success. I think it really depends on how much effort you want to put into your install and how much you want to learn.
Old 04-06-2005, 07:01 AM   #10
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Waiting to dual boot iBook with Slackintosh and Tiger.
Old 04-06-2005, 07:04 AM   #11
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slackware is good for laptops. I used for 1 year in my toshiba satellite
Old 04-06-2005, 08:18 AM   #12
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I have slack on my compaq presario, runs great, I highly recommend it.
Old 04-06-2005, 10:32 AM   #13
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Slack on an HP Pavilion works great, everything is detected except for the built in modem.

Dell Inspiron works fine also.
Old 04-06-2005, 10:36 AM   #14
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Running Slackware on an Asus M6000N, a little hacking for the touchpad and the wireless but it all works. ACPI is just not good enough to really use, suspend to disk tends to make it not wake up anymore etc.
Old 04-06-2005, 10:42 AM   #15
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By the way,I installed Slackware 10.1 on laptop (Dell Inspiron 300M). How do you configure it to match the special hardware on this laptop?

e.g. 1.Broadcom NIC
2.Memory allocation of graphic card

Because I can't use X Windows because of something related to the graphic's memory allocation,I guess.Do you have any clues or tips about this?

Yeah,I think Slackware 10.1 is good enough for Desktop,Server & Laptop.


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