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is my laptop able to safely support linux?

by rwp_17 / October 17, 2007 2:02 PM PDT

acer aspire 3624wxmi

specs
1.6ghz celeron m processor
intel graphics media accelerator 900
atheros AR5BMB5 wireless
Seagate Momentus 4200.2 ST980829A 80 GB hard drive

i want to know so that i don't end up bricking my laptop

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"bricking" = never happened to me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 17, 2007 10:59 PM PDT

Of course I can backup and restore so that's never an issue.

The one thing on this model that eludes some is the wifi card support. I do not offer any tutorial on how to do that (no need to duplicate web content) but NDISWRAPPER and the files it needs from it's maker's drivers are noted to work.

Bob

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Able to support Linux
by OttifantSir / December 1, 2007 6:54 PM PST

You probably won't be able to use Beryl, Fusion and Compriz at full tilt, and as said, wireless CAN be a PITA. Ubuntu 7.10 has automated this process. It doesn't work as well as manually configuring it, but it works.

About bricking your laptop: You have nothing to worry about. I ran Ubuntu 6.06 and 6.10 on a Pentium 366MHz, 192MB RAM, 6.2GB HD, 1XCD-R with 16MB shared graphics memory and no network card for the better part of a year. There was only one thing I found it couldn't do as well as a P3 1.5GHz, 1.5GB RAM, 200GB HD, DVD-RW, 64MB dedicated graphics memory and network card-PC: Show Youtube-films without stutter.

No need to worry about bricking your laptop in other words. A word of caution though: Screen resolution isn't always automatic on widescreens. In Ubuntu 7.04/7.10, you have to install xserver-xorg-video-intel (7.04, 7.10 has it already) and 915resolution to get widescreen resolutions. Previous versions (Back to 6.06) won't start graphics on a widescreen without manual configuration of several files and installation of a few packages from the commandline.

Other distros have this down cold I know, but have other problems that, to me, are more serious than an easily-fixable resolution issue.

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