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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

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.


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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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