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Re: [linux-dell-laptops] wot distro for 5150

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  • Jacob Kuriyan
    I have a DELL Latitude D500 on which I tried several distros and finally settled on SUSE 9.1. I got the wireless also to work using ndiswrapper. So I would
    Message 1 of 4 , Nov 23, 2004
      I have a DELL Latitude D500 on which I tried several distros and finally settled on SUSE 9.1. I got the wireless also to work using ndiswrapper.

      So I would suggest Suse.


      The only issue is FN+F8 to switch to an external monitor. I am working perfecting this.



      Haedn Thorn <lordhaedn@...> wrote ..
      >
      > --- tristan_kaden <tristan_kaden@...> wrote:
      >
      > > first day, first post.. I have an inspirion 5150
      > > 3ghz with 1300
      > > builtin wireless. I am looking for a nice linux
      > > distro to start on.. I
      > > am just treading water with linux so nothing too
      > > deep and i need the
      > > wireless working..
      > >
      > > Have tried Mepis and had prob with mouse pointer not
      > > displaying and
      > > then trying to install nvidia driver. I liked to
      > > basic install of pkgs
      > > but gaveup on the mouse/video issue. Never made it
      > > to try wireless
      > > install. Gave up.
      > >
      > > Tried knoppix 3.6 too much installed. Wireless
      > > install just wouldn't
      > > happen.
      > >
      > > Am i a lost cause and should keep on with windows or
      > > is there hopoe
      > > yet ;-)
      >
      > Never look back! I'm a Slackware man, myself, but for
      > beginners, I think Mandrake is pretty simple. It's
      > what my kids use (they're 8 and 9) ... They like the
      > "edutainment" package it comes with. ... I don't know
      > about wireless on Mandrake. I run Slack on my 600m and
      > I have the Intel 2200BG. Works great with the ipw2200
      > drivers from Source Forge. ... Someone with the 1300
      > could probably tell you better, but I believe
      > ndiswrapper is what you have to use for that one.
      > You'll still need to keep the winblows driver handy,
      > as ndiswrapper just gives a connection between the
      > windoze driver and linux. X should run under the frame
      > buffer with the default install on your nVidia chip,
      > but the drivers from nVidia are a must if you plan to
      > play any 3D games. All my desktops are nVidia, but in
      > my laptop I ended up with ATi ... nVidia has SO MUCH
      > better linux support .... Next time I won't
      > comprimise... I was trying to save a few (hundred)
      > bucks [I was looking at the 600m and 8600] ....
      > Anyhow, welcome to the group and feel free to ask for
      > help along the way.
      >
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