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Re: Preparing to give 64 bit a shot again on Gateway laptop

On Thu, Feb 02, 2006 at 04:33:51PM -0700, Tannon Weber wrote:
> I've been doing some further reading on the subject since my last
> inquiry, and it looks like I have a Broadcomm wireless chipset.  Crap.
>  Everything that I've found online so far indicates that it won't work
> with 64 bit when trying a wrapper.  Video doesn't seem to be nearly as
> much of a problem, as ATI's support page has the Xpress X600 listed,
> and I think that the chipset itself is theirs, but I'm still trying to
> figure that out.

I have read about some people getting broadcom to work with the x4 bit
windows xp driver in ndiswrapper.  I haven't tried it myself (My wife
has an amd64 laptop with a broadcom, but she is running i386 for now).

The video you can probably make work either way with the fglrx debian
packages that someone maintains.  A google search finds then easily.

ATI chipsets on the other hand in general seem to be a bit of a
nightmare.  The newer the kernel the better the changes.  2.6.8 is an
absolute disaster.  2.6.12 isn't bad.  2.6.15 is supposed to be getting

> I may just save myself the headache and put 32 bit Linux on it for the
> moment, just so that I don't have to do any extra work for the
> time-being.

Well to avoid headaches you have to avoid ati chips in general when
buying hardware.  At least if you want to run linux.  The support just
isn't there yet.

Len Sorensen

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