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RE: New User Information Request

----- Forwarded message from "Laura J. Portscheller" <STARFIRE@uwyo.edu> -----

forwarding to the list for all to see.

please reply to the list and not to me personally. thanks

>To: Andrew Sackville-West <andrew@farwestbilliards.com>
>From: "Laura J. Portscheller" <STARFIRE@uwyo.edu>
>Subject: RE: New User Information Request

>The major problem with fc6 was that i could get no graphical display.  After install (via graphical install process which seems to say to me that it should have been able to continue graphical interface) I would have command line only.  After installing graphics card drivers and trying a host of adjustments recommended by folks on the fedora forums, I could get no graphica interface, so no desktop.

its hard to believe that it failed utterly. did anyone have you try
the vesa driver? that works with pretty much everything. 

>nvidia gforce Go 6150, Mobile AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 3500+, FUJITSU MGV2100BH PL hard drives, ACPI Multiprocessor PC,HDAUDIO Soft Data Fax Modem with SmartCP,1394 Net Adapter, Broadcom 802.11a/b/g WLAN, NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller,

support for nvidia cards seems to be pretty good, but whether that
extends to laptops is a mystery. I would try to boot with a recent
knoppix disk. If you can get a gui from that, then its a good bet you
will with debian. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Sackville-West [mailto:andrew@farwestbilliards.com]
Sent: Wed 12/20/2006 4:03 PM
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: New User Information Request
>>On Wed, Dec 20, 2006 at 03:30:51PM -0700, Laura J. Portscheller wrote:
>>> I am very new to linux.  I have used it to a minimal extent and like it, but have no experience in system administration and all the many technical matters involved with it.  I want to install linux on my laptop and want to make sure that there are no compatibility problems with your product.  I first tried to install fedora core 6 and it would not operate properly, even with the attempts to resolve the matter by very experienced users.  I wanted to make sure that your product will be completely compatible with my computer.  I have a new HP dv9000 17 inch widescreen laptop with 2 100GB hard drives, and nvidia gforce praphics card, bluetooth, and an AMD processor.  Thanks

>>havving made some meager attempts to install linux on a couple older
>>laptops, I can say it is not easy. First stop has got to be:

>>you've had trouble with fc6... what sort of trouble? details on what
>>the problems were would help us a lot. 

>>also, a complete listing of the hardware would be good to. It is
>>likely that you could get linux installed and operating, but you will
>>likely *not* get all the hardware working as well as it should.


>>good luck.


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