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I have purchased COMPAQ Presario CQ60-101AU laptop and like to install linux on it. Hardware profile of the laptop is like this... 1. AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core 1.9 GHz ...
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    Linux Installation on COMPAQ Presario CQ60-101AU


    I have purchased COMPAQ Presario CQ60-101AU laptop and like to install linux on it. Hardware profile of the laptop is like this...
    1. AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core 1.9 GHz
    2. 1 GB RAM
    3. NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G Graphics
    4. Conexant High-Definition SmartAudio 221
    5. NVIDIA nForce Chipset
    6. Synaptics PS/2 Port Touchpad
    7. Atheros Wireless LAN

    Which linux distribution is suitable for this type of configuration? Please help me with step-by-step procedure to install linux.

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    Hello and Welcome!

    With specs like that, you can run pretty much any distro you like. Check out Distrowatch for some info. The main problem you might run into is going to be with wireless. You might want to read up a bit on ndiswrapper. Let us know which distro you choose!
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    Thank you jayd512.
    I've tried Fedora9 64bit and Ununtu8.04 AMD 64bit. Both are not recognizing hardware and halting.

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    Is your processor 64-bit? Or 32?
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    Processor is 64bit AMD Athlon Dual Core 1.9GHz

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    I would try openSUSE. It has very good hardware detection and supports most notebooks very well. Another one to try is Mandriva. Also if you had only tried 64 bit distros of Fedora and Ubuntu, try their 32 bit versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daark.child View Post
    I would try openSUSE. It has very good hardware detection and supports most notebooks very well..
    well... I tried Suse 10.3 on the compaq cq60-110 and the installation was a mess. At some point of the installation while loading ahci it halted then did not recognise much of the system even the DVD drive.
    The installation worked with the boot options:
    acpi=off apm=off nolapic noapic pci=nomsi

    but then I get a very slow system with no internet nor good graphic card as no hardware is recognised. And doing it manually is too much time consuming.
    I will try Mandriva.

    (so far Suse 10.3 works fine on my Fujitsu Amilo Xi 2528 better than my Vista on the other partition)

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    trying Mandriva powerpack 2007: same sad story it seems...

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    You seem to be trying older distributions. Try openSUSE 11 and Mandriva 2009.

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    And maybe according to an internet post, Ubuntu 8.10.

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