dual boot questions: Pavillion 6000t
Welcome me to the dark side...(correction)...sensible side.
Anyway i'll try to streamline my questions carefully and quickly so that everyone will not get a headache. Just so you know my background, I've used linux/unix like environments for class but mainly under virtual apps. This is really a delicate thing since i'm installing a linux distro on a laptop and i've heard a lot of issue with my model. Anyway here are some stats on my laptop:
HP pavillon dv6000t
Intel Centrino duo 7200
1 Gig DIMM
Intel Pro/Wireless 3945AGB + Pro1000 PL NIC
Nvidia GeForce Go 7400
100 Gigs HD
running on XP
I'm planning to install Xubuntu 7.10 Gusty on here. However I have a couple of issues that I'm kinda worried about before I go forward dual booting both OS's.
1. One of my issues is that my hard drive is already in a partition due to HP giving me an unnecessary back-up software. (I formatted the drive). Now I have a drive that has an extra 10 gigs. I planning to extend the drive partion to have an extra 10 gigs since I still have about 50 gigs on my other driver partion. Is there a way on XP or any software I can use to adjust both partitions without disturbing the OS?
2. I hear there are a lot of issues with the chip architecture with with HP pavillion laptops CPU. I hear that the APIC architecture on the chip would not be functional. From the speculation, this seems to occur on Turion based CPU's. I was wondering if this is also the case Intel based processors. Also I would like to know if there is a way to disable or go around this issue.
3. I also hear there are issues with the broadcom NIC has a couple of issues. I would like to know either a build or software to install so that I can have my wireless up and running.
Other than these main issue, I don't see too many big problems (knock on wood). I mean I'm still checking on issues on speakers, web cam and the built-in multi card reader drive, but they're not essential.
Anyways... thanks again in advance and here's to the TUX!