General Question for Linux and Hardware
I bought myself a Dell Inspiron 6000 about 2 months ago and since then I have been struggling to get not only all the hardware going but also the essential things I need, so that I always had to come back to my windows partition.
I have pentium m centrino with 1.6 gh, 2 gb of RAM, 128 mb ati Radeon graphics card, Intel PRO 2200bg WLan.
I mean, when one buys a new Laptop and you install Linux you have to work on quite a lot of things (I installed fc3 on my system):
-my power saving options are not working at all, which would be a major advantage vor a centrino cpu. Also to just turn the screen off after some time doesn't work, even though you can set that in the GUIs.
-the WLAN is not detected
-the modem of course neither
-the ATI Radeon x300 is detected but I guess no 3d acceleration since I tried to play 'tux racer' and it didn't run fluently.
-a connection to a windows computer in a LAN will not be easy with samba.
-write permissions on a fat32 partition is only possible as root and thus not in a GUI.
-same for writing cds
-some gnome progs like rhythmbox or Sound Juicer can't read from the cd/dvd drive even though I can acces it through a terminal and nautilus.
-the touchpad can't be turned off during writing on the keyboard, at least I don't know how.
So guys! This is the List I have to go through before I can do all the things I want to! And As you can recognize by the fact that I am complaining here, you know that I am new to linux.
But HOW do you advice me to solve all these things? I have about 2-3 hours every other evening time for this business here, and I have a very slow connection to the internet of about 3kb/sec via a Windows LAN (which was just accesible for me with a simple lan cable, surprise and relief for me!).
I mean I was trying to work on it by posting here and searching www.tldp.org or google. And I found things such as the following but it doesn't really help me since I cannot follow these instructions or installing packages just skips or doesn't have effect.
And do you guys go through this whole story when you buy yourself a new computer?? Do you have the same problems?
So actually I am not really able to handle this since I am not a linux expert. Do you guys think, I might better go with another distribution, like unbuntu? Or Do I need to invite s.o. who can explain things to me?
I don't want to just complain here, but this is just my situation and I guess I am not the only one like that. So what do I do?