I just purchased an older Toshiba Satellite 3005-S403 and was wanting to put Linux on it. I have a few questions before I do so, though.
1) What is the best distro for this laptop? I have seen Slackware, Red Hat, and SuSE used, are there others that work well with laptops?
2) Is it safe to reformat the HD? I have heard that some laptops have a boot sector on the hard drive and if it is removed (after a reformat or whatever) the laptop can not boot. Is this an issue with my laptop?
3) This laptop has buttons that allow you to start playing CD's or MP3's without having to start the laptop. Will reformatting remove these functions?
I'm sure I will have more questions later, but that's it for now.