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    [repost] linux on HP nc6120?


    This is another post of a post in Linux on Laptops. I haven't gotten any replies there so I am going to give it a try here.

    I am interested in installing a Linux distro on my HP nc6120. I have no idea what is required to do this or if it will even work. Below is a short list of the functionality that I would need the laptop to have followed by a breakdown of my hardware specs. I am not to partial to any specfic distro, it really just needs to be usable and needs to work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Must have:
    Wireless LAN
    Wired LAN
    USB/Firewire Connectivity
    CD Burning
    Network Printing
    All normal things (office, other development programs, etc.)

    Optional:
    SD/MMC card reader drivers (i don't think these exist)
    Limited support for windows applications and games (browsing the WINE site this doesn't look like it would be a problem)

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    OS Service Pack: Service Pack 2
    CPU Type : Pentium M 730, 1.6ghz
    Motherboard Name: Hewlett-Packard 099C
    Motherboard Chipset: Mobile Intel 915GM Express Chipset
    System Memory: 503 MB
    BIOS Type: HPQFlash for HP Notebook System BIOS
    Communication Port: Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port : ECP Printer Port (LPT1)
    Video Adapter : Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Chipset Family (128 MB)
    Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
    Audio Adapter: SoundMAX Integrated Digital
    Disk Drive: FUJITSU MHT2040AH PL
    Disk Drive : SD3 Device
    Optical Drive: TSSTcorp CDW/DVD TS-L462A
    C: (NTFS) 38154 MB (28038 MB free)
    Keyboard: Quick Launch Buttons
    Mouse: Microsoft USB Wheel Mouse Optical
    Mouse : Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad
    Wireless: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
    Wired: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5705MA2 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    Modem: Agere Systems AC'97 Modem
    Printer: \\Home\HP DeskJet 930C/932C/935C
    Printer: HP Mobile Printing PS
    USB Device: Microsoft USB Wheel Mouse Optical


    For the most part, I really can't be dealing with tons of errors and searching down this driver or that. But in any case, thanks a lot for the help.

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    Re: [repost] linux on HP nc6120?

    Quote Originally Posted by CitizenKane
    For the most part, I really can't be dealing with tons of errors and searching down this driver or that. But in any case, thanks a lot for the help.
    In my opinion, in general, Linux is not yet suited to those who are both short on time/patience and long on expectations. Your hardware can certainly support a strong Linux installation, but (largely because it is a notebook) it is likely that some 'searching down of drivers', etc will be needed. I'd urge you to try some LiveCD distros to see how things go. Besides the convenience of getting a system running without having to install, these CDs are good for identifying what drivers are needed to make things work (provided they do work) and that information can then be carried over to a permanent install. Knoppix would be at the top of the list for a liveCD, as it is here: http://www.livecdlist.com/
    /IMHO
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