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Re: New Laptop



Mertens wrote:


Have just ordered a new Dell laptop P4 1.6 GHZ, 40 GIG HHD, and 256
RAM. Will be connected to a Linksys WIRELESS Router through a
wireless PCMCIA card. I plan to scrap the winXP preinstalled on it,
and Go with Linux.
On to the question. I have heard some problems with wireless cards,
any advice in this area. I will try to go back and read the
threads, I should have read in the first place, but since they did
not pertain to me I deleated.
Also have heard a lot of talk about RH 7.3 may not support new
hardware, and I may be better off with Mandrake 8.2. I know this is
a RH board, but if anyone has any info on Mandrake will handle this
config, please chime in.
Also I use heavily GAIM, or any chat program that can chat to MSN
Messager and AOL Instant messanger. I also like that I can do away
with Microsoft office, so wondering if Mandrake is the way to go,
does it have all these programs as well?

I use the D-Link DWL-650 PCMCIA wireless card (802.11b) and it works just fine. I'm using 7.3 on a Sony Vaio PCG-FXA36 (1GHz Athlon, 256M, 20GB) with no problem. Mandrake can handle some weird hardware better than RedHat--especially the 7.3 release. The install kernel is REALLY sucky 7.3...they really should use a different installer kernel. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- - Rick Stevens, Senior Systems Engineer rstevens vitalstream com - - VitalStream, Inc. http://www.vitalstream.com - - - - Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math. - ----------------------------------------------------------------------





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