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Re: Linux Distros

I think I'll try running gnome on mine but if it doesn't work well I may try LXDE as well. It's not that my laptop is weak. It has a Intel P-4 2.4 Ghz proc and 2 GB of memory. It's just old and its hard to find a good driver for the ATI mobility 9000 chipset.  I used to have full 3-d acceleration with it with various Linux distros several years ago but not anymore.

On Nov 1, 2010 9:42 AM, "Robert G. (Doc) Savage" <dsavage@peaknet.net> wrote:
> Kevin,
> I'm running 32-bit Fedora 13 (upgrading to 14 as I write this) on an old
> IBM ThinkPad A22p with an ATI Mobility 128 AGP 2X chipset. Quite frankly
> it has been a struggle to keep Fedora running with the Linux R128
> driver. The xorg system incorrectly detects the horizontal sync
> frequency, so I had to compose and use a small /etc/X11/xorg.conf file
> to get it running in full 1600x1200 video mode. Mine doesn't support 3D
> at all, but I'm thankful I no longer have to use VESA which is now
> almost completely useless.
> I still use the GNOME desktop on this machine, but may have to step back
> to something a little lighter weight like LXDE.
> --Doc
> On Sat, 2010-10-30 at 17:34 -0500, Kevin Thomas wrote:
>> For those of you who run Fedora, how would you describe its hardware
>> compatibility? The reason I ask is because I have an older laptop (got
>> it in 2003) that has an ATI Mobility 9000 chipset. I used to use Ubuntu
>> on my laptop, but it seems they have dropped support for this card
>> because I've had lots of problems with Ubuntu and graphics since 9.10.
>> I haven't been able to use 3D acceleration or advanced desktop effects
>> since Ubuntu 8.10. I couldn't even get 10.04 to install correctly. I
>> switched to Linux Mint and I had no problems at all. I still can't get
>> advanced features from my graphics chipset (it seems to be using a
>> standard VGA driver), but at least I can do most of the things I need
>> to. Anyway, I was thinking of installing Fedora 14 on this laptop in a
>> dual-boot with Linux Mint to see how I like it. It works fine in a
>> virtual machine, but that's not always an accurate depiction of how it
>> will work once actually installed.
>> Kevin
>> On 10/28/2010 07:07 PM, Nathaniel R. Reindl wrote:
>> > On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 11:43 AM, Bill Weiler<willyweiler@gmail.com> wrote:
>> >
>> >> I have Ubuntu 10.04 on my laptop and Fedora 13 on my desktop. Both are dual
>> >> boot Windows machines although I use Linux almost exclusively.
>> >>
>> > I run mostly Red Hat derivatives these days since my desktop boxes are
>> > either some recent version of Windows NT (Server 2008 R2 seems to be a
>> > popular choice) or OS X.
>> >
>> > I'd run Ubuntu (or some other Ubuntu-inspired Debian derivative), but
>> > I really can't see the point given that I have no use at all for
>> > Canonical's Landscape management/monitoring platform, let alone things
>> > like newer software versions.
>> >
>> > Besides, if I need newer versions of software (mostly things from
>> > CPAN), I'll just rebuild the RPMs myself. :^)
>> >
>> >
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