First of all - I am not an English speaking native, so it is sometimes difficult to search for the right things. I have tried searching for solutions to my problems and could not find any, but I am more than happy to be directed to a solution!
I am going through distros one by one trying to find one I can recommend to my readers. I write a weekly newspaper column about computers and need something that is as easy as possible. So this is my first attempt at Mint. The download took a loooong time as I am living in a small village in Brazil. I wish I had the internet speed I used to have back home in Norway...
I am installing the latest version of Mint on a laptop. Here are the spec's:
IBM ThinkPad A30p
P3 1,2 GHz
40 GB HD
512 MB RAM
DVD reader/CD writer
2 PCcard slots
LAN 100/10 Mbit
15 inch screen with 1600x1200 resolution
ATI Mobility Radeon 32 MB
2 x USB 1.1
Sound (do not remember the chipset)
Norwegian keyboard layout
Support for external monitor
Should in theory work fine... But here are my problems so far -
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu all are able to detect the graphics board and I can use the correct resolution. Mint starts in 640x480 and this does not even allow me to see all of some of the dialogue boxes. I do not have the option of using higher resolution in Mint.
I almost got Kubuntu to work, but could not figure out how to get the wireless network to function. So I was hoping that if it is possible to get past the display problems, Mint would fix the wireless as well.
Anyone out there willing to help me a little? I am totally new on Mint. Tried installing ATI drivers even if Envy stated it did not have a match. And thinking back to the other distros, it should probably not be necessay. So I will do a reinstall so everything is clean for anyone that want to give me a hand getting it to work. Is it too much to ask that the ATI Mobility Radeon should be supported right out of the box? Maybe it is WAY too old?
I think there are a lot of laptops around that could work pretty ok with Linux. I am certainly hoping for a couple of more years on this laptop as a surfing pc.