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Advise needed. . .for laptop

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 5:22 am
by veron123
Hi there,
I am intending to get the acer 4920G laptop with these specs:

•Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T7500
(2.2GHz, 800MHz FSB, 4MB L2 cache)
•Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (dual-band quad mode
802.11a/b/g/Draft-N) network connection
• Genuine Microsoft® Windows Vista® Home Premium
• Intel® 965PM Express chipset
• ATI Mobility™ Radeon™ HD 2400XT
• 3GB DDR II RAM
• 250GB S-ATA HDD
• 14.1” WXGA Acer CrystalBrite™ colour TFT LCD
• DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive (DVD+/-RW)
• Built-in Bluetooth® 2.0+EDR
• 5-in-1 card reader
• Integrated Acer CrystalEye 0.3 Megapixel webcam

I am wondering if I can get linux mint working on this laptop because not sure if I can find suitable hardware drivers.
Hope to hear from u soon!
Thanks!!!

Re: Advise needed. . .for laptop

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 5:31 am
by solar1951
Hi,
I did a quick search on the Ubuntu forums - Mint is based on Ubuntu - and there are some issues with that video card so you may have to work at it.
Have a read yourself http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php? ... ght=2400XT

Re: Advise needed. . .for laptop

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:02 am
by MagnusB
The wireless have some issue with /b networks as well, but I did get decent speeds with /g networks (very decent indeed). One thing that I can't really answer on is the webcam. I am guessing it is most likely not a Acer one, but just re branded to Acer, and I am not sure of who Acer uses... But that Windows Vista thing is known to cause major troubles!

Re: Advise needed. . .for laptop

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:58 am
by jokersloose
One idea is to take the LiveCD with you to the store and boot it up and see what happens.

James

Re: Advise needed. . .for laptop

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:10 pm
by McLovin
The Windows Vista problem is actually with Toshiba's, I have an Acer desktop and have it dual booting Vista and Mint no problems, one thing to keep in mind though, Acer puts the system restore on the FIRST partition of the harddrive, so when you start dual booting you will be presented with 2 Windows Vista options, you will want the second one, but when you are in Mint you can edit your /boot/grub/menu.list and change the names of the installs (this is what I did, not the locations or the OS's themselves, just what it says in the Grub screen).
The video card will be an issue, it will run, but you will not have any kind of 3D effects or anything, to get them you have to install the ATI drivers, there are a few different ways of doing this, Envy, Restricted driver manager, or the way I went, dl the driver from ATI and then run and compile it yourself. The route you take will depend mostly on what you want to do with it, and hat your skil level is. If gaming is in mind, you probably shouldn't go the laptop route, but some have had luck that way, so.

Re: Advise needed. . .for laptop

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:32 pm
by BAD
Those are good specs for a laptop.
I would rather have an AMD processor than an Intel.
Dell has a laptop with Ubuntu if you have really big concerns with Linux working. They also load DVD codecs on it
The Dell with Ubuntu is cheaper than the same model with Windows so you do save money.
If they let you use a live CD to test the laptop as Joker mentioned I believe PCLOS will install wireless from the CD.

Re: Advise needed. . .for laptop

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:47 pm
by MagnusB
That wireless card has open source drivers, so that should not be an issue. Ubuntu, Mint and OpenSuSE supports that card out of the box, probably more, but I am sure of those!

Re: Advise needed. . .for laptop

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:51 pm
by veron123
Hi thanks for your response.
I think no matter what 's gotta happen.
I am going ahead with buying this,
so I suppose the main problem is with the webcam and graphics card rite?
I think I will just wait for it to become workable.
Ok? :)