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Hey guys, after my recent (failed) attempt at getting Vista RTM to run on my trusty Dell Inspiron 2600. (because of lack of drivers) I am looking for a Linux variant that will let me run normal resolutions (1024x768) and keep my onboard ethernet and PCMCIA Linksys Wifi card working well. I only use this lappy to surf when my main rig is torn apart or missing parts so Firefox is just about the only thing I would need. Xp Pro was working perfectly but I've always wanted to delve into the Linux world, it'd be cool to play with something different.

Basically:
Run normal resolutions at 16/32bit
Utilize my onboard ethernet
Work with a PCMCIA Linksys Wifi card (Model WPC11 or WPC54G, I have both)
Possibly look a little snazzier than Xp (possibly that awesome cube, but not sure what is used to run that)

Specs:
The graphics controller is an "Intel 830M Extreme Graphics"
1.2Ghz Celeron
512mb
20GB HDD

Thanks guys!
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http://www.physics.ucsb.edu/~taro/co...0/install.html

That link will explain how to install debian onto your dell - I didnt read it through at all, as Im still searching for other alternatives since I hate debian.

EDIT: here is the master site for running any linux on any laptop -- some AMAZINGLY good info here, Linux users are the most in-depth users, ever. I swear - they usually document EVERYTHING to the letter. http://www.linux-laptop.net/dell.html
    
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i like xandros and suse...i dont care much for ubuntu(to much like osx for me) but it seem like a lot of people i know like it
    
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i like xandros and suse...i dont care much for ubuntu(to much like osx for me) but it seem like a lot of people i know like it
Which one looks better? And will they both work with my hardware? (Wifi card+onboard ethernet+onboard GFX)

And what distro supports "the cube"?
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It looks like SUSE supports the cube awesomeness, how can I find out if my hardware is supported?
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Off Topic Warning: Do you Oc that celeron of yours? What are your temps?
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Off Topic Warning: Do you Oc that celeron of yours? What are your temps?
Nope, its a laptop, never tried because I'm sure I wouldn't get very far.. there isnt even a sensor on the die to monitor the temp.. (or were you talking about a celeron from my for sale thread?)
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I'd try Ubuntu or Fedora or Suse. All are good and have pretty good hardware support. Ubuntu I think is the one with the better hardware support. They all support the cube, and it should run on that hardware. Fedora and Suse are both 5 CDs and Ubuntu is 1 CD, so that might help you in your decision.
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Yea, go for Ubuntu, or Kubuntu...
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I'd try Ubuntu or Fedora or Suse. All are good and have pretty good hardware support. Ubuntu I think is the one with the better hardware support. They all support the cube, and it should run on that hardware. Fedora and Suse are both 5 CDs and Ubuntu is 1 CD, so that might help you in your decision.
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Yea, go for Ubuntu, or Kubuntu...
Good deal, I actually have Ubuntu downloaded, just have to throw it onto a disk.. The one thing I'm worried about is the wifi card...
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