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post #1 of 12
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well i want to install linux on a dell machine i acquired.

my worries, are i looked for the drivers, but i can't find any for linux.

anyone know where i can get dell drivers for linux?
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I am definitely no linux expert but I my experiences distros like Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS typically take care of that for you. You will want to get graphics card drivers though.

I would recommend trying Ubuntu out first and using ubuntuguide.org for help.
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what specific drivers are you looking for?

i've installed ubuntu on about 5 different machines and never needed to install anything more than linux's restricted drivers (easily installed)
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I have never had to install any drivers. Most distros include needed drivers especially if it is an older rig. May have to find video card drivers though.
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Psh, who needs drivers.

Most distros, like people said, include drivers for most things.
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Psh, who needs drivers.
Lol
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post #8 of 12
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thats awesome.

well i guess then all i need is drivers for a radeon 9250

other than that. im trying to dual boot with xp which is currently installed, i have another partition on the hdd to install linux to, about 50 gb.

is there a specific way i need to do this to dual boot?
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just boot with the ubuntu cd, when you get to the partition manager part you will see the partition with xp and the empty partition. just choose to install on the empty partion, it will automatically configure grub for you to dual boot.
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post #10 of 12
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thats awesome.

well i guess then all i need is drivers for a radeon 9250

other than that. im trying to dual boot with xp which is currently installed, i have another partition on the hdd to install linux to, about 50 gb.

is there a specific way i need to do this to dual boot?
The radeon driver may be built in if you're using the newest Ubuntu release, it may just be restricted and all you'll have to do is enable it.

As for this being your first install, and you want to dual boot, try this. It pretty much handles it for you with a few drop down menus. It's very easy. Good luck .
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