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    HeAdHuNtErGER NNTP User

    Question Drivers Support

    Hello everybody!

    I would like to know, weather this laptops drivers are available in Linux?
    Here is the notebook:
    FSC AMILO Si 2636 T8300 Vista HP
    Core 2 Duo 2.40GHz, 2GB RAM + 1GB Turbo Memory, 320GB HDD, 13.3" WXGA glare TFT 1280x800, DVD+/-RW DL, iGMA X3100 max. 384MB shared Memory, 3x USB2.0, FireWire, Modem, LAN, WLAN a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, eSATA, HDMI, Express Card/54, Webcam, Vista Home Premium

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    Default Re: Drivers Support

    Your best bet is to try the LiveCD. The most important piece of hardware is not in the list, the chipset. However, the GMA X3100 is the video device integrated with the chipset, so that means the machine probably uses an Intel GM965, which AFAIK is supported. The most likely issue, if there is one, will be with the wireless NIC. With wireless it all depends on the particular chip in the device - some are supported out-of-the-box, some work by using the Windows firmware, some can be wrapped with a piece of translator software, and some simply will not work at all. The LiveCD may help to identify the NIC's chip, even if it cannot provide a driver for it out-of-the-box; but you would at least know from there what to research.

    It often is useful to google for compatibility info, something like this:

    Code:
    AMILO Si 2636 T8300 (linux OR kernel OR ubuntu OR fedora OR opensuse)
    There are lot of google hits, but mostly in non-English, which I can't work through but perhaps you can.

    Again, I would give the LiveCD a try.

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    HeAdHuNtErGER NNTP User

    Default Re: Drivers Support

    Thx
    I will try!

    (Sorry, I am not so good at English! I am from Germany!)

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    HeAdHuNtErGER NNTP User

    Default Re: Drivers Support

    And a second Question:

    When do i use
    -32 Bit PC
    -64 Bit PC
    -PowerPC
    ?

    I dont undersand this!

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    Default Re: Drivers Support

    This refers to the CPU in your machine. Until a few years ago, all PC's were 32-bit. Many if not most recent CPU's are 64-bit, and so there are now 64-bit OS versions, too - however, if you are inexperienced with this (and your question indicates such), then it is wise to install 32-bit OS on the 64-bit machine. PowerPC is a CPU manufactured by IBM, not widely used on desktop or laptop machines.

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    Now I know that I have to download the 64 Bit Version, but now I have another Problem!

    I downloaded it twice with Firefox:
    Only 346 Mb? I dont think that Linux has only 346 Mb!

    I downloaded it twice with Obit-Downloader:
    I can not download it! When it is 99 %: Error!

    I NEED HELP!!!
    PLEASE!

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    HeAdHuNtErGER NNTP User

    Default Re: Drivers Support

    When I downloaded it with Orbit, there I had to download 4,34 GB!

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    Default Re: Drivers Support

    The second download size sounds about right. It is important to verify the file, even more so if the first download was faulty. You verify it using an md5sum (checksum) tool. The md5sum is on the download page; there are free checksum tools for Windows. It is important to do this before burning the DVD. If the iso file fails the md5sum check, then I suggest you download again but this time use a bitorrent client.

    After burning and when you first boot from the DVD, there is a "check media" option on the menu; you should do this too before trying to install - it will verify that the iso you downloaded was properly burned to the DVD disk.

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