Satellite M35-S359 support

Ok, I have a Satellite M35-S359 I am looking to install Linux on for a friend, but wanted to make sure that all the hardware would be supported first, main thing being the wireless. As I looked though the “HCL/Netowrk Adapters” and for 11.1 it does not show (Intel pro 2100 3B Mini-PCI). I am DLing the ISO now so I thought I would get as much of a heads up as I can of what I might run into trouble wise with this install.

Satellite M35-S359
Pentium M 1.40GHz
Intel pro wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200

Also, would KDE run good on this or should I go with Xfce? This will be for your normal e-mail and web surfing, OO etc etc, that’s about it.

Have you tried a live cd of openSUSE or is that what you are downloading?
Sysreqs - openSUSE
Some users have had problems with only 512RAM and installing from the Live CD.

But trying the Live CD is a good way to get the feel of things. I would say get the latest spin of kde4 form here if you want kde4: “KDE Four Live” CD](

Installation/11.1 Live CD - openSUSE

Personally I prefer the DVD and if the RAM seems to be an issue, then the DVD would be the way to go. And it has options for kde3 or xfce too.

All the desktops will run ok, it’s just a question of the live cd installer?

I am DLing the DVD, I have a live CD but it’s 64bit, and the laptop is not. I know all the deaktops will run fine, I am just looking for the most “snappy” feel and think that Xfce will just be a better choice for the under powered hardware. I guess I will install KDE and see how it feels, if not I will just reinstall with Xfce.

If you want kde, I would suggest kde3
kde4.1.3 kind of sucks, unless you update to 4.2.4 or even 4.3

Ah, so I am guessing 11.1 only comes with 4.1.3? Mind giving me the long and short of why 4.1.3 sucks?

It’s kind of buggy and lacking polish. You can easily update to 4.2.4 or 4.3
KDE4.2.* (How To Add) Guide. - openSUSE Forums

KDE4.3.* Upgrade - HowTo - openSUSE Forums

I say easily, it’s not simple and I’m not sure I would recommend it. I use 4.3 and it’s just brilliant.
But gnome or kde3 offer rock solid stability, and if it’s for a friend you want it so they can easily update etc…

Yes, this is for a freind, so I need it as seamless and stable as can be. Also why I was looking at Xfce is because they are use to dualcore, 4gb laptops and I just know if I install KDE I will never hear the end of “it’s slow”. I will be upgrading the drive to a 320gb WD and try and talk them into going with a 1gb ram upgrade, so that should help speed out abit.

Or consider: SuSE -

It so quick!

Ok…To many options lol, which is the better choice out of Xfce and LXDE?

xfce is more established but lxde is just so quick. I can’t really say, but I guess xfce would be the logical choice.

I don’t mind using something thats less “established” unless by that you mean untested/stable. Is there really that big of a change in speed of Xfce vs LXDE? If so I will give it a go, from what I have seen the overall look and feel is kind of Xfceie.

Give it a go. You will probably need to install both anyway. LXDE is not an option in the installer, Xfce is. Just remember to un-check the auto-login box in the installer, then once you have added LXDE you can easily switch from one DE to the other:
Installation/11.1 DVD Install - openSUSE

un-check: Installation/11.1 DVD Install - openSUSE

Some thoughts on this.

For installation, you get the most flexibilty on the DVD (where you can choose Gnome, KDE4.1.3, Other (KDE-3.5.10, xfce, minimal (fvwm/tvwm), or ascii)).

My recommendation, is for simplicity, do not install KDE-4.1.3 from the DVD, nor from the official Novel/SuSE-GmbH LiveCD. Instead install from a liveCD with the desktop already mostly setup. Specifically chose to install from either the openSUSE-11.1:

With all of those, after installation, the repositories can be setup for normal application updates/3rd-party packages. And a lot of the pain will have been taken away in setting up the appropriate desktop.

Without doubt, on the PC you quote, Enlightenment live CD (SOAD) will give the BEST performance on that PC. It was updated just a day or two ago. But it may have more bugs as I suspect it has been tested less (this is speculation on my part). I tried an older version on my sandbox PC on a sublan, and the internet did not work, and hence I did not try it further. But I suspect there was a DNS setup hiccup (where the live CD grabbed internal sublan ips as the dns) that I could have fixed had I taken the time to experiment/debug.

Well, so far it’s been a no go. Can’t get it to install right it seems, when I tried installing with Xfce, I would be taken to a gray screen after install asking for user name, and after that the password in which I was unable to type…Or do anything other than power off the PC. I tired many times, then went and installed with KDE which made it to the desktop (but not before hanging on reboot) and once there everything was very glitchy and things would crash and hang for no reason. I then booted from the disk and did the repair steps and it would say that a few things were missing or changed and that the boot manager was messed up. After letting it do it’s thing I would then be shown another screen saying “An error occurred during the installation”. I am thinking maybe I got a bad image? I am reDLing now, whatever the case, I am to tired to mess with it anymore, it’s time to sleep.

There is a media check option on the DVD menu when you boot it.

And you don’t need to re-download, unless you deleted the original. If it was downloaded with bittorrent just re-check the pieces. You can even add a .iso downloaded with http or ftp to a torrent client and re-check it.

k3b will give you the md5sum of the .iso when you load it to burn. But you still need to check the burned dvd using the media check from the dvd menu.

Indeed, further to caf4926’s advice, after confirming the md5sum matches that of the web site, when you burn, do so at the slowest speed of your burner. Use a high quality media (ie do NOT use an RW, … use an -R or +R of high quality - not some no-name basement bargain brand ). Try not to burn on a PC that is many many years newer than the PC that it is to be run on (as there can be large calibration differences between burner and reader).

The ISO I already deleted, and I was to tried and lazy to run the checksum. I also never burn to RW, and I also burned at the slowest (1X) speed of my burner using ImgBurn. I can’t avoid the newer computer part though, it’s all I have. The torrent is done, so I guess I am going to give it another go, will report back on how things go.

Ok, after getting the new ISO I checked the MD5 and it came back good, so I went ahead and tried doing the install again…Same problem, this is the screen I get after install and reboot:

Any tips?

There are various live CDs. Which one are you using?

I am using the install DVD, trying to install with Xfce.