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« on: October 10, 2009, 06:30:12 AM »

So I was having a hell of a time trying to get linux on a friend's laptop.  I was trying to get a lightweight and decently quick one considering it's a turd 1.8 sempron w/ 512mb ram.  Flavor after flavor would lock up while still in the preload text bit. WattOS - real light, Xange, Gentoo,  even tried PCBSD.  Xange I actually got to boot but locked after using for a bit.  Bounced my probs of mitchell and he's been rockin Ubuntu on his mini-pc w/o incident for quite a while so I gave it a go.  So I downloaded the early 9.10 release and it installed w/o a hitch, been loading it up w/ some kick ass open source software from "Ubuntu Software Center", I'm such a geek I've been playin Tux Typing.  I've gotta hand it to the Ubuntu team, its some solid software.  Still don't have the wireless driver though, stupid broadcom 43xx - found a post on how to compile one, but I'm still figuring the ins and outs so haven't gotten it done yet.

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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2009, 06:39:36 AM »

Fo sho, those drivers can be a pain.

Look at these links and see if they help http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=405990, https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx, http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1286763, https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/415472, http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=740392.

They get better as they get to the end of the list.  Reading all those should get it working sooner than you think.
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