[clug] Linux on new Dell laptops
crash at michaelcarden.net
Mon Aug 22 08:20:44 GMT 2005
Some M70 and X1 Dell laptops arrived at work today.
First impressions: M70, very heavy. X1, very small and very light.
Mission one, boot to a DOS prompt with networking so I can get Ghost to image
the hard drive before I mess with it. Bzzzt. Can't seem to build a boot CD
with functional Broadcom gigabit networking.
So, never mind that and on to mission two. Install Linux alongside XP. Not too
hard on the M70. Boot into Knoppix and run qparted to resize the win
partition. D'oh... don't forget to unmount the drive. Oh, look. It's sda not
hda. Okay, all good. Install FC4. Oh, the graphical installer starts an X
server, delivers a white screen and that's all. Let's do it in text mode.
Okay, looks good. Have to solve that X problem when the install finishes.
Over to the X1. Boot Knoppix. Oh, doesn't work on the USB drive. Let's see.
Suse live CD? Nope. FreeBSD live CD? Nope. Rescue CD? Nope. Where's that
Hoary live CD?
Okay. Looks like the USB drive upsets live CDs. How will I repartition the
To be (I hope) continued...
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