[PLUG] Mandriva on laptop

Arun Khan knura at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 22 17:45:04 IST 2008

On Monday 22 Sep 2008, Ranjit Bhonsle wrote:
> Hello all,
> Today had the opportunity to show off to a Windows user.
> He has a AMD Toshiba laptop with Vista Enterprise and

Lappies are strange beasts.  Unlike desktops all components are tightly 
integrated by the OEM and certified with an **OEM** version of Windows.  
Install Windows from retail discs and you will most likely run into 
similar problems.

I have an AMD Turion 64 HP notebook (ATI 200M GPU, Broadcom WiFi) and 
each of the Linux distros have some quirks.

1. Ubuntu 8.04.1 - offers to install proprietary drivers for ATI 200M 
for accel. 3D graphics and firmware for WiFi.  WiFi works but the prop. 
ATI drivers does not!  Suspend and Hibernate do *not* work.

2. Mandriva 2008.1, Suspend and Hibernate *work*.  Have not investigated 
installing prop. drivers/firmware for ATI/Broadcom resp.

3. Fedora 9 - get 3D accel. graphics out of box but not WiFi.  
Suspend/Hibernate does not work.

I have ended up using Mandriva 2008.1 as suspend/hibernate is high on my 
wish list.

For laptops the best combo is to go with Intel chip sets.

Arun Khan

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