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Pradip Bhat
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Hi,
I have Sony VAIO laptop with Windows Me installed.I am thinking of installing RedHat on it.AFAIK, it should not give any problem as latop has partitions.Has anybody here installed Linux on laptop? Did you face any problems related to device drivers etc?
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I just fninshed installing Mandrake 9.0 on my Dell Inspiron 8200.
The only problems I really had were the display drivers.
I have an NVidia GForce 440 Go. The drivers that come with Mandrake 9 don't work right, even though the driver names imply that they will. I had to skip the X Window Setup. Which makes it boot to the console. I downloaded the most recent RPM's from NVidia. Intsalled the RPM, made the appropriate changes to my X Config file, and now it works like a champ. 1400x1050 Res at 24 Bits. My wireless NIC works, I can watch DVD's, it's wonderful. I am just about ready to dump my windows partician, except I have to have something to play games on.
If you have any problems, you can ask them here, and I will check back on this thread often.
Good Luck.
 
Pradip Bhat
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Hi Greg,
Thanks.I am going for Red Hat.
 
Gregg Bolinger
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Red Hat == Mandrake == Red Hat
It's all the same.
 
Greg Harris
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i installed redhat 7.0 and then 7.1 on my *old* sony vaio a couple years ago... no problems.
my vaio is a 366, PII with 64M of RAM and a 6G hdd (4G, 2G partitions)
obviously, i could not install everything - so i just ran gnome for a while and then tried kde. also, the boot was very slow - but that was because i did not have enough RAM. this should not be a problem with your vaio.
 
Asad Zaman
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Hi Rahul,
I installed RedHat 8.0 in my laptop SHARP MEBIUS in which Windows XP Home Edition is installed.
I found no problem.
I bought this SHARP 3 months back. It's spec is AMD Athlon4 1.1GHz, RAM 128MB+256MB, HDD 40GB, CD-ROM/CDRW/DVD included(i meant not a USB-port CDROM drive). Actually I bought it for Solaris 9. But the Solaris 9 (intel) installer was crashed each time i tried. So i sacrified my desk top for solaris, and share RedHat with Windows XP in my laptop.
When i bought this SHARP, it had only two partitions. So i delete the XP, made 4 partitions and installed the XP first in the first partition, and insalled RedHat8.0 next in the 3rd partition. I thought RedHar required at least 2 partitions for installation (one for swap). But RedHat8 was smarter, it took some space from its ext3 partition for SWAP.
I found some problem with my mouse for the first time. But soon i found that the USB mouse was configured for default. I reconfigured it with PS/2 mouse and found the SHARP the most useful tool for me to study LINUX.
I configured X window during installaion process, which some people Discourage. But i was fine with X window too.
I am happy to say that, i could use ADSL from my cute REDHAT linux without any extra configuration (except some settings during installation process)
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Jon Entwistle
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I have RedHat 7.0 on my Dell inspiron 4000 - no problem. I used Partition magic to shift around the partitions (and boot magic to deal with the dual boot) so no need to resort to fdisk.
The only problem you probably will find is finding a modem driver if you hav a winmodem
http://www.idir.net/~gromitkc/winmodem.html
Cheers,
Jon
 
Guy Allard
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Redhat will be fine on a Vaio, I've done it.
you should run a kernel build after you get it going - there is an option that says 'this is a Sony laptop'.
Luck, Guy
 
Peter Tran
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Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger:
1400x1050 Res at 24 Bits.

That's insane. Are you using a magnifying glass to look at the screen? Does the notebook resolution even support it?
 
stephen Kang
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i guess both mandrake and redhat will be okay with vaio.
I am using redhat8.0 with dell inspiron 8200.
graphic card GeForce 440 Go.
If you use nvidia's card, u better download drivers from nvidia.
another thing is if you want to dual boot, no problem with GRUB in MBR. but when u are going to mess up with partition thing some reason, you should go with first boot section , such as /dev/hda5 ...
nowadays, using linux on laptop is really easy job.
you could install Solaris 9 on your laptop. Unfortunately, dell laptop is not compatible with solaris 9.( i mean you should hack around a lot
 
Ashok Mash
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Originally posted by Peter Tran:

That's insane. Are you using a magnifying glass to look at the screen? Does the notebook resolution even support it?

Well, I have a Dell Inspiron 8200 and its resolution is 1600 x 1200 at 32bit. Its a 15" LCD though.
 
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