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Re: [OCLUG-Tech] Choosing a 64-bit Linux distro for my laptop

  • Subject: Re: [OCLUG-Tech] Choosing a 64-bit Linux distro for my laptop
  • From: "Brenda J. Butler" <bjb [ at ] sourcerer [ dot ] ca>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:57:02 -0400
What's the exact model of wifi chipset/card you have?

lspci can give some info about it.  lspci -n as well.
Apparently lspci -vv gives lots of extra info.

It would be hard to tell what distro can work with your card
without knowing what exact card.  Not that I would have any
idea, but other people might be able to help you with this

You maybe be able to keep a stock distro, but just add a new
repo to get a special prebuilt module for that distro/version.
If you're lucky and trusting/desperate enough.


On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 01:59:17PM -0400, Brian Barber wrote:
> Good afternoon, everyone. I have an older, not-exactly stock Dell Inspiron
> 1501 (AMD 64-bit CPU, 4G RAM and a 120G SSD) that I want to use for general
> purpose computing and for ingesting a bunch of video from older VHS and
> MiniDV tapes.  I have a USB RCA adapter and a FireWire PCExpress card to
> help with this.
> Believe it or not, I cannot successfully install Ubuntu (various
> versions) on it.  It not only does not recognize the Broadcom wifi adapter,
> it has some deep-seated hatred of it.  I get kernel panics whenever the OS
> tries to load modules for it, and I have made numerous attempts to fix this
> with no joy.  Google inspiron 1501linux wireless and see that I'm not alone
> (and I'm a pretty seasoned Linux guy.)  I must have tried everything
> suggested in the first five pages of search results.
> Is there anyone on the list who can suggest a good disto to try anew.  I
> have used Debian-based distros for a loooong time, but I am wide open to
> trying anything Debian-based, or not.  The laptop is bare metal now.
> Perhaps there is something nifty out there that is worth a shot.  BTW, I
> would rather not go the Slackware/Gentoo BIY route.
> Thanks,
> Brian
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