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#1 2006-05-22 12:46:27

Mr Green
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Just got a cheap lappy

Hi,

I have just got a cheap laptop its only got a 40gb drive so just wondered what size partitions to use ? (/home / etc /boot swap etc...)

emmm is it ok to use reiserfs or should I stick with ext2/3

Have had knoppix running on it seems ok

It came with xp preloaded & I need to nuke it fast lol

Of course I will be running Openbox on it ;-)...

Biggest problem I may have is setting up network unless I can run it via bluetooth lol... keeping Arch up to date may be a problem


TIA


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#2 2006-05-22 13:18:36

iphitus
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Registered: 2004-10-09
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Re: Just got a cheap lappy

what wireless chipset? a majority of them are supported to varying levels under Arch, with relatively easy configuration.

this lappy im using now is running arch, 40gb hdd, 9gb /, 512mb swap, * /home. Although you might consider chucking a couple of extra 5gb partitions in there somewhere if you want to try other distros without nuking arch.

Yeah, my arch partition is excessively large, but it lets me install whatever I want, and retain all my cache without any concerns about hdd space. It's just comfortable.

James

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#3 2006-05-22 13:23:35

Mr Green
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Re: Just got a cheap lappy

I'll check what I have got get back to you ... just loaded up ubuntu to test it .... shhhh I know .... lol

Then I'll grab Arch & load it up ...

emm beyond on me lappy nice ;-)

[Edit] wlan is in dmesg not sure if that helps ....


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#4 2006-05-23 10:17:42

Mr Green
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Re: Just got a cheap lappy

Right I have Arch up & running ....

/boot partition is a little tight at 10mb lol ...  :oops:  forgot how big initrd stuff is

Not happy with screen set up ... supposed to be a widescreen display may have to google for that

I need to remove those horrible MS stickers from it any ideas (looks for hammer & chisel!)

TIA


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#5 2006-05-23 14:47:56

sh__
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Re: Just got a cheap lappy

Mr Green wrote:

I need to remove those horrible MS stickers from it any ideas (looks for hammer & chisel!)

http://tuxmobil.org/howto_remove_microsoft_label.html

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#6 2006-05-23 15:08:33

Mr Green
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Re: Just got a cheap lappy

Dude a hairdryer did the trick lol......

Got screen setup now ;-)

Errr tried out suspend under KDE (don't laugh!) It suspened alright but then I could not get it to wake up lol... need to read up more

extra keys I have set using a package call acerk

Would like to see wlan working emmm maybe I could set it up & test it at some local hotspot ....

I am going to setup openbox soon ..... but me being lazy loaded kde to get stuff up & running

my /boot partition (16mb) seems a little tight what sort of size should I use?

sound is up....

Not sure I could live with usig touchpad all the time, may grab usb mouse lol

Any tips or links to using a linux laptop would be a help

TIA


Mr Green

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