Newbie questions about Drivers and Performance Installing Linux

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  1. ofirnak91

    ofirnak91 New Member

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    Hello I'm new to the whole Linux OS overall concept and I'm just figuring it out before installing it for the first time :)

    My dad's laptop has 1 GB of RAM and 1.5 GHz (Atom) and barely runs windows 7 starter ..
    In case I wanted to install Linux Mint/Ubuntu:

    1. Is Linux installs itself with Internet Drivers? or should I download those first?
    2. Windows 7 starter is Built-in the laptop, knowing it takes resources from the computer anyway, would installing Linux still get better performance?
    - On the same assumption is "Fresh Installation" still available? If not - what's the best alternative?
    3. Can anyone post an - easy to understand - link for how to divide the partitions?

    Thanks in advance!!!

     
  2. Rob

    Rob Administrator Staff Member

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    Hey there - welcome to Linux Forum!

    Do you know the laptop brand/model? From what i've seen, if it came with Windows 7, Linux should perform well on it..

    Post up the brand/model of it and we'll see what others have experienced with it..
     
  3. ofirnak91

    ofirnak91 New Member

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    Hey Rob thank you and also thanks for the quick reply :)

    actually I want to install Linux on 3 (same level) different Laptops:
    ASUS eee pc (1 GB RAM, 1.5 GHz, atom CPU) running windows 7 starter.
    DELL INSPIRON mini (1 GB RAM, 1.66 GHz, atom CPU) running windows 7 starter.
    HP Pavilion dv6000 (1 GB RAM, 1.8 GHz, don't know what CPU) running windows vista home premium.

    All run very poorly that's why I want to install Linux on them.
     
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    ofirnak91 New Member

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    Thanks again Rob but I still didn't quite got some things:
    1. is Linux installs itself WITH internet drivers?
    2. would Linux still produce better performance even knowing windows 7 is built-in (no fresh install)?
     
  6. Rob

    Rob Administrator Staff Member

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    No problem...

    1. Yes, Linux does in most cases pair up the best drivers with your hardware during install
    2. The laptops should seem quicker with Linux on them when comparing to Windows.
     
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    Awesome thanks! and about section 2:
    should seem quicker EVEN IF it's not a Fresh Install (use partitions.. windows 7 is built-in)?
     
  8. Rob

    Rob Administrator Staff Member

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    Yep - Linux doesn't care if windows is on another partition or drive in the same machine.. Windows won't be running at the time that Linux is running if you are doing a dual-boot..
     
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    ofirnak91 New Member

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    Thanks for your patience and quick responses!
     
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    The Dell may have problems with WiFi, SEE THIS on BroadCom wireless and Linux.
     
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    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    I really don't think you will have issues with the HP. I always go with HP/Compaq, never had issues so far. Just make sure to use the newest kernel. ;)
     
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    That was not only helpful for you but also for the rest of us..i am actually a noob to linux as well..so it helped a lot..
     
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    As a follow up, I got the Broadcom Wireless on the Dell Latitude, I set up recently, to work very easily with the latest Ubuntu.

    IIRC, it just worked right away after I downloaded and installed the proper driver from the repository.
     

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