Posted 15 May 2006 - 01:05 AM
about the ntfs. linux can read data from an ntfs partition but it cannot write to it. when you install a linux distro it will resize the ntfs partition and create "extended partitions" in the free space available. some distros can do this very easily some cannot. i think mandriva is the best at doing this. i don't know suse very well.
about the hardware problems. one of the reasons for running a live cd/dvd is to check for hardware compatibility. i don't think installing will help. it may be possible to solve or fix any problems but it can get complicated. i would recommend trying out some different live cd's.
here's a nice list of live cd'shttp://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php
this little test may help you find the right distro.http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/index.php?firsttime=true
i installed mandriva as a total newb with no problems. am still running it.
Edited by cybormoron, 15 May 2006 - 01:10 AM.
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