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Dell Inspiron 1501 which Linux ?


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#1 Habesque

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Posted 22 May 2015 - 08:49 PM

Hi I am looking for a Linux distro that will work out of the box with a Dell Inspiron 1501 where I am a complete beginner with Linux and I have heard things about the Inspiron due to a Broadcom/Dell wireless card that can be tricky to set up.

 

If it helps any, here are the computer specs as per a Piriform Speccy scan ;

 

Operating System : Win XP Home 32 bit SP3
CPU Name : Mobile AMD Sempron 5000+ 90 nm Technology.
CPU Specification : ( AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor TK-53 )
RAM : 2.00 GB Single Channel DDR2 @ 242 MHz ( 4-4-4-12)
Motherboard : Dell Inc. OUW744 ( Socket M2/S1G1 ).
Motherboard Chipset : ATI Xpress 200 ( RS480 )
Graphics : ATI Radeon Express 1150
Storage : 111GB Western Digital WDC WD1200BEVS-75USTO ( SATA), WD Scorpio
Optical Drive : HL-DT-ST DRD+-RW GSA-T11N
Audio : SigmaTel High Definition Audio Codec
Network LAN : Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller - Packet Scheduler Miniport.
Network WIFI : Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card - Packet Scheduler Miniport

 

 

 

Has anyone been there with this machine and can recommend a distro that works out of the box ?

 

My plans for now is to dual boot with XP due to a need to use Photoshop, Gimp is a whole new learning curve.


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Posted 22 May 2015 - 09:42 PM

Hi Habesque welcome to BC and Linux.

 

Broadcom/Dell wireless card that can be tricky to set up.

It can be, There are a few members here who have set it up so you might be in luck.
If not you could always buy a WiFi dongle on Ebay.
Nano USB 802.11n WiFi N Wireless Adapter Mini Network Dongle For PC Laptop
I have that exact model and it works fine, No instalation needed.
 
 
Try Linux Mint 17 XFCE.
http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_qiana_xfce_whatsnew.php
 
My suggestion is that you download Mint burn the ISO to DVD or USB, Then boot your PC from the disk or USB as a live boot and try it out. Do you need help with this?


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Posted 22 May 2015 - 11:02 PM

Hi Habesque welcome to BC and Linux.

 

Broadcom/Dell wireless card that can be tricky to set up.

It can be, There are a few members here who have set it up so you might be in luck.
If not you could always buy a WiFi dongle on Ebay.
Nano USB 802.11n WiFi N Wireless Adapter Mini Network Dongle For PC Laptop
I have that exact model and it works fine, No instalation needed.
 
 
Try Linux Mint 17 XFCE.
http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_qiana_xfce_whatsnew.php
 
My suggestion is that you download Mint burn the ISO to DVD or USB, Then boot your PC from the disk or USB as a live boot and try it out. Do you need help with this?

 Thank You for the welcome NickAu

 

Mint eh, well this night I  downloaded Mint 17.1 Cinnamon ' Rebecca ' as I liked what I saw on Youtube

 

And Imgburn and WinMD5free and everything checks out and I will burn an ISO tomorrow- bit late now.

 

But will 17.1 Cinnamon do in place of XFCE ?

 

If not I will download   XFCE  ' Qianna ' tommorrow night when my net is free again.

 

As to help, I don't know yet, but thanks for asking and will ask if I become stuck.

 

 

And the card, I will look into that-thanks,


Edited by Habesque, 22 May 2015 - 11:10 PM.


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Posted 22 May 2015 - 11:23 PM

I would also recommend looking at Ubuntu MATE 15.04 great distro, and has the option like Mint to set it up to be very XP like in its configuration and workflow. 


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Posted 22 May 2015 - 11:27 PM

 

But will 17.1 Cinnamon do in place of XFCE ?

Yes that's fine, Try it out, Most people try a few Linux distros before settling on 2 or 3 to use.

 

You could also try puppy Linux. Same thing just download it and burn it to CD/ USB. Puppy may seem small but it's  big on features and performance. This is Linux on steroids LOL.

http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm

 

This will give you an idea what puppy is like.


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Posted 23 May 2015 - 12:43 AM

Habesque,  Welcome to BC.com.  If you want one that will work out of the box then this is a very nice distro LXLE.  I have tried it and our member Adviser Al000 is using it.  He is quite knowledgeable so would be of great help.

 

http://lxle.net/  or http://www.bodhilinux.com/ Should also work with that wireless card.  Otherwise you will have to install it with Mint, but should be doable.

 

I like Mint though, so think you are on the right track in starting there! wooohoo! they have a good support site also.

 

If you plan on getting more RAM download the 64bit, otherwise stick with the 32bit.  Don't know if your system supports 4gb, it should say in your speccy.  


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Posted 23 May 2015 - 01:13 AM

I forgot, it only supports 2gb of RAM, but, I would love to see a Crucial Scan done just to be sure.

 

I ran xfce recently and loved it, hope you check it out.  Looks like you have run it too! 


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Posted 23 May 2015 - 01:31 AM

 

http://lxle.net/  or http://www.bodhilinux.com/ Should also work with that wireless card.

Also great suggestions.

 

Try as many distros as you can and see what works best with your machine and for you.

 

 

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 great distro,

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Posted 23 May 2015 - 10:40 PM

I used Zorin 32 bit on an old Dell Inspiron 1600 for my first Linux OS. It's very easy to understand and is a good drop-in OOTB OS for beginners ! Also ,XFCE and Cinnamon and MATE are just the interface that is used.As others have said,you should try several distros LIVE before you make a choice! I use Linux Mint Mate and Cinnamon on my main machine-still can't make up my mind about which one I prefer!






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