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Hi,
I've been trying to move on to Linux but I'm having problems in finding a distro that supports all my hardware (or drivers for it).

Hardware:
->P4 @ 2.68GHz
->512 MB RAM
->NVidia GeForce4 MX 440 64MB
->C-Media AC97 Audio Device (onboard)
->LevelOne WNC-0301USB (USB dongle for wireless network)
->(Optional)Pen-drive = Verbatim Store'n'Go U3 Smart Drive
->(Optional)Lifetech Bluetooth adapter

It's being more difficult to find drivers for my network adapter and my pen-drive.

Since I use my computer for music, surfing and programming, I really need a distro that supports my audio board, my network adapter and maybe my pendrive.

Can anyone recommend me a distro? I have some experience with Slackware (kernel 2.6.15.7).

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Immunix, debian, mepis. All of those are fairly compatible.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It works on my machine...

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Thanks, I'll try those.

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I searched a little, but found no proof that the USB dongle is supported by Linux, all I found is that the model WNC-0300 is supported since kernel 2.4.22 or 2.6.x. if you have no luck you can use ndiswrapper, the WNC-0301 is in the list of supported devices:

http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/

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Thanks for searching bad_brain but I already have those drivers. My LevelOne is based on the ZD1211 chipset http://zd1211.ath.cx/.
These drivers work but are a bit buggy. For example, if I try to download a file with more than 5MB the connection comes down and I have to restart the PC.


Maybe I should try ndiswrapper... What do you think?

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well, the WNC-0301 is on the list of supported devices for ndiswrapper, so it´s the best option you have...official drivers do not exist, many manufacturers are still too lame to provide Linux drivers because they fear that they have to reveal the source code... :? and if you don´t want to buy a new (officially supported) device you should try ndiswrapper.... :wink:

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I'll try it. Thanks bad_brain.

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Well, followed your advice and I now remember why I uninstalled ndiswrapper from my slackware. After loading the module, my keyboard input is slowed down, I mean, it takes 2 secs for the key I pressed appear on screen, and the network also don't work!
I installed the ZD1211 beta drivers. It works but have some limitations.

By the way, I'm now using Debian "sarge" 3.1r2.

Thanks for everything.

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Just to say the drivers for my network card are now more stable. maybe it was because of the kernel I used previously. I'm now using 2.6.8.

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sweet! :D
well, hardware support is the only thing with Linux that´s a little annoying, the fault is on both sides: hardware manufacturers because they don´t want to supply the kernel developers with the driver source codes, and the kernel developers because they demand open source drivers (that´s a good attitude but the user has to pay the price sometimes)....

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