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|Originally Published: Sunday, 9 July 2000||Author: Stan Shivell|
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LinuxWorld: Presario Problems. How to gently force your Compaq to run Linux
However, I had to give a presentation on Linux-based Web development tools at PC Expo this year, and I have a few more presentations scheduled in the next few months. So I gave in and bought another notebook: I picked up a Compaq Presario 1600 floor model. (Yes, I know you can get the cute, light Sony VAIO to run Linux, but the CD-ROM drive wasn't available locally and I needed a laptop immediately.)
After spending two days getting Linux to run, all I can say is, what was I thinking? I know from experience that the most troublesome hardware for Linux comes from Compaq. Over the past several years, I have been able to install Linux quickly on just about any hardware -- from IBM laptops to bizarre no-name home-brew computers. But I've always had trouble getting Linux to run on a Compaq. Call it bad luck. Call it Compaq's fault. I don't know which, but it's the truth.
This notebook was no exception. The first thing I tried to install was Caldera 2.4. Everything went fine except for the XFree86 configuration. The Compaq wouldn't recognize the Trident Cyberblade i1 video, and I couldn't get the video to work with any of the Trident settings when I chose them manually. Red Hat 6.1 was no better........