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This laptop was recued after years of using an inoperable Microsoft XP. When I received it was taking more than 20 minutes to start. Now the laptop is rock solid and suitable for office tasks, as well as a backup server or just for fun (i.e. surfing the web, hearing music, watching movies, etc.).
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|Name||Packard Bell EasyNote C3300|
|Processor||mobile AMD Athlon XP-M 2600+ @ 516MHz|
|Network||USB Wireless Network Adapter: D-Link DWL-G122 C1|
|Wireless||Yes||The “firmawre-ralink” needs to be installed in order to work properly.|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Camera||Yes||An external specialized webcam for research purposes was used for testing.|
Almost everything works right out of the box. Installation is straight
forward, the screen resolution is perfect (much better than with the
past Microsoft XP) and the optical drive, sound, ethernet and USB works
In order to run the D-Link DWL-G122 C1 USB Wireless Network Adapter I
had to install the “firmware-ralink” package (and its dependencies)
from the debian repositories:
Then I installed “Wicd” for network managing:
Finally I configured Wicd by adding in the Preferences menu the
wireless interface name, probably wlan0 (use iwconfig to get it).
Things not working:
At startup the system says it cannot run the filesystem checkup
because the laptop is powered by the battery, while this is not true.
The laptop runs smoothly. It's pretty nice to see a crappy laptop
under the Microsoft's regime become a functional one over Linux.