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Avoiding Linux Installation Problems on the HP Mini 110 and Mini 210 Netbooks

Jun 14, 2010, 12:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Caitlyn Martin)

[ Thanks to Caitlyn Martin for this link. ]

"Another SalixOS user has reported the exact same problem with the newer HP Mini 210 netbook. Both of these systems have Broadcom 4312 wireless chipsets which are incompatible with the b43 kernel module and the ssb module on which b43 depends. It appears that the wireless chipset as implemented in these netbooks conflicts with the ssb module, causing the system to freeze. This problem may exist in other systems using the same wireless chip or similar Broadcom models.

"As you might expect, the Ubuntu installer does not have this problem on the HP Mini 110 and the correct driver is offered for installation automatically. There are definite advantages to having worked with the vendor on a preloaded version of a distribution. In fairness I should add that Ubuntu, in general, does an excellent job with hardware detection."

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