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Can't find a distro to work

Link to this post 31 Oct 13

mfillpot said:

I do not think there are any distros that carry the proprietary driver by default due to licensing reasons. However from the command line you can put in the command "sudo apt-get install nvidia-current" to install the nvidia drivers from the online repos for either of those distros as Zorin is based upon ubuntu.

Since you have been using only ubuntu based distros I recommend trying some others out like fedora or magea to see if they are having the same problems.

I had some luck with Fedora, the screen won't tear when I get to the desktop, but the stock wifi won't work with it, BUT, I have a Roswell USB wireless adapter, Fedora sees it and I'm able to surf the net using this configuration. Now I've got to figure out how to install Fedora to a GPT hard drive and not screw it up. I am finally making progress though.
Thanks for the help,
Snyde

Link to this post 01 Nov 13

Due to licensing issues with broadcom the drivers cannot be included in any live or installation cd, once you get a distro installed you can check their package management system for broadcom and in most cases the drivers are then available to be installed.

Link to this post 02 Nov 13

I finally found a LIVE Linux CD to work on this Alienware 14 laptop, Fedora 19.
I displays the desktop correctly, and with a Roswell USB wifi adapter will connect to the Internet. Now I just have to figure out how to install it to the GPT hard drive with Windows 7 preinstalled,(in legacy mode).

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