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mike-chipper
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« on: January 15, 2012, 11:08:52 am »

My old distro expires and I had to find an update.  They have the new Gnome3 and it don't work on this old laptop.  KDE used to, but the Ubuntu variants don't do Old Dells as the title bars are bad, extending beyond the right side.  (alpha like)  Others don't do my WIFI card, mandatory I'd think.  Some require ndis wrapper and I hunt the driver.. okay, but seems slower and I had strange lockups in KDE using PCLINUXOS.  PC-BSD ran great, but wifi was a nightmare, and troubleshooting it made me loose all X services, and no one knows why.

This morning I downloaded Vector.  Using the LIVE cd,  I clicked WIFI and suddenly was on line, no hassle what so ever.  (5 stars there!)  Installed it from live, and it is running now.  This is the FIRST DISTRO I'VE TRIED that remembers my WIFI though an install!!!  Nice and stable so it will stay.   I only would like to add my wobbly windows that the old Gnome 2 had.  You know, got to have that eye candy!

So in my basic tests, it passed nicely.  I have used the Cairo dock before, and it is fine to get my shortcuts in and beats going through a menu with a touch pad.

Great job on this one.  I hope it stays usable on the old Dell D600 in the future updates or until this thing goes up in flames.  Thank you and good to join the forum!
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nightflier
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2012, 01:53:06 pm »

Welcome to the community, mike-chipper.   Smiley

Since you installed the Live version, you may want to add in some files that were stripped out to make the release fit on a CD. Download from here: http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/vec7/live-updates/VL7_Live_stripped-files.tar.gz
It's mainly documentations files. As root, uncompress the archive to /
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mike-chipper
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2012, 03:03:32 pm »

Thank you!  I just finished downloading.  I'm getting a little overloaded, so much new information to cope with.  I have my laptop pretty much configured to my liking and it looks good. 

I bought my first computer in 1978, an IMSAI 8080 that I built from a kit, didn't do a lot, but it was fun.  Trying to keep up as I enter my 60th year.

The only thing I didn't do is find out how long version 7 is to be supported.  It is working great.
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2012, 06:05:20 pm »

Wobbly windows?
Compiz is in the repo.  It installs with no plugins enabled so a quick look at this tutorial may help.
Compiz fusion on Vectorlinux 7.0
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mike-chipper
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2012, 05:21:45 am »

I know, crazy, huh?  I just like showing my Linux pc's off to my Window's friends.  Once I get a distro that works on the OLD hardware (Dell D600), I go for the eye candy.  Right now it is pretty fancy.  Thanks for the pointers and link.
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