I tried installing PCLinuxOS on my laptop but it doesn't support my network card at least not without a lot of bother and some technology which is a bit beyond me being completely new to Linux. I discovered that Linux suse 10.2 supports my card and d/l the ISO. My question is how easy is it to set Linux suse 10.2 to dual boot with XP?
Pity your laptop has an unusual LAN because once you have PCLinuxOS installed it runs really well. However I'm sure SuSE will be good as well. Both would install dual booting on installation, if you chose that option when offered.
Sorry, didn't know you meant a WiFi LAN. Have you tried the PCLinuxOS LiveCD? If your WiFi runs whilst using that then it will when you install the full version (from a Desktop shortcut whilst running the LiveCD). Incidentally all the Intel Pro Wireless configuration is done whilst in Windows - you simply point the Linux *ndiwrapper* at the Windows Driver for the card. That's offered when you run 'Configure WiFi' from the PCLinuxOS Control Centre. Very easy to use. PCLinuxOS will send you to a Wiki page to find the exact driver you need. I had to do that for a Broadcom mini-pci card in a Toshiba but interestingly not for another Broadcom mini-pci card in my newer Acer laptop.
dms05 I an a complete novice with Linux I tried the ndiwrapper way but got nowhere. vinnyT I will d/l the Live DVD version tonight and give it a go. This is all a learning curve for me so I will probably be back. With Linux being open source there are so many distros that it can be hard to find a definitive guide to the particular flavour of Linux you are using.