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Re: [tlug] Linux-compatible Mac laptop?
- Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 20:32:07 +0200
- From: "Niels Kobschätzki" <email@example.com>
- Subject: Re: [tlug] Linux-compatible Mac laptop?
- References: <20070412142953.GA91923@example.com> <puWrAmeT.firstname.lastname@example.org>
On 4/12/07, Jonathan Q <email@example.com> wrote:
On 4/12/2007, "Scott Robbins" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >One downside of Macs, that everyone forgets till it bites them, is their >proprietary hardware problem. For instance, my wife's airport card >seems to not be working. > >If it were a PC, I could easily boot a Linux CD and see, swap cards,
The fact that it's a Mac doesn't mean you can't boot a Linux CD on it :) There are several PPC distros out there to choose from :) When it gets to old to run the latest/greatest OS X you can even just convert to a capable Linux machine. If you boot a Linux CD and the wireless still doesn't work, that's not a confirmed diagnosis, but it's an indicator.
<snip Linux on Mac and hardware>
I think he means the chipset of the Airport Exprexx-card which is proprietary and the reverse engineering seems to be quite hard that's the reason popping in a Linux-distri of your choice won't help to check if the card is defect or if the OS is the problem (but for that you'll have a lot of other choices to see what the problem - e.g. full backups from your system which are bootable (on older laptops only with FW-HDD afaik…))
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