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Old 01-13-2018, 05:38 PM
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any linux gurus?

You probably don't have to be a guru...I don't know anything.


I've got an older iMac- it's old and slow and consequently I pretty much never use it. Decided to play around a little with reviving it with a lightweight Linux distro- it should work OK for light duty...and has a much larger screen than my laptop.

So I managed to put Lubuntu on a flash drive, and boot the thing into Lubuntu off the drive, just to play with it a little before I bother trying to work out how to install it on the machine more permanently.

Seems to work, and it's pretty zippy compared to what I was dealing with on this machine yesterday...but I'll be hanged if I can figure out how to get my WiFi working (and I can't readily hardwire the machine to the router).

If I go to "Additional Drivers" I can see there's a proprietary driver for a Broadcom 802.11 etc...that's turned off. I flipped the radio button over to it and hit "Apply Changes" but it won't take...starts, then stops and returns to the "Do not use this device" radio button.


Help! About all I'm hoping to use this machine for is browsing the net, so if I can't get the WiFi to work on Lubuntu, there's no point in moving forward.

I don't know a damned thing about Linux, so use small words, please. I do have another, fully functional machine I'm using, that could be used to, say, download the appropriate driver and USB it over...if I knew how.

Thanks!
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What are the hardware specs? You might want to try the regular Ubuntu. It's a lot more friendly with drivers.

Linux's biggest knock is driver compatibility. And Ubuntu is the friendliest, especially if you can plug it into the router for the initial installation, so it can fetch updates and drivers.

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I got it running on Lubuntu...took a little fiddling but I did get it running. (It does not have the RAM for regular Ubuntu.)

Runs fine briefly, but then bogs down and hangs....I'm thinking it's not releasing RAM properly? Haven't had a chance to mess with it again.
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