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Clean Install of Ubuntu for Netbooks - How do I handle the drivers?

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The hard drive on my Inspiron 1011 (Mini 10v) failed and I'm not sure that I want to use Windows XP again on the new drive I'll soon install, I'm seriously considering the Ubuntu netbooks edition.  My question is, after installing Ubuntu, what do I do about drivers?  How do I get the correct drivers installed?  My biggest concern is he wireless.  Thank you.

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  • Installing Ubuntu doesn't quite work the same way as with Windows. If you want visual tutorial, check out videos on Youtube that show you the process.

    my Dells:
    Optiplex 3020 - Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
    Precision M6300 - Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Precision M6300 - Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa / Ubuntu 12.04.5 dual-boot
    Latitude D620 - XP Pro SP3

  • Download the netbook version of Ubuntu, create a bootable USB stick and boot it. Choose the "Try Ubuntu" version. See which drivers work and which don't. If you can click on the Wifi symbol in the status area and see routers, then Wifi already works. If not, install to hard disk with the netbook connected to the Internet by ethernet cable. Ubuntu will then look for the drivers on-line. If that does not work, post specific observations on the forum and we'll go from here. Also, check Ubuntu forums at

    and reports

    Dell Mini 10v (Inspiron 1011)

    Works very well; WiFi, webcam, sound, 3D graphics, USB, touchpad worked "Out of the box".. Minor problem with Microphone not working with pulseaudio, might just be settings.


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