Linux Distro for Brand New Dell XPS400

I've been looking for a distro that will support my new Dell XPS400

it's the intel 945G chipset, and for some reason every distro I try on it has problems.  They all work, but do not seem to support the integrated LAN, and/or my video card (Radeon X600 256M)

Any thoughts?  I'm a complete noob when it comes to Linux, so if there is a solution where I may have to tweak the install, I will probably need a hand holding for.
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kevp75Author Commented:
p.s.  I would really like a 64bit version of it.  My processor is a dual-core 3Gig pentium with EM64T

I would recommend the distro Fedora Core 5

you can downlaod the 64bit version from there

The reason I suggest Fedora Core for you is because its an excellent distro and many of dell's products are well
supported, if you visit their site you will see all the current benefits you can get out of Fedora.

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kevp75Author Commented:
do you know if there is a liveCD for it.  I would hate to run through the install to find that it doesn't work.

At least with a liveCD the only bad thing that'll happen is that I will have another coaster  :)
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kevp75Author Commented:
i guess my only main concerns are if it will work with the integrated LAN ofr the Intel 945G chipset, and will it support the Radeon X600 PCIe video card?

Are there any links that might show me what hardware it will support, before I run through the install?  (I do like the fedora project, I have used it before, but on an older AMD machine)

Check out:

I am pritty sure it will work your video card will deffently work.
kevp75Author Commented:
i wouldn't even know where to begin making my own liveCD for it.  I'm a (almost) complete Linux noob.

I grew up with MS, from the DOS days.

I'm gonna up the points, see if I can get more bites :)

Thanks, though.
kevp75Author Commented:
yeah.  I've tried those.  Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Slax don't recognize the integrated NIC.  and Knoppix doesn't recognize the video

I can only suggest you dual boot your machine with Fedora or just go for a full fedora installation.
O I forgot you could try this as your last livecd SuSE 10.0:
kevp75Author Commented:
i ended up installing fedora 5 (dual booting with windows)

and.....everything was recoginized...

thnka you for your patience  :)
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