Installing Fedora Core 4 on the Sony VAIO VGN-S260

I got my Sony VAIO VGN-S260 laptop computer last Christmas (2004). Since then I’ve been running Windows XP Pro on it, but I’ve been contemplating switching to Fedora Core 4 for a while now. After plenty of research on Google, I finally decided to go for it. By the way, this report is listed at TuxMobil – Linux on laptops, notebooks, PDAs, mobile phones.

Hardware Specs

  • CPU: Intel Pentium M (Centrino) 1.7GHz CPU
  • RAM: 512MB DDR (expandable to 1GB)
  • Hard Drive: 60GB
  • Video: ATI Mobility Radeon 9200
  • Screen: 1280×800, 13.3″ wide aspect XBRITE (glossy) screen
  • Ethernet: Intel EtherExpress Pro 100Mbps (Fast Ethernet)
  • Wireless: Intel Pro Wireless 2200/BG
  • Audio: Intel ICH4 AC’97 controller
  • Firewire: Texas Instruments IEEE 1394
  • Memory Stick: by Texas Instruments
  • Modem: 56Kbps Fax/Modem

Backing up my system

First and foremost, I copied all my data to an external hard drive and used Norton Ghost to image my entire HD, just in case something went wrong or (heaven forbid) I wanted to switch back to Windows XP.

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