I'd just like to say thanks, before you read this message, seeing as I know it contains a lot of questions, and I really do need answers. Thanks in advance.
I'd really love to install Linux on this notebook, but I can't. I can't afford to face no soundcard support, USB support, and loss of iTunes and support for my newly purchased iPod touch. I mean, I suppose I could use a Linux music tool to sync my iPod, but is there one that 100% recognizes and syncs music (in multiple formats, including mp3, m4a, and wav) as well as mp4 videos, and jpg and png photos?
I might install Linux (probably Ubuntu) on this box if it has support for every feature that a laptop has to offer. The hardware buttons don't matter to me, but the closing of the lid, unplugging the A/C power cord, battery, and USB support are needed.
How is Ubuntu Linux with laptops in general? It's a Windows built machine, meaning it isn't a MacBook or Apple brand computer. It also isn't an ASUS computer, so it wasn't purchased with Linux on it. It had Windows XP Media Center Edition, which, using the Vista DVD, was upgraded to Vista Home Premium.
But getting back to the topic, how is Ubuntu with notebook computers in general? Like, is there an option for closing the lid, what the power button does, etc? Also, does Ubuntu completely utilize the battery? Is the battery power crippled at all? With Vista, I usually get about 2 hours on full brightness, and 3 hours on "Power Saver" mode.
Also, how is Ubuntu with REALTEK sound cards? I just don't want to wipe my entire hard drive of all of my music and everything, only to find that I can't play anything that I put on it because the operating system doesn't support my soundcard. I have a Realtek High Definition Audio card, that came preinstalled on the machine.
And also, another issue is with the type of hard drive that I own. It is an 80GB SATA hard drive. Will Linux be able to create a partition (the whole thing) on this hard drive? I don't know what the support is with SATA hard drives and Linux.
Now that I'm thinking about it, wireless card (Intel PRO) and my DVD ROM drive (MATSHITA DVD RAM). Are there drivers available for them? I know I should search for these before I ask, but I just want to know because I want to install Linux as soon as I possibly can. Haha.
I'd just hate to boot up and not be able to connect wirelessly or read CDs, which would totally suck. Hah.
Thank you again.