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  • jpr200012@yahoo.com
    May 3, 2001
      are you the same brian m dial from the slackware forums a few years
      ago? if so hello! i just got an i8k also

      --- In linux-dell-laptops@y..., Brian M Dial <bdial@r...> wrote:
      > That's what I figured, care to share your script? :)
      >
      > -Brian
      >
      > Stephen Lau wrote:
      > >
      > > Hi Brian,
      > > I think that is most likely a problem with the
      splitter... I've
      > > had similar problems trying to use splitters on other laptops,
      including
      > > my I8K. My current solution is using a Microsoft Natural
      Keyboard Pro
      > > which is a USB keyboard, and has two additional USB ports. I
      then have
      > > a Logitech Cordless Mouseman plugged into one of those USB
      ports. Thus,
      > > all I have to do is plug one USB port into my I8K - and I have an
      > > external keyboard and mouse.
      > >
      > > For the X problem - there really isn't a good way around
      that, I
      > > don't think. What I did was rename "startx" to "startx-real" and
      make
      > > my own "startx" script that just prompted:
      > >
      > > "Using an external monitor? "
      > >
      > > if I answered 'y', then it would copy over the XF86Config for the
      > > external monitor, otherwise it copied over the one for the
      laptop. Not
      > > the most convenient, but it works and gets the job done. :)
      > >
      > > -steve
      > >
      > > On Thu, May 03, 2001 at 03:44:26PM -0400, Brian M Dial wrote:
      > > > I recently got a Inspiron 8000 laptop. After a bout with the
      pcmcia
      > > > (which made me discover this list) everything is working
      peachy. Being
      > > > that I'm using this as my primary workstation at work, I felt
      the need
      > > > to attach a few devices to it to make working easier. I've run
      into a
      > > > few issues though I was wondering if others had experienced.
      > > >
      > > > 1. keyboard/mouse
      > > >
      > > > I *hate* the touchpad, and the little keyboard stick. The
      first thing I
      > > > tried was using one of what my coworkers said was a splitter
      for these
      > > > laptops that would allow me to use both an external ps2
      keyboard and
      > > > mouse in the one ps2 port on the inspirons. I plugged it in,
      and had
      > > > very jerky and scrambled problems using the keyboard and mouse.
      It
      > > > wasn't too much of a problem, since I could hook a USB mouse up
      and just
      > > > use the ps2 for keyboard. I'm curious if this is an issue with
      linux or
      > > > perhaps my coworker lied to me about the usefulness of this
      splitter.
      > > >
      > > > 2. Monitor
      > > >
      > > > I've hooked up a viewsonic PS790 to my laptop, and it works
      fine.
      > > > However, I know that the refresh rates I have for the laptop,
      which came
      > > > from a user-submitted XF86Config posted here and other places,
      are not
      > > > right for the monitor. The image is still useable, but I've
      noticed
      > > > that my eyes seem to be a bit more taxed. Is there any
      solution to this
      > > > problem other than maintaining 2 XF86Config files based on
      whether I'm
      > > > using an external monitor or not?
      > > >
      > > > I appreciate any input.
      > > >
      > > > -Brian
      > > >
      > > > --
      > > > Brian M Dial
      > > > UNIX Systems Administrator
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      student
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      > Brian M Dial
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