Mandrake 8.1 on Inspiron 2500
- Hey everyone, I've got some problems running MDK on my Dell.
I'm fairly new to Linux, having been playing with it in the
neighborhood of a year. I'll try to make this as short a post as
possible, so if I leave out any information, feel free to ask. I'll
only list the items I'm having problems with in this post. Some of
my info may seem broken or incomplete, but please understand that I
can't access the web from my laptop unless I'm in windoze, since
Linux isn't using my PCMCIA network card or my Lucent sinmodem,
meaning that to get information from it I'll have to constantly be
rebooting. I will gladly get all the info I can, though, if it will
help solve the issue.
I've seen other people having similar problems, but their fixes don't
work for me. Here are the details:
Dell Inspiron 2500
Chipset in system is the Intel 815, supporting the followin:
15" display (Windows uses 1024x768 at 16.7 Million colors)
(Linux only uses 65k colors - nothing else)
(small issue, not really important)
Sound card - MDK is using the 810 driver, gives crackly sound
(I've read it's due to the 48000 kHz sampling rate of the card)
This card uses the SigmaTel STAC'97 driver in Windoze
PCMCIA - In Harddrake, the bus is listed as "? Bridge", and it
shows both ports, listed as "O2 Micro, Inc. Cardbus Controller"
and also as "OZ6933 - something". It sees the port, but doesn't
seem to know what to do with it.
USB - untested. Has anyone else had issues here I should know
ActionTec MiniPCI Lucent Winmodem - Linux detects it just fine,
but doesn't do crud with it. I even tried installing that
ltwinmodem .RPM file, but it doesn't do crud from what I can
see. I think it might be making it usable, maybe if I use the
SETSERIAL command, but I'm not sure if that would help either,
as I can't seem to find what TTYS? port it's supposedly
installed on. Any info here?
RECOMPILING MY KERNEL IS NOT AN OPTION UNLESS IT IS EASIER THAN SIN
FOR A COMPLETE NOVICE TO PERFORM. For the PCMCIA, I went so far as
installing the linux source on the hard drive so that I could run the
PCMCIA-CS-3.1.34 make config, make all, and make install, but the
only one of those three that seemed to work was the make config.
Make all and install both errored out, saying something like 'file
not found'. Tried with the ignore option (-I, I think) and it said
the same error for all files it had... Also, I have no /etc/pcmcia
directory to edit the config.opts file in. Don't know why. I know I
used to before my reformat/reinstall a few weeks ago, but I don't
have it now, and can't get PCMCIA-CS to install. I've also read that
PCMCIA-CS in included in the kernel for 2.4 (my kernel is
2.4.8_26MDK), but no matter what I can't seem to get this stuff to
Any help at all is GREATLY appreciated...
Thanks in Advance,
I have an inspiron 2500 running SuSE 8.0, and have most of my
XFree 4.2 should work with 24bpp in 1024x768.
The lucent winmodem works for me, however it needs a recent BIOS
(version A08 or later) to work. If lspci -vv tells you that the
modem has been attributed irq 0, then it is time to do a BIOS
upgrade. Be warned that these later BIOSes have no support for APM
anymore, to be able to poweroff you have to use ACPI.
If you could customize a recent 2.4 kernel with a recent ACPI-patch
you could get some support for suspend to RAM (S1) and some
rudimentary battery status information.
Hope that helps,
At http://www.linux-laptop.net/ you can find some webpages dedicated
to the I2500 (for XF86Config files etc.)
- --- In linux-dell-laptops@y..., "mweiss38" <mweiss38@y...> wrote:
> Hello,Maybe I'll try that one after a while... Mandrake seems to be more
> I have an inspiron 2500 running SuSE 8.0, and have most of my
> hardware working.
geared toward the user who wants to avoid a lot of configging...
Whereas I prefer to avoid it if possible, in the past I have had a
tendency to get things working more reliably after I've explored all
of the configuration options.
Plus, I don't have the high-speed connection, have few friends that
do, and Mandrake was only $30 at Wal*Mart. I'll be checking local
office supply stores etc. to see if they have anything more like SuSE
or Debian or whatnot--they seem to be the more reliable distros from
what I'm reading on the net...
> XFree 4.2 should work with 24bpp in 1024x768.I think I've got 4.0.1 or 4.1.... Even still, I would think it
would, too. Doesn't even give me the option (and the last time I
messed with xf86config or xconfigurator, I messed it all up - never
figured out how)
> The lucent winmodem works for me, however it needs a recent BIOSGreat. I'm on BIOS A12, and I believe the last time I checked, Linux
> (version A08 or later) to work. If lspci -vv tells you that the
> modem has been attributed irq 0, then it is time to do a BIOS
> upgrade. Be warned that these later BIOSes have no support for APM
> anymore, to be able to poweroff you have to use ACPI.
found the modem on IRQ 9. I recall reading that this is a problem,
but I don't recall reading how to force it to another IRQ.
> If you could customize a recent 2.4 kernel with a recent ACPI-patchGood advice.
> you could get some support for suspend to RAM (S1) and some
> rudimentary battery status information.
I've got to get that DSL connection! ;-)
> Hope that helps,dedicated
> P. S.:
> At http://www.linux-laptop.net/ you can find some webpages
> to the I2500 (for XF86Config files etc.)It will help in time...
I've been to that website before. Didn't find a whole lot, but maybe
I wasn't looking in the right spots? I'll check it out again...
Thanks for the help,