[linux-dell-laptops] how compatible are kernels between laptops?
- hi all,
1) was wondering about the different dell laptop models and whether
suggestions made for one model type are applicable to other models.
Are suggestions for the I7500 also good for the I3500s (and vice
versa), and are suggestions for the Latitudes good for Inspirons (and
2) have been trying out a bunch of linux distributions (tried mandrake
6.0 a couple of times, recently loaded up caldera open linux 2.3, but
don't like the config programs there. will be trying out mandrake 6.1
as soon as i can get a cd burned). seem to always be running into the
o audio is lousy. did manage to get the cd player working but the
.wav files were sh*t. did the soundconfig thing but funnily enough,
the irq's didn't get have to be replaced. unless that was the reason
why the .wav files were lousy? i ran the soundcfg thing a coupla times
with all the different types of cards (sb is the only one i can
o i seem to always be getting grainy pictures when opening up images
(am using KDE if that's relevant). does this have anything to do with
true colour (24- or 32-bit?). Because no matter what i do (running
xconfigurator), i can't seem to get the true colour at 1024x768 option.
took a look at some of the kernels that were posted here (forget
whose, sorry) and noticed those with "unknown" as the monitor (rather
than "lcd") had the true colour 1024x768 option. tried changing the
video drivers, but didn't want to fool around too much with that since
i don't really know what i'm doing.
o i also have problems getting outside of my own network at the
university, but i suspect that's a network problem, and not really
dell-laptop related. of course, any suggestions would be welcome!
this is quite tedious, because in order to do simple things like check
my email, i have to keep going back to win98...
o i can't seem to write to a vfat partition when i'm just a normal
user (but i can as root). i'm pretty sure it's also not dell-specific
(must be something wrong in the fstab file, although what i'm not sure
since i basically followed the manual i was reading). but if someone
could confirm that the problem is not dell-specific, that'd be great
(if someone could give me the solution, it'd be even better!!) 8^)
thanks in advance for your help.