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Re: Problems installing Linux on Inspiron 9300

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  • timb810
    Glad you got it working. I did forget to mention that after the second boot, I used up2date to update everything. And I also haven t actually hooked the
    Message 1 of 9 , Apr 1, 2005
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      Glad you got it working. I did forget to mention that after the
      second boot, I used up2date to update everything. And I also haven't
      actually hooked the wired network up at all yet (just disabled it).
      So, that was probably the difference...


      --- In linux-dell-laptops@yahoogroups.com, Evan White <evwhite@y...>
      wrote:
      > Solution:
      > Installing a new kernel (from RPM not recompiling) was
      > sufficient to get everything working smoothly.
      > Apparently the problem was with recognition of the
      > network card. Relevant Bugzilla links:
      >
      > https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=138816
      >
      > https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=145099
      >
      > https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=145109
      >
      > I downloaded these four files and installed them:
      >
      > hal-0.4.7-1.FC3.i386.rpm
      > hal-gnome-0.4.7-1.FC3.i386.rpm
      > initscripts-7.93.7-1.i386.rpm
      > kernel-2.6.10-1.770_FC3.i686.rpm
      >
      > Thanks to everyone,
      > ~evan
      >
      > --- Evan White <evwhite@y...> wrote:
      >
      > > Tim,
      > > Were there any tricks to your installation? Or did
      > > you simply do a default Workstation installation? I
      > > think that the Dell Wireless is definitely one of my
      > > problems, and I'm having trouble finding decent
      > > drivers for it. I finally disabled it from the BIOS
      > > just to see if I could get everything else working
      > > first, but it's still really slow all around. And I
      > > can't get the wired ethernet working either. The
      > > startup definitely stalls at a number of places. At
      > > the very beginning it says checking for new hardware
      > > and stalls after network, and then after audio too
      > > for
      > > a minute or two each. It stalls when starting the
      > > eth0 and then again when starting X. The whole boot
      > > probably takes 10 minutes! But you say the FC3
      > > kernel
      > > works fine, eh? Well, at least that gives me hope.
      > > ~evan
      > >
      > > --- timb810 <tbeckman@s...> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I received my Inspiron 9300 about 2 weeks ago and
      > > > installed Fedora
      > > > Core 3 on it without any serious problems. It has
      > > > roughly the same
      > > > specs as the machine you have. You do not need to
      > > > build your own
      > > > kernel. About the only thing that is a little
      > > goofy
      > > > is that the CD
      > > > writer/DVD reader won't go into DMA mode. A
      > > mainine
      > > > kernel would
      > > > probably fix that, but I figure Redhat will get it
      > > > working soon enough.
      > > >
      > > > A couple notes. I have the intel wireless card,
      > > not
      > > > the dell one.
      > > > Also, watch the boot in text mode and see if there
      > > > are any long pauses
      > > > on starting up some services. For some reason FC3
      > > > insists on
      > > > installing sendmail and starting it up. That
      > > > usually results in a
      > > > minute or two pause in bootup until you can turn
      > > it
      > > > off.
      > > >
      > > > Tim
      > > >
      > > > --- In linux-dell-laptops@yahoogroups.com,
      > > "evwhite"
      > > > <evwhite@y...> wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > Hi, I'm new to this group, but have tried to
      > > > search the archives as
      > > > > thoroughly as possible. I was unable to come up
      > > > with anything on the
      > > > > new Dell Inspiron 9300.
      > > > >
      > > > > I've been having a real headache trying to get
      > > > Fedora 3 installed on
      > > > > it. Originally I tried to dual-boot it with
      > > > Windows XP, but after that
      > > > > failed, I decided to eliminate some variables
      > > and
      > > > wipe the entire
      > > > > drive clean and start over.
      > > > >
      > > > > I followed all the default options for a
      > > > workstation installation, but
      > > > > after it finishes, the first boot is awfully
      > > slow
      > > > (like 10 minutes)
      > > > > and it seems to stall at a number of places. If
      > > I
      > > > boot to X, it
      > > > > freezes on a gray screen after the graphical
      > > > startup sequence. If I
      > > > > boot to runlevel 3, I can at least login, and
      > > then
      > > > start the X server,
      > > > > but it runs uncharacteristically slow. And this
      > > on
      > > > the latest laptop
      > > > > out there. Once it finally gets in to the GUI, I
      > > > have slow response
      > > > > time (1 minute to open a terminal window). When
      > > I
      > > > try to shutdown, I
      > > > > get an error message about the ethernet card
      > > > scrolling endlessly down
      > > > > the screen until I finally turn it off manually.
      > > > >
      > > > > Has anyone else seen anything like this? Any
      > > ideas
      > > > what the problem
      > > > > could be? Is the hardware too new for the last
      > > > Fedora 3 distro? Are
      > > > > the 915 chipset or the fast RAM or the video
      > > card
      > > > not yet supported?
      > > > > Are there other distros that people have tested
      > > > and have worked (I
      > > > > don't want a distro war, just something that
      > > will
      > > > work).
      > > > >
      > > > > Here's the specs on the laptop:
      > > > > Pentium M 760 2Ghz / 533Mhz
      > > > > 2.0 GM DDR2 533 Mhz RAM
      > > > > 17" UXGA Widescreen Display w/ Trulife
      > > > > 256 MB NVIDA GeForce Go 6800
      > > > > 100 GB Hard Drive
      > > > > 8x DVD/CD RW
      > > > > Internal wired (Intel) and wireless (Dell)
      > > > networking
      > > > > Bluetooth
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > > Thanks for any help out there.
      > > > > ~Evan
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > >
      > >
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