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Re: [linux-dell-laptops] Re: Linux on Inspiron 9400

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  • Daniel Mahler
    Hi Steve, I ve tried it and I can t get anything except the vesa driver to work. Would you mind sending me your xorg.conf? Do you use the nvidia s own driver
    Message 1 of 10 , Feb 19, 2006
      Hi Steve,

      I've tried it and I can't get anything except the vesa driver to work.
      Would you mind sending me your xorg.conf?
      Do you use the nvidia's own driver or nv?
      Did you just manually edit xorg.conf or did you use one of the config utilities?

      thanks
      D

      On 2/18/06, Daniel Mahler <dmahler@...> wrote:
      > Great, thanks!
      > I'll try that.
      >
      > D
      >
      > On 2/18/06, nuilvows <nuilvows@...> wrote:
      > > Well I've *mostly* successfully installed Suse10.
      > > Have also run up Knoppix 3.9 and Ubuntu 5.10 live cd's to fiddle and see.
      > >
      > > One major issue that's really irritating. For some reason my external
      > > speakers are being ignored when in any of the various Linux
      > > boots/distro's. Work fine in Windows XP.
      > > Any advice or even questions to ask of google et al would be greatly
      > > appreciated.
      > >
      > >
      > > Suse10 makes it really easy to get the nvidia drivers and hence
      > > getting 1900x1200 was easy. But the fonts were huge.
      > > Took the display settings that Ubuntu used. /etc/X11/xorg.conf
      > > Look for:
      > >
      > > Section "Monitor"
      > > #DisplaySize 370 230
      > > DisplaySize 650 406
      > >
      > > And increased the display size as shown. Which then gives nice tiny
      > > fonts. YMMV. As for Horiz and Verts? I simply picked the
      > > 1900x1200x75Hz choice from generic LCD's.
      > > HorizSync 30-95
      > > VertRefresh 60-75
      > >
      > > It works, but I'm not thrilled about it. Don't like "unknowns" like that.
      > >
      > > FWIW, Knoppix only came up as 1024x768 for me too.
      > > And far as I can tell, both cores work fine:
      > >
      > > $ uname -a
      > > Linux asterix 2.6.13-15-smp #1 SMP Tue Sep 13 14:56:15 UTC 2005 i686
      > > i686 i386 GNU/Linux
      > >
      > > Cheers!
      > >
      > > - Steve
      > >
      > > --- In linux-dell-laptops@yahoogroups.com, "xmahler" <dmahler@...> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I just got mine, about to start installing Gentoo.
      > > > So far I am happily running knoppix of the CD,
      > > > except I am not getting 1900x1200, but only 1024x760.
      > > > Mine did not come with any monitor specs,
      > > > so I am not sure how best to configure the timing parameters.
      > > >
      > > > cheers
      > > > Daniel
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > --- In linux-dell-laptops@yahoogroups.com, "Michael Pfetsch"
      > > > <mpfetsch@> wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > I just purchased the Inspiron E1705 which is exactly the same as
      > > > the
      > > > > 9400 and I love it. The Core Duo, 17" wide screen, and geForce
      > > > 7800
      > > > > make a great combination. I plan to install a GNU/Linux system
      > > > soon and
      > > > > I will let you know how things turn out.
      > > > >
      > > > > Michael
      > > > >
      > > > > --- In linux-dell-laptops@yahoogroups.com, "serg123serg"
      > > > > <serg123serg@> wrote:
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Hello,
      > > > > >
      > > > > > I'm thinking about getting 9400, did anybody have experience
      > > > with
      > > > > > installing linux on it?
      > > > > > Is dual core CPU will be utilized under the linux?
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Any input would be apreciated,
      > > > > >
      > > > >
      > > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
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    • nuilvows
      ... Perhaps just the relevant bits? It is a tad long. See below. Let me know if you need more. ... Nvidia s. ... config utilities? Suse 10 makes it very easy
      Message 2 of 10 , Feb 19, 2006
        --- In linux-dell-laptops@yahoogroups.com, "Daniel Mahler"
        <dmahler@...> wrote:
        >
        > Hi Steve,
        >
        > I've tried it and I can't get anything except the vesa driver to work.
        > Would you mind sending me your xorg.conf?

        Perhaps just the relevant bits? It is a tad long. See below. Let me
        know if you need more.


        > Do you use the nvidia's own driver or nv?

        Nvidia's.


        > Did you just manually edit xorg.conf or did you use one of the
        config utilities?

        Suse 10 makes it very easy to install and use. So apart from manually
        editing the display size, which on reflection could have been done via
        yast2 as well..., that was it. Ahh, what can I say, I'm a vi junkie
        from way back. ;-)

        I used nvidia's on my previous 8200 with various versions of RH and FC
        up thru 4. It tends to be better in too many ways. So I'd rather use
        that than the nv or vesa drivers. On my home server the nv driver
        tends to lock the console, so I definitely stay away from that.

        HTH?
        Cheers!

        - Steve


        Section "Module"
        Load "extmod"
        Load "type1"
        Load "glx"
        Load "freetype"
        Load "dbe"
        Load "v4l"
        EndSection


        Section "Monitor"
        #DisplaySize 370 230
        DisplaySize 650 406
        HorizSync 30-95
        Identifier "Monitor[0]"
        ModelName "1900X1200@75HZ"
        Option "DPMS"
        VendorName "--> LCD"
        VertRefresh 60-75
        UseModes "Modes[0]"
        EndSection


        Section "Modes"
        Identifier "Modes[0]"
        Modeline "1900x1200" 236.71 1904 2040 2248 2592 1200 1201 1204 1251
        Modeline "1900x1200" 201.89 1904 2032 2240 2576 1200 1201 1204 1244

        ...
        EndSection


        Section "Screen"
        DefaultDepth 24
        SubSection "Display"
        Depth 15
        Modes "1900x1200" "1600x1200" "1680x1050" "1600x1024"
        "1600x1000" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1440x900" "1280x960" "1280x800"
        "1152x864" "1280x768" "1024x768" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480"
        EndSubSection
        ...
        Device "Device[0]"
        Identifier "Screen[0]"
        Monitor "Monitor[0]"
        EndSection


        Section "Device"
        BoardName "0x0098"
        BusID "1:0:0"
        Driver "nvidia"
        Identifier "Device[0]"
        Option "usevnc" "no"
        Screen 0
        VendorName "NVidia"
        EndSection
      • Michael Pfetsch
        I purchased the E1705 to replace my Pentium 4-based desktop system so that it would be easy to carry but I did not intend to run off of batteries frequently.
        Message 3 of 10 , Feb 21, 2006
          I purchased the E1705 to replace my Pentium 4-based desktop system so that it would be easy to carry but I did not intend to run off of batteries frequently. When playing Battlefied Vietnam with all graphics optimizations set to maximum the system will run for about 30 to 40 minutes on battery. When using Open Office Writer, Mozilla Firefox, and the Intel Pro Wireless card the system lasts about 1 hour and 45 minutes. This is using the smaller 53 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery so there is hope that it will last longer if you get the larger 80 WHr 9-cell battery.

          Heat dissipation is good because of the large surface area of a 17" widescreen laptop.
          I have played Battlefield 1942 on friend's Pentium 4-based Alienware laptop with a 15" screen and was burned by the air from the exhaust fan. I have not measured the temperature of the chassis and air exhaust of the E1705 but I do not think it is more than 15 degrees F above room temperature which will not cause burns.

          I have successfully run the latest version of Knoppix. Each of the CPU cores is visible through kernel support for SMP. The display resolution was only 1024x768 but I am sure it can be increased by installing the nvidia drivers. The Intel Pro/Wireless 3945 card and the integrated sound card were not supported but I will do a search for the right drivers.

          Here are the detailed specs of my system if you are interested:

          Inspiron E1705, Intel Core DuoProcessor T2500 (2GHz/667MHz FSB)

          [222-1022]Inspiron E1705, Intel Core DuoProcessor T2500 (2GHz/667MHz FSB)
          [320-4559]17 inch UltraSharp TrueLife Wide-screen WUXGA, for Inspiron 9400/E1705
          [311-5637]1GB, DDR2, 667MHz 2 Dimm, for Inspiron 9400/E1705
          [320-4562]256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 for Inspiron 9400/E1705
          [341-2944]100GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive for Inspiron 9400/E1705
          [412-0689]Image Restore
          [420-5755]Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, English without Media, for Inspiron
          [420-4830]DELL SUPPORT 3.0
          [420-4928]Windows Media Player 10
          [463-2282]Dell Owners Manual installed on your system,click on icon after system set-up to access
          [420-5460]Complimentary courses: Look for EU icon
          [420-5476]Dell Direct Download
          [420-5769]Internet Search and Portal
          [430-0493]Integrated 10/100 Network Cardand Modem, for Inspiron
          [430-1048]Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0, for Inspiron
          [313-3865]24X Combo CD-RW/DVD, for Inspiron 9400/E1705
          [420-5775]CyberLink PowerDVD v5.7 Decoding Sofware for DVD Drives
          [430-1516]Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g Mini Card (54Mbps) for Inspiron 9400/E1705
          [412-0802]No Security Subscription
          [312-0375]Primary Battery, for Inspiron 9400/E1705
          [412-0787]AOL for Broadband
          [420-3224]Broadband Icon for Inspiron
          [412-0687]NETZERO ISP
          [420-5256]Netscape ISP
          [412-0803]Corel WordPerfect 12 plus Trial of Quartro Pro and Presentations
          [950-3337]1 Year Limited Warranty
          [950-9057]No Warranty, Year 2 and 3
          [960-6910]Warranty Support,Initial Year
          [960-6890]Type 12- Mail-In Service, 24x7 Technical Support, Initial Year
          [983-2207]Thank You for buying Dell
          [412-0865]Basic digital Music,Photo and Game experience
          [420-5139]Quickbooks 2005 Special SimpleStart Edition
          [464-5503]PC Restore Recovery System by Symantec

          Michael



          --- In linux-dell-laptops@yahoogroups.com, "David" <davidsinaus@...> wrote:
          >
          > Michael,
          >
          > Non-linux question: I'm thinking about upgrading my maxed-out 8600 to
          > an E1705. My biggest complaint with the 8600 is that since upgrading
          > to 2GB and a 2.1Ghz CPU, it's hot, the fan runs almost constantly and
          > the battery life has been reduced. How is the cooling on the E1705?
          >
          > d
          >
          > --- In linux-dell-laptops@yahoogroups.com, "Michael Pfetsch"
          > mpfetsch@ wrote:
          > >
          > > I just purchased the Inspiron E1705 which is exactly the same as the
          > > 9400 and I love it. The Core Duo, 17" wide screen, and geForce 7800
          > > make a great combination. I plan to install a GNU/Linux system soon and
          > > I will let you know how things turn out.
          > >
          > > Michael
          > >
          > > --- In linux-dell-laptops@yahoogroups.com, "serg123serg"
          > > <serg123serg@> wrote:
          > > >
          > > > Hello,
          > > >
          > > > I'm thinking about getting 9400, did anybody have experience with
          > > > installing linux on it?
          > > > Is dual core CPU will be utilized under the linux?
          > > >
          > > > Any input would be apreciated,
          > > >
          > >
          >
        • chadarius
          I simply selected the LCD 1920x1200@75HZ in SAX2 and then selected the 1920x1200 resolution. It shouldn t take anything more than that. ... see. ... that.
          Message 4 of 10 , Feb 28, 2006
            I simply selected the LCD 1920x1200@75HZ in SAX2 and then selected the
            1920x1200 resolution. It shouldn't take anything more than that.

            --- In linux-dell-laptops@yahoogroups.com, "nuilvows" <nuilvows@...>
            wrote:
            >
            > Well I've *mostly* successfully installed Suse10.
            > Have also run up Knoppix 3.9 and Ubuntu 5.10 live cd's to fiddle and
            see.
            >
            > One major issue that's really irritating. For some reason my external
            > speakers are being ignored when in any of the various Linux
            > boots/distro's. Work fine in Windows XP.
            > Any advice or even questions to ask of google et al would be greatly
            > appreciated.
            >
            >
            > Suse10 makes it really easy to get the nvidia drivers and hence
            > getting 1900x1200 was easy. But the fonts were huge.
            > Took the display settings that Ubuntu used. /etc/X11/xorg.conf
            > Look for:
            >
            > Section "Monitor"
            > #DisplaySize 370 230
            > DisplaySize 650 406
            >
            > And increased the display size as shown. Which then gives nice tiny
            > fonts. YMMV. As for Horiz and Verts? I simply picked the
            > 1900x1200x75Hz choice from generic LCD's.
            > HorizSync 30-95
            > VertRefresh 60-75
            >
            > It works, but I'm not thrilled about it. Don't like "unknowns" like
            that.
            >
            > FWIW, Knoppix only came up as 1024x768 for me too.
            > And far as I can tell, both cores work fine:
            >
            > $ uname -a
            > Linux asterix 2.6.13-15-smp #1 SMP Tue Sep 13 14:56:15 UTC 2005 i686
            > i686 i386 GNU/Linux
            >
            > Cheers!
            >
            > - Steve
            >
            > --- In linux-dell-laptops@yahoogroups.com, "xmahler" <dmahler@> wrote:
            > >
            > > I just got mine, about to start installing Gentoo.
            > > So far I am happily running knoppix of the CD,
            > > except I am not getting 1900x1200, but only 1024x760.
            > > Mine did not come with any monitor specs,
            > > so I am not sure how best to configure the timing parameters.
            > >
            > > cheers
            > > Daniel
            > >
            > >
            > > --- In linux-dell-laptops@yahoogroups.com, "Michael Pfetsch"
            > > <mpfetsch@> wrote:
            > > >
            > > > I just purchased the Inspiron E1705 which is exactly the same as
            > > the
            > > > 9400 and I love it. The Core Duo, 17" wide screen, and geForce
            > > 7800
            > > > make a great combination. I plan to install a GNU/Linux system
            > > soon and
            > > > I will let you know how things turn out.
            > > >
            > > > Michael
            > > >
            > > > --- In linux-dell-laptops@yahoogroups.com, "serg123serg"
            > > > <serg123serg@> wrote:
            > > > >
            > > > > Hello,
            > > > >
            > > > > I'm thinking about getting 9400, did anybody have experience
            > > with
            > > > > installing linux on it?
            > > > > Is dual core CPU will be utilized under the linux?
            > > > >
            > > > > Any input would be apreciated,
            > > > >
            > > >
            > >
            >
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