Re: [linux-dell-laptops] Re: Problems with FC6 on Inspiron 8000
- On Fri, Nov 17, 2006 at 12:05 (-0600), Cris Rhea wrote:
>> Posted by: "Jim Diamond" zsd@... ndolamGreat.
>> Date: Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:07 pm ((PST))
>> for what it's worth
>> (1) I've had many versions of Slackware easily installed onto my (now
>> venerable) I8000, so it is certainly possible to run Linux
>> I used to have 128, but I found a free 64MB memory chip lying
>> around, so I am now at the lofty 192MB level. But it ran fine
>> (with X windows) with 128MB, so that shouldn't be an issue, unless
>> the FC6 installer itself is remarkably bloated.
>> (2) "...high praise I've seen for FC6 on the Fedora forums"
>> I'll bet if you go to some M$ forums you'll see people there
>> singing praises to M$. And many people think that is rather
>> absurd :-)
>> If you are not tied to FC, you might try another distro.
>> Sorry I can't offer any concrete advice, I've never used any Red Hat
>> If you have a non-FC6 question about the I8K post it back and maybe I
>> can help.
> Thanks Jim-
> I've made some progress...
> I think your first comment about a bloated installer was right on.Huh. Did you pay much? The last time I looked for memory for the I8K
> I upgraded the memory to 152MB
the price was ludicrous.
> and it installed (in text mode) just fine. The graphical installUmmm... I hate those inherently meaningless acronyms and have decided
> still fails because the X11 config is not guessed correctly (I have
> the SVGA+ screen, not the UXGA [yet!]).
to stop wasting neurons on them. I have a 1400x1050 screen in mine.
If that is what you have, and an ATI card, let me know and I can send
you my xorg.conf file.
> I was also fighting with a flakey DVD drive-- so I was installingI am using
> via CDROMs. Again, this should have worked, so I think there's some
> gremlins in FC6 where it needs to change the mounted CDROM (the
> installer seems to go OTL, but the system is still responsive).
> I still have yet to get the correct config for X11-- the r128 driver
> does not work correctly (which is what is detected at install time),
> but "vesa" works OK.
only to keep it from re-loading the r128 driver if I otherwise say
> As for other dirstros, I have also had good luck with Slackware, butMakes sense.
> haven't played with it for a while. I use RedHat/CentOS on my
> servers, so FC is a good indication of what is coming and gives all
> the latest "toys" for desktop use.
> Actually, in the FC forums, the people are pretty honest about theYup, they might all have newer laptops!
> quality of a release. FC5 had all sorts of issues upon initial
> release and loads of people complained about the lack of
> quality/testing. As you comment, there will always be the cheering
> section, but I tend to weed out those posts... Based on my
> experience with FC6 so far, I don't think they tested the edges (low
> memory, text install) too well.
> With a new DVD drive and 512MB RAM, the install worked on the secondWell, that's good progress.
> try (doing text mode rather than graphic mode).
> I inherited this I8000 with some hardware issues, so I'm having aI think with 512 MB you'll be laughing, given that with 192 I'm doing
> good time getting it into shape. Even a laptop that is several
> years old gives great performance running Linux compared to M$, so I
> have no problem putting some $$$ into it to fix stuff.
OK. (Admittedly, with my other laptop having a dual core at 1.G6Hz,
the old P3-700 feels a little sluggish some times.)