Main config files: dell-inspiron-gentoo.zip
Dell Inspiron 6400 WSXGA+ works well in Gentoo Linux kernel 2.6.17
Date posted : 14/07/2006
Last updated: 14/07/2006Following a first try with Mandriva I don't get quite satisfaction indeed the vesa video driver not allow DRI rendering.
Too bad with a so powerfull computer.
Since someone said me that the matter was resolved with Gentoo, kernel 2.6.17,
Let's go to Gentoo, first time with the LiveCD
No sooner said than done, Gentoo is installing: Gentoo is a really good approach of Linux, in fact everything may be rebuild and is clearly explained.
Software "portage" is the main component, once you have understood "emerge" , you are on the speedway. Running on the Dell computer, compilations are quick (ccache using .)
Unfortunately future is dark, because I don't have anything else to do ! Everything is working ! Everything ? nearly !
|Hardware Components||Status Under Linux||Notes|
|Processor 0,Genuine Intel, T2400, 1,83 Ghz,
Processor 1,Genuine Intel, T2400, 1,83 Ghz
|Works||Linux triphon 2.6.17-gentoo #8 SMP PREEMPT Mon Jul 10 23:31:11 CEST 2006 i686 Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2400 @ 1.83GHz GNU/Linux|
|15.4" UltraSharpTM WSXGA+ (1680x1050) display with TrueLifeTM||Works||See note 2|
|Intel Media Accelerator 950 Graphics1||Works||Use i810 XOrg driver. xorg-x11 7.1 modular - See note 2|
|1 GB of shared1 DDR2 SDRAM standard; 2 Dimms 512MB||Works||No special procedures required during installation|
|Sound card Intel I/O controller HHDA||Works||No special procedures required during installation-driver snd-hda-intel|
|100 GB Hard Drive,Mobile I/O Controller Hub SATA||Works||No special procedures required during installation|
|Integrated Network Card||Works||No special procedures required during installation|
|Internal 56k Modem||????||Not tested, No need for me|
|Intel Pro/Wireless 3945 802.11 ABG Mini Card Wireless||Works||See Note 3|
|9-cell (80 WHr) "Smart" Lithium Ion battery:||Works||No special procedures required during installation|
|Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth Internal||????||Not tested, No need for me|
The machine is no longer freezing, BIOS Intel SpeedStep mode is ON
This strange problem with Mandriva has disappeared , as it came.(New Kernel ?)
As in Mandriva with vesa driver, I use "915resolution" to give 1680x1050
Before starting X , I execute the command: "./915resolution 5a 1680 1050 32 "
"./915resolution -l " gives us the final status:
./915resolution -l Intel 800/900 Series VBIOS Hack : version 0.5.1 Chipset: 945GM
BIOS: TYPE 1
Mode Table Offset: $C0000 + $269
Mode Table Entries: 36
Mode 30 : 640x480, 8 bits/pixel
Mode 32 : 800x600, 8 bits/pixel
Mode 34 : 1024x768, 8 bits/pixel
Mode 38 : 1280x1024, 8 bits/pixel
Mode 3a : 1680x1050, 8 bits/pixel
Mode 3c : 1920x1440, 8 bits/pixel
Mode 41 : 640x480, 16 bits/pixel
Mode 43 : 800x600, 16 bits/pixel
Mode 45 : 1024x768, 16 bits/pixel
Mode 49 : 1280x1024, 16 bits/pixel
Mode 4b : 1680x1050, 16 bits/pixel
Mode 4d : 1920x1440, 16 bits/pixel
Mode 50 : 640x480, 32 bits/pixel
Mode 52 : 800x600, 32 bits/pixel
Mode 54 : 1024x768, 32 bits/pixel
Mode 58 : 1280x1024, 32 bits/pixel
Mode 5a : 1680x1050, 32 bits/pixel
Mode 5c : 1920x1440, 32 bits/pixel
First , thank Gentoo team for a so nice going !
My next goal is to create a bootable DVD of my own system with all packages ready
so I can start or install a new machine in a few minutes
With Gentoo, it seems to be easy .
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