Fedora Core 6 Install on Dell Inspiron 8200
|Processor||1.8GHz Pentium 4 M
|BIOS||Phoenix BIOS A10
|Display||15" SXGA+ (1400x1050) @24bit
|Video Card||32MB DDR 4X AGP NVidia NV17 (GeForce 440 Go)
|RAM||512MB DDR 266MHz (2 DIMM) SODIMM
|Hard drive||60GB, 7200RPM; Hitachi HTS721060G9AT00
|Fixed optical||24X CD-RW/DVD combo; Samsung CDRW/DVD SN-324B
|Modem||v.92 56Kb internal softmodem; PCTel 2304WT V.92 MDC
|LAN||10/100Mb LAN; 3C920 (3C905C-TX compatible) controller
|WLAN||Dell TrueMobile 1150 wireless mini-PCI (has Agere MPC13A-20/R chip)
|Firewire||IEEE 1394 (Firewire/i.Link); TI OHCI Compliant controller
|USB||2 slot USB 1.0; Intel 82801CA/CAM
|PCMCIA||2 slot; TI PCI-4451 controller
|Audio||Crystal WDM Audio Codec (Cirrhus Logic CS 4205)
I previously described my experiences
installing Red Hat 8.0,
Red Hat 9.0, and
Fedora Core 3
on my Inspiron 8200.
Here I describe my experiences installing Fedora Core 6 on that machine.
I did a clean install on a shiny new disk.
Bottom line summary: The system looks great and runs great after
a few tweaks.
- I booted the machine with FC6 CD 1 in my DVD drive.
I took the opportunity offered to verify all the CD-Rs.
I did a graphical Workstation install and chose all the defaults that
the install presented me.
I configured my network interfaces, etc., as part of the install process.
Then I let 'er rip.
- When the install finished (about an hour total),
I immediately ran up2date
and updated everything, including the kernel.
The update went well, though it took awhile.
- I rebooted to see how the install/up2date went.
How'd It Go?
For the most part, things went quite well.
The first thing I did was to change the entry in /etc/inittab
to set the run level to 3, not 5, so I suppressed graphical login.
I used the supplied video driver, and I get the 1400x1080
resolution the display is capable of.
Suspend/resume is a deal-breaker for me. It simply must work.
Initially I had trouble with suspend/resume, because the system
self-configured to use ACPI.
I'm guessing ACPI in this particular machine is poorly implemented.
Taking a hint from a page I saw online, I turned off ACPI and
turned on APM (acpi=off apm=on in grub.conf)
After that, suspend/resume worked just great.
The i8k module did not seem to be available in the stock
kernel RPMs I installed.
After some back-and-forth on the
linux-dell-laptops Yahoo! group,
advised to download and install a new kernel RPM,
which I did.
That provided the i8k module, as well as cpuspeed.
I was baffled by weird behavior of my trackpad. Every so often, when I moved my finger
across the trackpad, the window would start to scroll.
Eventually I discovered what's going on.
The right side and bottom of the trackpad are scroll regions.
Slide your finger up and down on the right side, and you scroll the
current window up or down.
Likewise for the bottom and horizontal scrolling.
Once I realized what was going on, I was quite pleased.
I like this feature!
Installing FC6 went very well. I'm impressed.
has a really terrific set of helpful hints for setting up FC6 in general.
Last modified: 31 January 2007
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