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Does anyone on the forum have either horror or success stories to share related to installing FC5 on a Dell D600 Latitude laptop? I am interested in hearing how it went, particularly given the postings and various articles I have seen about the problems with nVidia and ATI drivers. Normal questions: video, sound, USB device support, support for the internal Intel ProWireless wifi card, etc.
Took the plunge yesterday evening and installed. Installation went very smoothly. Got the Intel PROset 2200 wifi card working without any problems (all I had to do was d/l the firmware files from http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/firmware.php and extract them into /lib/firmware/) and the Gnome networking tool allowed me to configure it. So far so good. Sound and the internal ATI graphics adaptor work great...
I am also trying to install FC5 on a Dell Latitude D600. My laptop is from september 2003, which is worth to note, as I have seen that later releases of the same model may contain other display adapters that what is in mine.
I have installed the OS in text mode, and I have also updated the system using "yum update", but when I try to start X, my screen goes all black.
Can anyone give me a tip of what to do?
I'm not sure of the specific vintage of my D600; I got it new almost exactly two years ago. The display adapter in mine is shown as an "radeon, ATI Radeon cards, including Radeon Mobility and FireGL" in the Gnome display settings tool. When booted under WinXP, it shows the card as an ATI Mobility Radeon 9000. I installed FC5 in graphics mode and the installation recognized the video card and screen with no problems. All in all, I am very pleased with how well this particular box has been supported by FC5 (video, sound, USB, touch pad, network). I haven't had much time to play with it yet under FC5, but have really been pleasantly surprised so far.
Just out of curiosity, was the choice to install in text mode a conscious decision on your part?
Today I connected my laptop to an external LCD screen, and, voilá, the graphics are working exelently.
My graphics problem with the internal laptop display remains, though. Can anyone please give me a hint of what to do about this problem?
Running X on the external LCD panel works. When I exit X, the external panel goes black, and my internal laptop panel shows the text UI. If I disconnect the external panel from the laptop and try to run "startx" again, the internal laptop panel goes black.
I have tried to use the graphical screen administration tool, setting "Monitor type" to "Dell 1280x1024 Laptop Display panel". It does not work. I have also tried "Dell 1400x1050 Laptop Display Panel" (the resolution normally used when running Windows on my laptop), and it does not work, either.
I have succesfully installed the FC5 on my D600 with radeon M 9000. The problem is that I haven't got the dual display working properly. I have docking station and external monitor. The monitor and laptop's screen are showing the same picture. I tried the dualhead-feature on the settings but result only blank screen on the external monitor. How can I extend the desktop to external monitor as the same way how it's done with Windows XP?
About the graphics problem with the laptop LCD, I've read there's a problem with the bios. I don't have problems since I have a 1024 display and most often I use a 17" external diplay. Try to search for i915resolution or i810resolution. If run before the X is launched it solves the problem in the bios. Hope it helps.