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Old 05-20-2006, 10:14 PM   #1
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Dell Inspiron B130 - Slackware 10.2


I recently bought a Dell Inspiron B130 so I could mess around with Linux on it. It was the cheapest laptop I could find, on sale for $500, but I just got Slackware 10.2 going today & though I'd share what I found. Here is what I did to install:

1. Boot from Slack disk1 to repartition hard drive, deleting all partitions (I didn't need the restore partitions since I bought the WinXP recovery CD with my laptop), and repartitioning like so:
/dev/hda1 - 10Gig as type 7 (HPFS/NTFS) for XP
/dev/hda2 - 5Gig as type b (FAT32) for a Win/Lin share drive
/dev/hda3 - 1Gig as type 82 for Linux swap file
/dev/hda4 - Extended partition taking up rest of hard drive Cyls
/dev/hda5 - 100MB to mount /boot
/dev/hda6 - 3Gig to mount /home
/dev/hda7 - 2.6Gig to mount / for initial install
/dev/hda8 - 5Gig my eventual / (see below)

I have this paritioning to make it easier for me to install/boot multiple kernels or distributions in the future. There might be a better way, but I'm relatively new to this. To make things easier for a single-distribution install, /dev/hda4 could be just one big partition.

2. Next, I reinstalled Windows XP, just to be sure I had something to boot to if I couldn't get Linux working. While there, I reformatted /dev/hda2 as type FAT32 (VFAT).

3. I rebooted from the Slack CD to begin install.

4. For the TARGET portion of setup, I chose /dev/hda7 as my / mount point for root filesystem; /dev/hda5 for /boot; and /dev/hda6 for /home.

5. I selected all packages for a full install.

6. I chose the bare.i kernel from the Slackware CD for my kernel.

7. For mouse, I chose usb.

8. I chose the expert LILO installation and installed it to my MBR.

9. For networking, I have a cable modem that gives me DHCP and I only gave it a hostname & domain, whatever I wanted.

10. Chose KDE for my default desktop.

11. After reboot, my USB mouse got recognized, and I forgot to check the ethernet until after I recompiled the kernel, but as long as I was able to mount a USB flash drive (with 'mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/hd') I didn't care at the time.

12. Next, I recompiled a kernel...
 
Old 05-20-2006, 10:23 PM   #2
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Dell Inspiron B130 - Slackware 10.2 - Mirror Base Install

Me again. After I got a base install working, I copied everything over onto my /dev/hda8 partition to mess with recompiling the kernel. I did this so that if I messed something up, I could just re-copy everything instead of having to re-install from scratch again. If you was just installing a single image, then this could probably be skipped. Here's was I did:

1. I formatted /dev/hda8 as a Reiser File System: mkreiserfs /dev/hda8

2. I mounted the new partition with: mount /dev/hda8 /mnt/hd

3. I copied all of my base install into the new partition with (this took about 10minutes):
cd /
find . -xdev | cpio -padm /mnt/hd

4. Once copied, I went into /mnt/hd/etc/fstab and changed the / mount from the copied /dev/hda7 to the new /dev/hda8.

5. I added a new image to /etc/lilo.conf (on the /dev/hda7 root) and re-installed LILO:
image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/hda8
label = slack_10.2_hda8
read-only

6. I rebooted into the /dev/hda8 partition and proceeded to recompile the kernel...
 
Old 05-20-2006, 10:38 PM   #3
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Dell Inspiron B130 - Slackware 10.2 - Kernel Recompile

After I mirrored the base install partition, I recompiled a kernel. I probably didn't have to, but I did for these reasons:
1) to change the CPU type from 486 to Celeron(Coppermine)
2) to get rid of PCI Hotplug support, because it fills up my dmesg with junk and I don't appear to have a need for it

Here's what I did:

1. cd /usr/src/linux and run 'make menuconfig'

2. Change "Processor type and features" machine type to "Pentium-III/Celeron(Coppermine)". I hope that's the right one, but seems to be working for my Celeron M 1.4GHz.

3. Remove PCI Hotplug support in "General setup ---> PCI Hotplug Support".

4. Saved and ran: make dep, make clean, make bzImage, make modules, make modules_install.

5. Copied my new kernel and mapfiles into /boot:
cat /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/bzImage > /boot/vmlinuz-nopci
cp /usr/src/linux/System.map /boot/System.map-nopci

6. Added the new kernel to lilo.conf & re-installed LILO:
image = /boot/vmlinuz-nopci
root = /dev/hda8
label = slack-nopci
read-only

7. It rebooted fine, and at this point, I remembered to check my networking with ifconfig and my onboard ethernet (kernel module/driver 'b44' for BroadCom) was now working.

I do not know or care right now if the modem works. The wireless adapter is not working and I will have to look into that eventually, but it's something I've never done before.

I would like to have ACPI to allow the laptop to shut down fully without having to hold the power switch, but when I tried to add it to the kernel compile, my system hung at boot time during the hotplug (/etc/rc.d/rc.hotplug) initialization, so it's not there for now.

X is all the wrong resolution and the version that comes with Slack 10.2 (v6.8.2) doesn't support the Intel 915GM graphics, so that is what I fixed next...
 
Old 05-20-2006, 11:33 PM   #4
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Dell Inspiron B130 - Slackware 10.2 - X11 Version 6.9

The Intel 915GM video on the Inspiron B130 isn't by default supported by Slack10.2's version of X11 (6.8.2). The driver for it in xorgconfig setup is 'i810', but X defaulted to VESA since it doesn't support the 915GM, which looked bad and was only 1024x768.

The Intel website had a new & old driver for 915GM. The old driver didn't install properly so I un-installed it, and the "new" driver just ended up being a new version of X itself!

The latest version of X is 7, but they did have a v6.9 (which supports 915GM), so I went to x.org and downloaded the tar source for 6.9.

1. Using lynx, I went to:
http://xorg.freedesktop.org/releases/X11R6.9.0/

2. I downloaded the "Single Source Tar File" and reviewed the "Documentation" online, since the source didn't come with install instructions for some reason, even though the website said there's an "INSTALL.txt" file in the source (there wasn't).

3. The full instructions for installing were here:
http://xorg.freedesktop.org/releases.../BUILD4.html#4

4. First, I extracted the tar source file that I downloaded and went into the extracted source dir:
tar -zxvf X11R6.9.0-src.tar.gz
cd xc

5. Then I followed their three-step make instructions and it installed just fine (but took over an hour):
make World
make install
make install.man

6. Next, I ran xorgconfig and selected the "**i810" driver for my video (I believe this driver was #15 in the list), leaving the rest as defaults.

Unfortunately, the default resolutions of 1280x1024 & 1024x768 aren't supported very well, since the B130's native resolution is 1280x800. For help on this, I went to:
http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/dell.html
and I chose model "Inspiron 1300", which is apparently a clone of the B130 or vice-versa (or something like that).

On that page, the "Gentoo" entry was the only one that offered any good info. that I could understand. He said he used a program called "915resolution" to get the 1280x800 resolution and referred me to the creator's website:
http://www.geocities.com/stomljen/download.html

7. I downloaded 915resolution and installed it like so:
tar -zxvf 915resolution-0.5.2.tar.gz
cd 915resolution-0.5.2
make
make install

8. After looking at the README.txt file that came with 915resolution, I added the following to the end of my /etc/rc.d/rc.local (this forces all attempts at 1280x1024 resolution to use 1280x800 instead):
/usr/sbin/915resolution 38 1280 800
/usr/sbin/915resolution 49 1280 800
/usr/sbin/915resolution 58 1280 800

The above commands need to be run before starting X; by putting them in rc.local, they will run at boot time.

9. Now I needed to update /etc/X11/xorg.conf to define the 1280x800 resolutions. In the section "Monitor", I put only the following lines, in addition to the "Identifier" line:
HorizSync 30-81
VertRefresh 60

I hope these are right. I know the B130's default Vert is 60Hz, and that Horiz works for another LCD of mine, but since I read somewhere that Horiz doesn't really work the same way with LCDs, I'm taking a gamble on it, since the Dell manuals don't give up info. on this, so I used the Horiz from a Samsung SyncMaster manual, my other LCD.

10. In xorg.conf, in the "Screen" section, under the Identifier "Screen 1", I have the "DefaultDepth" set to 24, and all occurences of "1280x1024" were changed to "1280x800".

11. In the "InputDevice" section for my mouse, I changed Option "Protocol" from "Auto" to "explorerps/2" to allow it to recognize my mousewheel, then I set option:
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

X now starts fine in 1280x800 mode. To verify in KDE, I right-clicked on the desktop and selected "Configure Desktop / Display", which showed me my resolution. This is necessary for verification since, by default, the B130 will stretch all resolutions to fill the screen and 1024x768 will still fill the screen but be slightly fizzy (this can be turned off in the BIOS F2 Setup at boot time, but your default text console outside of X will be tiny!).


The next problem is that, once I quit X, my text console screen was all garbled! This was because I'd selected an extended VGA mode in LILO (I like 80x50 instead of 80x25). I was able to reset the console fonts with the 'setfont' command, but that defaults back to 80x25, but that should be fine for most users. To get back to an 80x50 mode, try passing it one of the custom fonts ins /usr/share/kbd/consolefonts:
setfont -or-
setfont iso08.08

For a VGA mode of normal (the LILO default), this doesn't pose a problem for me.

Once I'm satisfied with everything, I will eventually set the /etc/inittab default runlevel to 4 to boot straight into X and then my console fonts won't be an issue anymore.
 
Old 05-20-2006, 11:46 PM   #5
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Dell Inspiron B130 - To Do: ACPI & WiFi

First, I'd like to thank the helpful advice of Scott Olsson at linux-on-laptops.com as well as Steve Tomljenovic for making 915resolution. If it wasn't for them, I'd have a nice $500 XP laptop that I don't need.

Now that I'm up and running, I would eventually like to get working:
1. ACPI, so that I can shut down the laptop, close the lid, etc. I have no idea how to do power management of any kind, desktop, laptop or otherwise, so maybe ACPI isn't what I'd need for a laptop (what is APM?). When I tried to compile a kernel with ACPI, it hung when running the Slack10.2 /etc/rc.d/rc.hotplug init script at startup. If anyone knows what to do, please share.

2. WiFi, so that I can take my new laptop abouts and show off my shiny, spankin' new Slackwarez! I know nothing whatsoever about wireless in Linux and will probably have to start with the HOWTOs (if any) for wireless.

3. Maybe install a 2.6 kernel, but if 2.4.31 outofbox with Slack10.2 does me fine, I don't really care for now...


If I figure out anything on my ToDo list, I'll post it here (if I remember), for anyone else who has an Inspiron B130.
 
Old 05-21-2006, 12:14 AM   #6
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Dell Inspiron B130 - Slackware 10.2 - Kernel Recompile - Alsa Sound Drivers

I'd forgot to mention: after I recompiled & installed the new kernel, I needed to re-install the Alsa Sound drivers because my sound no longer worked. The source code for the Alsa drivers is on the fourth Slackware 10.2 CD. If you'd downloaded 10.2 instead of buying the official CD set, I don't know exactly where to find these, but probably somewhere in the source tree under where the other CDs' ISOs were downloaded from.

1. I put the 4th CD in the drive, mounted, and ran the *.SlackBuild scripts in the source files to copy the Slackware-format install packages to /tmp (the Alsa drivers are part of Slackware's "L" packages):
mount /dev/hdb /mnt/cdrom
cd /mnt/cdrom/source/l

2. In the "L" directory, there are three Alsa source dirs:
alsa-driver
alsa-lib
alsa-oss

3. In each of these dirs, there is a *.SlackBuild script that compiles the source into a Slackware-compatible package in /tmp:
alsa-driver.SlackBuild
alsa-lib.SlackBuild
alsa-oss.SlackBuild

4. I ran each of these like so (took about 10min.):
./alsa-driver.SlackBuild
(repeat for each file)

5. Then I changed to /tmp and re-installed them via Slackware's pkgtool program's "Current" option:
cd /tmp
pkgtool


Apparently, this should be done every time a new kernel is compiled under Slackware, but I'm no expert... maybe they only need to be re-compiled once, or maybe they only need to be re-installed from disk1's /slackware/packages/l directory, I'm not sure...




Quote:
Originally Posted by brgr88
After I mirrored the base install partition, I recompiled a kernel. I probably didn't have to, but I did for these reasons:
1) to change the CPU type from 486 to Celeron(Coppermine)
2) to get rid of PCI Hotplug support, because it fills up my dmesg with junk and I don't appear to have a need for it

Here's what I did:

1. cd /usr/src/linux and run 'make menuconfig'

2. Change "Processor type and features" machine type to "Pentium-III/Celeron(Coppermine)". I hope that's the right one, but seems to be working for my Celeron M 1.4GHz.

3. Remove PCI Hotplug support in "General setup ---> PCI Hotplug Support".

4. Saved and ran: make dep, make clean, make bzImage, make modules, make modules_install.

5. Copied my new kernel and mapfiles into /boot:
cat /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/bzImage > /boot/vmlinuz-nopci
cp /usr/src/linux/System.map /boot/System.map-nopci

6. Added the new kernel to lilo.conf & re-installed LILO:
image = /boot/vmlinuz-nopci
root = /dev/hda8
label = slack-nopci
read-only

7. It rebooted fine, and at this point, I remembered to check my networking with ifconfig and my onboard ethernet (kernel module/driver 'b44' for BroadCom) was now working.

I do not know or care right now if the modem works. The wireless adapter is not working and I will have to look into that eventually, but it's something I've never done before.

I would like to have ACPI to allow the laptop to shut down fully without having to hold the power switch, but when I tried to add it to the kernel compile, my system hung at boot time during the hotplug (/etc/rc.d/rc.hotplug) initialization, so it's not there for now.

X is all the wrong resolution and the version that comes with Slack 10.2 (v6.8.2) doesn't support the Intel 915GM graphics, so that is what I fixed next...
 
Old 05-24-2006, 10:55 PM   #7
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Dell Inspiron B130 - Slackware 10.2 - 2.6.13, ACPI & Touchpad

I had been trying to get my Synaptics touchpad working, since it would be hard to use X mobile if I didn't have table space for a mouse.

I installed the 'tpconfig' program, which didn't work, even though it said it found my touchpad.

Then I Googled for "synaptics linux" and found the Synaptics XFree86 Touchpad driver here:
http://web.telia.com/~u89404340/touchpad/

I installed that, but unfortunately, that still didn't work, so I was thinking that there's probably problems with the out-of-box Slack10.2 kernel version 2.4.31 since I wasn't seeing any touchpad-related messages in dmesg at boot time.

I proceeded to install the 2.6.13 kernel source package that comes with Slack10.2's disk 2; after putting CD in drive:
mount /dev/hdb /mnt/cdrom
cd /mnt/cdrom/linux-2.6.13
pkgtool

All I installed was the source itself, no other packages. I'm sure I could've just downloaded the lastest 2.6.x kernel... Anyway, I updated my source link:
cd /usr/src
rm linux
ln -s linux-2.6.13 linux

I tried just compiling 2.6.13 as it came, but it wouldn't boot, so I restored all .config parms:
cd /usr/src/linux
make mrproper
make menuconfig

Many necessary options are turned off by default in 2.6.13, so I had to enable these:
1. File Systems ---> Reiserfs (will cause kernel panics at boot if not enabled)
2. Device Drivers ---> Network ---> Ethernet 100 ---> Broadcom 4400
3. Device Drivers ---> Sound ---> Alsa ---> everything except for debug & verbose stuff
4. Device Drivers ---> Input ---> evdev (the synaptics driver INSTALL says I needed this)
5. Device Drivers ---> Graphics ---> VGA Mode (for my beloved 80x50 console )

Then I ran the kernel compiles:
make bzImage
make modules
make modules_install
cp /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.13
cp /usr/src/linux/System.map /boot/System.map-2.6.13

Added it to /etc/lilo.conf and re-installed LILO:
image = /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.13
root = /dev/hda8
label = slack_2.6.13
read-only

It booted bootifully!

When I ran /etc/rc.d/rc.gpm, not only was my mouse installed, but so was my touchpad!
Additionally, since ACPI is on by default in the 2.6.13 configs, I could power off the laptop with the usual shutdown commands! It must have better hotplug compatibility support in 2.6, or maybe just because it's installed into the kernel, whereas before I was just compiling it as a module? Never thought about that...

The touchpad was recognized by X, and both the 'pad & mouse work fine there, too. Not only that, but when I quit out of X, my console fonts aren't all messed up anymore!


Now what's left on my to-do is this:
1. WiFi, which I'm not too concerned about, but still would like.
2. ACPI, when I close my lid, it shuts down the laptop altogether! but I rarely travel with the power on anyway.
3. Touchpad has that annoying tap-to-click and the Synaptics 'synclient' program still doesn't work, so X must be getting what it needs from the kernel and this "driver" is useless. Also, in Windows, running my finger up/down the right side of the touchpad will scroll the window, but nothing like that in Linux.
 
Old 05-24-2006, 11:08 PM   #8
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Dell Inspiron B130 - Slackware 10.2 - Touchpad Tapping

It seems I was wrong about this touchpad tapping not working with the synaptics driver:

The tests I had done for my last post were while logged in as root, but when I logged in as a regular user, the tapping was disabled. It turns out that I had an older copy of xorg.conf that I'd copied, as root, into /root for a backup, so it was reading that one when I started X. That copy of xorg.conf was before I'd disabled tapping.

Joy, joy!
 
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Dell Inspiron B130 - Slackware 10.2 - 2.6.13, ACPI & Touchpad Scrolling

And the up/down scrolling works, too! w00t!
 
Old 05-30-2006, 10:39 PM   #10
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Hey dude,

I was reading your "guide" and I am trying your solution for the xorg.conf. I hope it works I was wondering if you still have your problem with your wireless. I have the same laptop here and I use my wireless everywhere I go to. If you need some hints I could help you but basically you need to use the Acer drivers instead of the ones supplied by DELL and install it using ndiswrapper.
 
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Dell Inspiron B130 - Slackware 10.2 - WiFi & Wireless

I finally got wireless working. The bad part is that this was about 5 days ago, and some of what I had to do to install it might be a little fuzzy, so I hope I remember everything I did...


To get the wireless working on my laptop, first I had to look for a program called ndiswrapper from: ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net

It came as a .tgz and had simple install instructions:
tar -zxvf ndiswrapper-1.16.tar.gz
cd ndiswrapper-1.16
make uninstall
make
make install

Unfortunately, it complained about my version of GCC (Slack 10.2 comes with 3.3.6, and it wanted, I believe, 3.4 and up). So, I went to slackware.com, followed to a download site, and downloaded all 18 of the GCC v3.4.6 Slackware package files from the mirror site's "slackware-current/slackware/d" directory (6 pkgs in all), installing them via Slackware's package installer: pkgtool (Note: in hindsight, maybe I should've used Slackware's upgradepkg tool instead, because now I still have all the old 3.3.6 packages lying around and I'm afraid to remove them )

Once installed, I verified it was the correct version with: gcc -v

ndiswrapper compiled without complaining about GCC, but now the kernel module wouldn't load and I forgot the error message, but guessed it was because my kernel was compiled with a different version of GCC that compiled ndiswrapper. So I recompiled the kernel using the same config as the last time, being sure that I added the following config option (which wasn't on by default):
Device Drivers ---> Network device support ---> Wireless LAN (non-hamradio) ---> Wireless LAN drivers & Wireless Extensions.

Then, I re-compiled ndiswrapper.

Now, I needed the drivers for my wireless adapter, I rebooted into Windows and, via device manager, found the drivers I needed: bcmwl5.inf & bcmwl5.sys and copied them into a shared partition, then rebooted into Linux.

1. I installed the drivers like this (this was only needed once, as all the necessary info is loaded into /etc/ndiswrapper/bcmwl5 automatically the first time I ran this command?):
ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf

2. Loaded the kernel module:
modprobe ndiswrapper

3. Connected to my network ID with iwconfig (essid name may vary):
iwconfig wlan0 essid "linksys"

4. Got a DHCP-assigned IP address for my device:
dhcpcd wlan0

And it works! I can list the device in ifconfig; if I want, I can browse local WiFi networks to find available ESSIDs:
iwlist wlan0 scanning


Now, once it's working, I would repeat those steps, but add in any WEP encryption stuff of mine before the "iwconfig essid" command:
iwconfig wlan0 key open xxxxxxxxxxxxxx


I then tried this at init time by putting all those commands at the end of /etc/rc.d/rc.local, but for some reason, it wouldn't acquire an IP address and I assumed that maybe all the commands were being issued too quickly, so I created a startup script called:
/usr/local/bin/rc.bcmwl5 with the following contents:
#!/bin/sh
/sbin/modprobe ndiswrapper
sleep 5
/sbin/iwconfig wlan0 key open xxxxxxxxxxxxx
sleep 5
/sbin/iwconfig wlan0 essid "linksys"
sleep 5
/sbin/dhcpcd wlan0

and added this to the end of rc.local to let it run in the background whilst I logged on:
/usr/local/bin/rc.bcmwl5 &


Now it seems to run fine whenever I boot up!

There probably could have been a better way, and this doesn't leave much room for "automated" deactivation of the WiFi, but I'm not too concerned about that.


And that's pretty much it. There's still the minor issues with ACPI suspend modes, but that would involve scripts to re-load modules & stuff (according to what I've read anyway), and it's not THAT important to me.

If, for some reason, others were to logon to this machine, I would be sure that all ESSID, WEP & MAC info., etc., were protected by removing read access to non-root users from the rc.bcmwl5 script and anywhere else it might be.
 
Old 05-31-2006, 07:55 PM   #12
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Hey dude,

I was reading your "guide" and I am trying your solution for the xorg.conf. I hope it works I was wondering if you still have your problem with your wireless. I have the same laptop here and I use my wireless everywhere I go to. If you need some hints I could help you but basically you need to use the Acer drivers instead of the ones supplied by DELL and install it using ndiswrapper.
leosgb, haha, it turned out to be more of a diary than a guide, but I wanted to write stuff down before I forgot about it. I might rewrite it all to make it neat and post it to linux-laptop.net.

I finally got my wireless working and, oddly enough, the Dell drivers worked just fine, even though yourself & others have told me that they shouldn't. Maybe it's just the current version of ndiswrapper? I don't know but I'm not complaining!
 
Old 05-31-2006, 07:58 PM   #13
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Maybe your distro has some different patch for ndiswrapper. Well I do the same too. When I am trying to figure something out I would create a thread and if there are no replies it becomes a "guide" hehehe I did the 915resolution thing but I have to reboot to windows to test it. If it works I will post back here. Thanks again.
 
  


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