I recently installed Suse 9.1 personal on my Dell D400 (exactly the same specs). I too am a newbie to Linux.
Everything works out of the box except for:
a) the Screen resolution - you need to install something called 855patch
, if you want to get more than 480x640.
- to do this, you must first install the following packets: make, gcc, binutils and glibc-devel. You can get these at your local Suse mirror.
- it wasn't hard, just read up on it on google and all the readme's.
b) the Dell TrueMobile 1300 WLAN mini-PCI card. You basically have 3 options: install linuxant, ndiswrapper or madwifi. The first 2 use the win-drivers that came with the laptop, the third one is a driver derived from *bsd, all download links have been removed for the time being for that one on sourceforge, but you can find one if you google hard enough.
- the Linuxant thing is supposed to work very well, but you have to pay for it.
- I've been trying to get the ndiswrapper thing to work for a few days, with not much luck. It is supposed to be one of the hardest things for a newbie to install, as you can tell by all the results that turn up when you search google or the linux forums for 'ndiswrapper'.
If I don't have any luck with the wireless soon, I'll post here on this forum for some help. In the meantime, here's some links regarding the d400:
Jan's D400 site
And this mandrake user has the same kind of wireless card as the TrueMobile 1300: forum post on mandrakeusers.org
Here's Suse's ndiswrapper instructions
- I'm not giving up, that's for sure
PS: One more thing, since you're from Switcherland. I had some trouble getting my native language installed. Icelandic was not an option when I installed. Don't know what language you speak, I gues if you speak german, you won't have any such problems It took me a while to figure out that I had to use a program called SAX2 to find Icelandic, I don't know why it isn't under YAST, which is a pretty good tool.