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Old 10-10-2003, 03:39 PM   #1
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Need help w/ Insprion 8500 RH9


have a Dell Insprion 8500 Laptop with a P4 2.4 256 RAM (soon to be upgraded) 64MB DDR 4X AGP NV28 3D Video 30GB HD 15.4 in WSXGA+ and a SMC EliteConnect 200mW 802.11.b Card.
My question is I need to know how to get the laptop working the way it is ment to, I have the media keys, and the sleep mode features on the laptop, so now I need to know how to get them working.

I have upgraded my kernel to the ACPI kernel
But my display still looks like crap (it's ether just in a little area in the middle of my monitor or is too big for the screen) and when i shut the lid it wont sleep, also my media keys dont work, along w/ the 802.11.b (found it on seattlewireless[dot]net they said it worked w/ Linux).
Can anyone give me a step by step on how to get everything in good working order. (I have been a Windows user for a while and am very good w/ it I have just switched to Linux, so I do know computers just not Linux...if that makes sense)
THANKS
Evil357
 
Old 10-16-2003, 02:34 AM   #2
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search for the appropriate driver's...Linux isn't like Win2K or XP, its like Windows for work groups 3.0...search and pray.

you laptop is a new one, drivers for new technology are hard to find for linux.
try these sites;
http://kernel.org/
http://sdlug.org/
http://www.linuxgurus.com
http://freshmeat.net/

and my favorite

http://www.rpmfind.net
 
Old 10-16-2003, 11:56 AM   #3
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I have an answer to the reason your screen is small...well a solution really. I have a Dell inspiron 8200 with the same problem. After xfree86 loads. push Fn+F7. I don't know why...it just is.
 
Old 10-20-2003, 02:42 PM   #4
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I think you are going to be best off installing the nvidia drivers manually. If you get the kernel module and GLX drivers for IA32 linux from the nvidia.com website and then install them per instructions( I think you will need to grab the kernel Source RPM for this, Its all outlined in the README), you will probably get the DISPLAY all set up nice and neat.
 
Old 10-23-2003, 06:00 AM   #5
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I just now got around to compiling the kernel (I know it's pathic) but I have one question. You told me that I need to click the "Load Configuration from File"...what config file do I select, and where do I find it.


Thanks,
-Evil357
 
Old 11-13-2003, 09:07 PM   #6
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