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Old 03-26-2003, 11:09 PM   #1
JayCnrs
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Thumbs up Dell Inspiron 2650, with everything working


I am really enjoying the Red Hat Linux experience. Took me a couple days and some help from this wonderful Forum, plus a lot of reading but I did it.

The installation went quite well, except for the X configuration, since I have a GeForce 2 Go NVIDIA card chose NVIDIA driver that came with Red Hat and chose Graphical Login OOPs. Had to re-install. This time I used all the defaults got X up but couldn't play Tux Racer due to no Open GL. Downloaded the tar.gz source packages from NVIDIA I am now enjoying 3d graphics and many rounds of Tux Racer, First Success

My Network and Internet setup automatically thanks to using a US Robotics Router, however I couldn't use the Print Server, I was not happy, came to this forum found an old thread using search which led me in the proper direction, then I used the redhat-config-printer got this working using the UNIX printer protocol and lpd. Second Success

Then decided I would need the modem to work for when I was travelling, fortunately my Dell Laptop came with a Conexant Soft Modem, downloaded the driver hsflinmodem generic RPM, installed then configured the modem using the hsf configuration utility. After a succesful install went into KDE ran kppp, setup and queryed my modem, now I am able to go online while on the road. Third Success

Decided I needed a new mouse so I went out and bought a Logitech Marble mouse. Plugged it in Kudzu fired up and installed my new mouse, but then all of a sudden I couldn't use my touchpad, I didn't want to have to carry a mouse around, found a very handy thread editted my XF86Config file, now I am enjoying using both my USB Marble Mouse and touchpad. Fourth Success

Not being one to leave well enough alone I wanted to speed up my PC ran hdparm and saw that I had dma on but running I/O 16 Bit. So tried a command and turned on 32 bit w/sync and eeked out a touch more speed from my hard drive. Went on the next day booted up my PC and 16 bit was enabled again, so I decided to get my hands a little more dirty, went into my sysinit file and added the hdparm command to set 32 bit w/sync to come on at bootup, rebooted the computer kept my fingers tightly crossed and waited, it worked ! Fifth Success

I would like to issue a big thanks to everybody who has helped on this forum and the moderators for doing such a wonderful job.

Keep up the good work and we may get more Linux converts.

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Old 04-06-2003, 01:54 PM   #2
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JayCnrs,

Thanks for a great post. I have myself an Inspiron 2650. It's a P4 1.8Ghz, 385Mb 30Gb Hitachi with probably the same internal winmodem and I also have the GeForce Go 2 card. I got the latest video drivers 1.0.49xx (whatever ver they are again) and got the GL working on it cool. Celestia looks cool on it.

I notice you go the drive using 32-bit? Did you change it in /etc/sysconfig/harddisks eventually? Cool job for a laptop eh?
 
Old 04-06-2003, 07:58 PM   #3
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To set 32 bit I added this line into /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit under the comment Setting Kernel Parameters:

action $"Setting 32 bit mode:" hdparm -c3 /dev/hda

Yes, I love my Inspiron 2650, so easy to set Linux up on.
 
Old 04-19-2003, 11:48 PM   #4
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which pakeges you installed for winmodem?
 
Old 04-20-2003, 12:55 PM   #5
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Nakkaya,

Go here: http://www.mbsi.ca/cnxtlindrv/hsf/do...s-rh-i686.html
 
Old 04-20-2003, 03:25 PM   #6
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i ru the listmodem but it said i dont have a connextant modem
 
Old 04-20-2003, 07:27 PM   #7
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Do you have windows on the machine? It should tell you in under hardware devices. Is it a PCI card modem? Check out the chip on the card.
 
Old 04-20-2003, 09:05 PM   #8
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no i dont have windows on the machine
 
Old 04-20-2003, 09:10 PM   #9
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Any info on what kind the card is? Is it external or internal winmodem? If it's a pci card look for a chip on it for a number and make. I always can track an unknown winmodem that way.
 
Old 04-20-2003, 09:31 PM   #10
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fix it thx for help
 
Old 04-20-2003, 10:33 PM   #11
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do you get device busy for /dev/modem after using wvdial is there a way to fix it.
 
Old 05-03-2003, 01:45 AM   #12
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Question Inspiron 2650 Modem problem!!

I have a problem with mi Inspiron 2650 modem. I recently install Suse 8.1 with kernel 2.4.19-4G and I choose the exactly matching kernel version (HSF).
I configure the modem with hsconfig but then I tried to use de Kinternet from the Gnome desktop and nothing happen.
Suse has the Yast configuration tool and the modem has the right location (ttySHSFO) in the modem configuration utility, so the question is:

What program or command should I use to connect to Internet? and how can I be sure that the driver installed correctly?

I have to connect through windows ... please help!

I dont speak english so excuse me about errors on writing.
 
Old 05-03-2003, 03:10 AM   #13
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wvdial works for mine
 
Old 05-03-2003, 06:00 PM   #14
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and in the faq there is way to test your driver using minicom take a look
 
Old 10-18-2003, 06:28 PM   #15
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I have and Inspiron 2650 that I wish to install linux on. I was planning on using Red Hat 9 3 CD Download. Would this be a wise choice? I have had problems with redhat in the past. where alot of the default standard linux command line utilities were not there but it sound like the first user had much success though. A couple questions that I have not seen covered though if I may:

1: Does the battery utilities operate correctly? can I have it so that when I close the lid it will hibernate? Does linux even support Hibernation?

2: Is there a distribution that will just get it all correct "battery, modem, Nvidia drivers, nic, and all that kinda stuff on install? if so what?

3: Has anyone tried Lindows or Xandros on one of these yet?
 
  


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