This post has been updated/cleaned.
hp Compaq nc6120 business notebook
Intel Centrino (Pentium M) 1.7Ghz
2GB DDR system RAM
60GB IDE 5400rpm hard drive
Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG 802.11bg Wireless LAN
Broadcom Gigabit Wired LAN
Intel Mobile 915GM/PM/GMS/910GML graphics chipset, up to 128MB Shared RAM
Realtek AC'97 Audio Chipset
Texas Instruments chipset based Multi-card reader
This machine has been running Mandriva Free 2008.1 (Spring) for several months without real issues (apart from not being able to hibernate, did not get around to fixing that yet).
I had however the bright idea to upgrade myself to the rather good looking Mandriva Free 2009, and that was when the fun started.
I first attempted a graphical inline upgrade from 2008.1 to 2009; and this was performed quickly without error.
After looking around a little I decided that a 'clean' install might be more appropriate, and decided to format and start over.
So far so good, everything installed very quickly and at the end.. the shiny KDE4 appeared.
Now, I'm slowly getting used to the changes they made.
But there are some things that seem odd, or wrong.
This is the current list of problems, explanations below:
- A desktop kernel was installed after online update. [UNRESOLVED]
- Suspend-to-RAM works, slow, but works. Suspend-to-disk causes deadlock. [UNRESOLVED]
- Wireless configuration GUI is bugged [PARTLY RESOLVED]
- Where did Bluetooth go? [UNRESOLVED]
- KDE4 Panel/Desktop oddities [PARTLY RESOLVED]
- Information, Presentation, and audio control buttons don't work [UNRESOLVED]
- URPMI/aria2 system is broken after updating [PARTLY RESOLVED]
This machine is a notebook. During the DVD install I saw that it installed a notebook kernel and notebook optimization settings.
However, after updating itself, I see this:
[Xolo@BOFH1 ~]$ uname -r
Which to me, does not look like a laptop kernel. Why is this and if this is wrong, how do I change it without bricking the entire install?
Recalling Mandriva Free 2008.1 (Spring), this happened there too.
The laptop kernel is still in my boot list and I can boot it just fine, but I want to know why this desktop kernel is favoured over the laptop kernel+laptop tweaks?
Is this why suspend is always broken out of the box?
Suspend-to-RAM works, but is slow. Slow putting it into suspend, and slow getting it out of suspend. Heavy disk swap seems to happen also although the swap partition itself is not touched (as in swap usage by Linux)
Suspend-to-disk is mildly different, also slow entering suspend, slow to get out with a twist: the machine goes into deadlock instead of bringing back the session.
Both these issues were present in 2008.1 as well.
Kernel issue? (laptop versus desktop kernel)
Wireless works after letting Mandriva pull the required packages onto the machine over wired ethernet. hardware touchbutton still works.
: You have to manually edit /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf as root because the GUI network manager in KDE will NOT leave the case of the wireless encryption key alone. The key will always be converted to lowercase and this DOES NOT WORK. So far all wireless access points I have tested with reject authentication because the keys are case sensitive.
This issue was also present in 2008.1 and was not fixed.
Where did Bluetooth go? I saw it install the packages, but it is nowhere to be found, and no status icon for the device is present in the system tray, nor can it be added (thus far).
Bluetooth worked out of the box in 2008.1 and could be toggled with the wireless touch button on the keyboard in parallel with the wireless radio.
The KDE desktop, the panel/taskbar and all it's glory.. lack all the usual configuration options you've come to expect in KDE3.
The GUI that lets you choose the size and position is broken/doesn't work in KDE4 (old package in a new release??), there are no 'hide' buttons on either side anymore, can't hide inactive icons in the systray anymore, limited ability to move the icons around, on the desktop you can't align icons by grid/date/type/whatever anymore, etc.
You get the idea. I see there is limited functionality in so called 'widgets', but i'm looking for a bit more flexibility like we had it in KDE3.
Who knows the magic incantation to bring that up again?
What I really miss is the 'Home' button on the KDE panel and on the desktop. or what's left of it anyway; KDE4 introduces 'Activities' which are actually multiple desktops within a single desktop.
The cashew nut at the top right and bottom of the screen are cute though, but harbour the same menu options you get when right-clicking anywhere else.
I realise KDE4 is in the 'child's shoes' phase as we call it here in Holland, but this is shipped in finished distros right now. What am I missing? because this is really painful.
As an aside, it seems that the panel in KDE4 is not entirely stable, and will lose icons randomly or experience icon corruption, or both.
Input appreciated here.
It appears the volume buttons on this notebook are no longer recognized when moving to Mandriva 2009, but they sure were in 2008.1, and featured a decent on-screen display to boot. Where did that go and how to get it back?
Sad to report that I can now confirm the URPMI/aria2 package managing and updating system present in Mandriva Free 2009 is BROKEN.
The auto update feature present in Mandriva never comes up, and you can't use the rpmdrake GUI to install/remove/update software either, even if you are root.
It will always report that the URPMI database is locked.
One search later one learns that the magic incantation to 'unlock' the database, is to open up a terminal and, as root, do the following:
[Xolo@BOFH1 ~]$ su
[root@BOFH1 ~]# rm -f /var/lib/urpmi/.LOCK
Which is really not a pretty solution, and only lasts up until the system decides it is time to try and auto update, at which point the database is locked up again and the updater fails silently without ever showing up on your system tray.
This happened after the URPMI system updated itself!
As it appears KDE3 applications will work under KDE4 if you install kde3-base:
I see that KDE4 still waits for backports of common programs such as K3b, hence it shining by absence from the default install..
What are the risks I face, other than wasting precious disk space, when I choose to install these missing apps, and get prompted to install KDE3.xx in order to satisfy dependancies?
Just when I got used to Konqueror, it is ditched in favour of Dolphin.
Why? really, why. give me a really good set of reasons here.
Dolphin is nice and all, but it is large, clunky and limited compared to the Konqueror I got so used to using all these years.
Is there a way to reliably, permanently switch the default filemanager, if yes, how?
I cleaned up the part where I listed the lspci output, it was stretching the Linuxquestions page beyond a size my screen can handle (1024x768 pixels)
I am hoping that this thread can be at least generic enough to help other people in their encounter(s) with Mandriva 2009 and KDE4.
If there is anything you could help me with on the above I would appreciate it, thank you in advance for your time reading this, and good luck.