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Old 04-03-2009, 12:24 AM   #1
joutlancpa
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Is anyone running Slackware on a Dell Laptop?


I have a Dell Precision m4400, and I can't get any distro other than a Ubuntu derivative (I'm using Kubuntu 9.04 beta x64 now) to get into X because of HW detection issues relating to my Nivida Quadro FX770 and Samsung 1440x900 LED screen. MEPIS won't run, PCLOS won't run, Mandriva won't run, Fedora won't run, etc etc. However, I haven't tried Slack.

A long thread entitled "A plea for Mercy" under newbies on Mepislovers.org yielded no results with different boot parameters, scripts for Nvidia, etc.

Is anyone using a similar DELL laptop with Slack? I'd sure like to know because right now I'm stuck in the world of Ubuntu. I'm on wireless only right now and can't run a cable. If it will run possibly, what discs do I need to burn?

thanks !!
 
Old 04-03-2009, 02:50 AM   #2
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Sounds like X is your problem - it might be possible for others to help you even though they don't necessarily have a similar Dell laptop to yours.

Could you start by outlining which video card exactly you have, and maybe, from your functioning ubuntu install, put your xorg.conf as well as output of Xorg.0.log on pastebin.com and reference here?

That way, someone might be able to recreate a similar configuration for you under slackware using the same drivers and configurations.

What could be a problem is if your dell is so new that it has a video card that requires more recent drivers than what's currently shipping in Slackware.

X.org project has faced a few stability problems recently due to lack of manpower, so Slackware seems to be following a careful and conservative upgrade path when it comes to new X.org versions in order to keep things stable and reliable.

-y1
 
Old 04-03-2009, 10:24 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Yalla-One View Post
Sounds like X is your problem - it might be possible for others to help you even though they don't necessarily have a similar Dell laptop to yours.

Could you start by outlining which video card exactly you have, and maybe, from your functioning ubuntu install, put your xorg.conf as well as output of Xorg.0.log on pastebin.com and reference here?

That way, someone might be able to recreate a similar configuration for you under slackware using the same drivers and configurations.

What could be a problem is if your dell is so new that it has a video card that requires more recent drivers than what's currently shipping in Slackware.

X.org project has faced a few stability problems recently due to lack of manpower, so Slackware seems to be following a careful and conservative upgrade path when it comes to new X.org versions in order to keep things stable and reliable.

-y1
Thanks...I have a copy of the Xorg.O.log from this successful Kubuntu install....it seems to be a screen/ maybe vid card problem. The card is a Quadro FX770m....screen is a 1440.900 LED samsung (15 inches, 16.10) I'm adding additional specs to my sig....thanks again !! I would love to get slack up and running !



Cheers, Big Ears!

DΞLL Precision M4400: T9600, 4GB 800, 250GB 7200.3, WXGA+ LED, QUADRO FX 770 512MB, Intel 5300, BT, Backlit KB//Vista Business 64/Kubuntu 9.04 x64
Asus A8JS: MEPIS 8 32/XP 32 dual boot

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Old 04-04-2009, 12:56 AM   #4
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Well, I have an old Dell Latitude 233MHz laptop that I'm running Slack 12.2 on with no problems. As I remember, during setup, I ran "xorgcfg" or "xorgconf," one of those two. After that, it started right up. I don't have it at hand to snag a copy of the xorg.conf for you. Little later and I will.
 
Old 04-04-2009, 02:17 AM   #5
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I have a Dell Latitude D600 that runs Slackware 12.2 just fine. You should be able to install and boot Slack no problem, since by default it sets you up for console mode, instead of X. Now, getting it to run X might take a little more effort, but I got mine to run by using the included "radeon" driver to power X.

As for wireless, I used the b43-legacy firmware from http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43. I don't know what wireless card you have but I would burn Slackware to a DVD (CD if you don't mind burning a half dozen) and see if the wireless comes up. If not, grab the firmware you need off that website and use a thumb drive to add it.

Once you get X and the wireless to start automatically on boot, you can edit /etc/inittab to boot into runlevel 4 instead of 3.
 
Old 04-04-2009, 07:45 AM   #6
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For any distro, if X won't run with the stock Nvidia module (very common), just edit xorg.conf and change the video driver to "vesa" which is very generic and will run practically any video card.

After installation you can then download and install the correct driver module from Nvidia's website.
 
Old 04-04-2009, 09:07 AM   #7
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I'm running a latitude D830 with nvidia Quadro NVS 140M

X might work under slackware, it might not. The only way to know for sure is to try it yourself.

You can download slackware as a single dvd iso or as several cd isos. If you choose the cd isos, you only need the first 3 disks to install slackware, the other ones contain the sources of the software shipping with slackware.

If you want to triple boot, try to prepare a install partition before you boot into slackware. (for example, by using gparted from the Kubuntu install cd)
Otherwise, you can just format over the Kubuntu partition from inside the slackware installer. Slackware doesn't have a partition resize tool included on the install disk, so you need to have free (unpartitioned) disk space, or something you don't mind formatting to cyber-heaven, before you begin installing.
 
Old 04-04-2009, 10:08 PM   #8
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What I've done is put Slack on my Asus A8js....I'm in an Xfce desktop now (which is what I wanted for that machine) and need to get the Intel 3945 wireless working. I'm not sure how. I used the first two CD's for the install because I read that on the sticky here. Is the iwlwifi already installed, and I can't find a network manager on the desktop. I have another thread I just started on this. thanks
 
  


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