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Stephanie 07-19-2001 02:17 PM

Dell Inspiron Notebook Help
My last post did not go through as far as I can see, so please dont get mad I am reposting.

I was looking at the differences between Windows and Linux versions of their Inspiron 8000 laptops, and discovered that Windows has much more available features. SO I decided that I am going to order a Windows ystem (wait, I have a plan), and then install Linux on it after the fact. but I have a few questions.

A. Does Linux support UltraXGA displays, or does that really need an operating system driver?

B. Does Linux support Nvidia GeForce2 goVid DDR?

mcleodnine 07-19-2001 03:02 PM

Isn't the Windows version more expensive? Can't you just order the notebook with no OS?

Stephanie 07-19-2001 05:19 PM

Yeah, I can order it without and O/S, but than they wont give me the same options for a machine than if I get Windows.

mcleodnine 07-19-2001 06:05 PM

Like, what. They give you different hardware? Or are they just not listing options supported by their RH Linux install?

punt 07-19-2001 09:23 PM

they don't install linux on inspiron 8000s, and the inspiron 8000 is the "mobile desktop" with all the goodies. :)

however, there's also a latitude C800, i believe, which is pretty much the i8000 (features-wise) in a "corporate" package. if you can get linux on the C800, go for it.

btw, i'm using an 8000 now, but ... shoot me ... i'm using win2k. ;)

Stephanie 07-20-2001 10:34 AM

They dont give as many options if you have them install Linux. I would do it myself, but then they told me that I then could not order it with all the goodies.

I like Dell, but it seems that if that they may be cool and offer Linux, but they must not believe in freedom and innovation for their products.

DavidPhillips 07-21-2001 10:20 PM

I think they are just trying to sell what package they have, because of the cost of individual customization. We just bought 5000 of the Latitudes and I guess we got a good deal on them with W2k installed.

When upgrade time comes around in a couple of years I will own the one I use at work now, and the latest distro will go on it very quickly.

jonathh 12-17-2001 05:09 AM

Inspiron 8000
This is *mostly* a linux question. I just bought a inspiron 8000 second hand from a friend and within >10 seconds< of it being in my 'care'. I installed win2k, and Redhat linux. PEACHY. But my network card won't work under windows or linux...


I've worked my way through the drivers on the dell website. Alas no luck... Modem is found and works.. but no network card. Anyclues? any software thay would probe an unknown network to see if it is even alive? I'm not even sure what network card it is to be honest... don't have the technical specs.. so anyone with even that morsilen of info would be good!

Fank you anyone!

DavidPhillips 12-17-2001 06:03 AM

look at they have your model

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