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Old 10-30-2007, 11:42 AM   #1
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Best/most compatible distribution for a Dell Latitude D600

I've been playing around with Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) on my Dell Latitude D600. For the most part it works OK, but there's a show-stopper for me. Basically the laptop hangs on boot 75% of the time if I try to boot when the machine's power is not plugged in. I had both Window 2000 and XP on the box and it did not exhibit this problem with those operating systems. Based on suggestions found on the Ubuntu Forums, I've turned off the parallel port in BIOS, but doing so does not make the problem any better. Does anybody know what's causing this to happen?

Alternatively, if I cannot fix this problem, can anybody suggest a Linux distribution which does not exhibit this problem on this model?

Old 10-31-2007, 09:05 PM   #2
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# Dell Latitude D600 [Gentoo]
# Dell Latitude D600 [Debian]
# Dell Latitude D600 [RedHat9.0,FedoraCore2]
# Dell Latitude D600 [Fedora Core 3]
# Dell Latitude D600 [Debian]
# Dell Latitude D600 [SuSE Linux Professional 9.3]
# Dell Latitude D600 [Mandrake9.2]
# Dell Latitude D600 [Fedora Core 2]
# Dell Latitude D600 [Debian]
Old 10-31-2007, 11:54 PM   #3
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It may have a problem similar to my C600, something probes the PCMCIA bus in a way that it obviously doesn't like and it hard locks the system. I commented out the 0x800-0x8ff line in my /etc/pcmcia/config.opts, dunno if this will help you at all.

EDIT: I found some more specific info on the D600:
PCMCIA: This model is susceptible to the same PCMCIA problem as older lattitudes and inspirons, while this may be fixed in more recent kernels, to avoid a hang when cardmgr starts i had to modify /etc/pcmcia/config.opts as follows: from include port 0x100-0x4ff, port 0x800-0x8ff,port 0xc00-0xcff to include port 0x100-0x4ff,port 0xc00-0xcff (credit to Mark Holbrook)
So it appears getting rid of "include port 0x800-0x8ff" should help you too...if this is your problem.

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