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Old 12-06-2007, 11:09 PM   #16
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Thanx everyone!
the problem was that everything wanted to "upgrade" from the i810 driver to the "intel" driver
the intel driver is not a stable driver (opensuse even says so in release notes)!(10.3)
so the trick is to not do any updates that will remove the i810 driver!the package managers will tell you what will be installed and what will be the next thing to do is find a release that still has the i810 driver. i now have pclos 2007 final up and running without having to touch the config file, it just works! just don't let it update you too the intel driver or you'll be looking at a black screen when your x loads!
Old 12-08-2007, 10:45 AM   #17
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Never could understand why everybody seems to think a boot splash is in any way necessary
cause it's cool to see a pinguin in the background while the puter turns on, duh!!
btw, the slash screen uses the kernal driver, The Xorg.conf file won't help in this situation.

looks like Simon is right, you gotta push on and become a linux nut. Next step building a custom kernel........ If you only knew the power of the Pinguin.
Old 12-17-2007, 01:32 PM   #18
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Glad you got Ubuntu working. I messed with it on my Inspiron 1100 for a while but couldn't get the X11 stuff to work even with the recommendations they had. Then I tried CentOS 5 which we use quite a bit at work. It just worked. So I stuck with it. Of course there's also the fact that I'm a lot more familiar with RedHat & derivatives than Debian & derivatives.
Old 03-25-2009, 07:03 PM   #19
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Inspiron 1100 Video not working with OpenSuse 11.1

I've been through the posts, and links that this thread has posted. I have tried the following:

Updated BIOS to A32
Upgraded Video from 1 to 8 meg

Tried running Live CD from Suse 11.1 I get a nice splash screen it goes to starting X and it displays a puke green color with the display looking nasty.

I tried different resolutions, Text and Vesa. Same results.

Going to try Ubuntu but tried Mandriva before the above updates and I get a black screen.
Old 03-25-2009, 08:00 PM   #20
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I currently have Mepis 8 on mine - don't recall any particular issues. With video that is; the LAN wasn't found, but there's a note in the wiki on how to get the driver swapped over for the older Broadcom chipset.
I had Ubuntu 8.10 running on it, but it won't fully install X properly. I had to go find a xorg.conf (from my Arch I suspect) and use that. If you delete it altogether it will probably work with the new xserver code in Hardy.
Old 03-04-2010, 05:20 PM   #21
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Question Wanting to get the same results but need more guidance

1 upgrade the 1100 bios to A32
OK, I've got it.

2 change the video shared memory in the bios from 1 to 8 meg
OK, I've got it.

3 do Ubuntu 7.10 install in "video safe mode" - will use VESA driver
How is this done? From the boot menu on the CD? I'm wanting to install Mint so I assume it works like Ubuntu. Can somebody please explain this more?

4 perform all updated and patches
This happens AFTER the OS is installed, correct? You're referring to updates and patches to the OS that was installed?

5 add the video card info found in this reply in /etc/X11/xorg.conf
How do I do this? I'm not at my computer now, but I think last night when I tried it, I was told that I was not allowed to edit it. So I figured I would edit it from while on the CD, but I couldn't find the folder on hard drive or something. Am I heading in the right direction with my thinking? Any additional prep comments would be so much appreciated!

6 add the screen info found in this reply in /etc/X11/xorg.conf
You're talking about the same file as in 5, right? I'm assuming the entire text that you posted is what the entire file is supposed to have, right? Because when I loaded it up initially, it was a blank file, I think.

7 sudo aptitude install 915resolution
I am completely lost on this one. Where is 915resolution? Is it already in the OS? If not, how do I get it? Is it just a setting? What is aptitude? Is that some kind of handle or is it another file? I don't know what sudo means, but it looks like a command of some type in Unix. Please be more instructive for us babies.

8 reboot and rock out with Ubuntu 7.10!
Will this work with newer versions, as well as with Mint? I sure hope so, but will do what I have to do if it mean getting it working.

Here's a big thanks for anybody who can help me out.
My computer is a Dell Inspiron 1100 2 ghz Celeron, 1 gb RAM, 40gb drive, currently Windows XP on 15 gb partition, Mint on 24gb partition, dual-boot manager set up (which took a while to get running because I missed a couple settings while installing Mint, but now I have it and feel joy in success).

Mint appears to work just fine on my external monitor, but nothing on my laptop's display. The command line at startup shows at POST and once Linux starts up it's goodbye to the laptop's display, hello external. I would like to get over this so I can actually use the laptop as a laptop. I like's Mint feel, but if I have to use Ubuntu I don't have a problem, especially since I have no experience with either to begin with, other than just checking things over.

-Adam Berkey

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