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Old 07-29-2007, 11:10 AM   #1
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linux for dell latitude d520


ive had linux on a pc before mainly suse.fedora,mandriva and xandros)
im wanting to put linux on my new laptop (which has xp pro)
im wanting to know which will work best
my system spec is
intel celeron 1.7
512 ram
80 g haarddrive
mobile intel 945g graphics
 
Old 07-29-2007, 12:57 PM   #2
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I would recommend Fedora 7, it works perfect with only little adjustments on a Latitude D620.
The D520 has some other Hardware of course cause it's middle range budget.

Audio: STAC 92XX C-Major HD Audio - Sigmatel, works
Video: 945GM Graphics Controller, works
Chipset: works
NIC: BCM 440 - works
WLAN: either Ndiswrapper or ipw - works
Powermanagment: works
 
Old 07-30-2007, 02:53 PM   #3
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just installed fedora 7, now when i open network its showing my eth0 (ethernet card) which i dont use and eth1 (wireless) which i do use
both are inactive and when i activate eth1 its scanning for my ip address but doesnt find it.
how do i set it up please
 
Old 07-31-2007, 12:15 AM   #4
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So I think eth1 is your wireless lan nic,
What I need to know so that I may help is what manufacture did you order for your wireless lan option.
Can you please post the output of the lcpci command if you open a terminal as root?
#/sbin/lspci

Then we will figure it out and setup your WLAN in just no time :-)
 
Old 07-31-2007, 12:52 PM   #5
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sorry its late i just got in.
heres what i get from /sbin/lspci
[john@j ~]$ su
Password:
[root@j john]# /sbin/lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 01)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
02:01.0 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. Cardbus bridge (rev 21)
02:01.4 FireWire (IEEE 1394): O2 Micro, Inc. Firewire (IEEE 1394) (rev 02)
0c:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)
[root@j john]#


hope this makes some sense
 
Old 07-31-2007, 08:45 PM   #6
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Help!!!

I have a Dell Latitude D520 as well, and am trying to install Fedora 7. It has a Core 2 Duo with 1GB of RAM and a 40GB hard drive. I am trying to dual boot with Windows XP Pro.

The problem that I am having is that once the initial installation completes, the system hangs while trying to boot the kernel. I am trying to get to the setup of the user, time, sound, etc. GRUB works, but I cannot get into Fedora.

I have resorted to using FC6 with no problems, but I really would like to run F7.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 
Old 08-01-2007, 12:59 AM   #7
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@in2media
What happens? What does it show?
rpm -qa | grep ipw3945

If nothing then:
yum install ipw3945*

Next step
lsmod (look for a module called ipw3945)

If it's shown there you can check using chkconfig if the service is started at boot time
chkconfig --list ipw3945d

To start the Service:
service ipw3945 start

Setup the Network:
system-config-network-druid

@henrycorp
Check if the DELL installed kind of a restore partition
If so kick it.
Get some free space behind WinXP using a live-cd like knoppix and qparted.
 
Old 08-01-2007, 10:01 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by odcheck
Youíll take my life but Iíll take yours too
Youíll fire you musket but Iíll run you through

Nice Iron Maiden reference...

-custangro
 
Old 08-01-2007, 11:07 AM   #9
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Setting up Install Process
Parsing package install arguments
fedora 100% |=========================| 2.1 kB 00:00
updates 100% |=========================| 1.9 kB 00:00
primary.sqlite.bz2 100% |=========================| 1.1 MB 00:04
filelists.sqlite.bz2 100% |=========================| 6.4 MB 00:27
filelists.sqlite.bz2 100% |=========================| 2.6 MB 00:11
Nothing to do
[root@j john]# lsmod
bash: lsmod: command not found
[root@j john]# chkconfig
bash: chkconfig: command not found
[root@j john]# lsmod
bash: lsmod: command not found
[root@j john]# chkconfig --list ipw3945d
bash: chkconfig: command not found
[root@j john]# service ipw3945 start
bash: service: command not found


please help
 
Old 08-01-2007, 11:13 AM   #10
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I'm running openSUSE 10.2 on a Dell Latitude D610 and other than a minor struggle getting the Intel 2200 wifi up and running I have no complaints.

A minor tweak was also necessary to get the hardware acceleration running for the Intel 915 video chipset.
 
Old 08-02-2007, 07:09 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ace1970
I'm running openSUSE 10.2 on a Dell Latitude D610 and other than a minor struggle getting the Intel 2200 wifi up and running I have no complaints.

A minor tweak was also necessary to get the hardware acceleration running for the Intel 915 video chipset.
Nice to know, but 1st of all he has 945GM, and he has got a D520 and this is totaly different,
btw.
And he owns a IntelPro Wireless 3945
and 2nd he wants Fedora 7 and this is a good choice :-)


----Back to the prob-----

The commands are stored in /sbin/
so it would be /sbin/chkconfig
and /sbin/lsmod

(run them as root)

But your yum seems to work over ethernet (lan cable) so
check rpm -qa | grep ipw3945

Did you find something?

- get those files

ipw3945d
ipw3945-firmware

see easiest way is of course via yum

1.) The easiest way to install freshrpms.net packages is to click HERE: http://ftp.freshrpms.net/pub/freshrp....fc.noarch.rpm from within firefox, choose to open with Software Installer (the default) then go to Add/Remove Software from the main menu, where new applications will be available in the list.

After it's done you'll have a repo file under /etc/yum.repo.d/freshrpms.repo something like that.

2.) yum install ipw3945*

Regards
 
Old 08-02-2007, 08:22 AM   #12
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right ive just done what you said and installed those packages
when i go in to system/administration/network configuration
and try to activate wlan0 this is what i get
error for wireless request "set mode" (8B06):
set failed on device wlan0; device or resource busy

determination of ip address failed
 
Old 08-02-2007, 12:34 PM   #13
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would it be worth me re-installing fc7, incase i missed something out during the install
 
Old 08-02-2007, 02:37 PM   #14
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[root@localhost John]# /sbin/chkconfig --list ipw3945d
ipw3945d 0ff 1ff 2ff 3n 4n 5n 6ff
[root@localhost John]#
 
Old 08-03-2007, 12:58 AM   #15
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odcheck-

Dell did not install a restore partition. I wiped out the drive by deleting the existing partition, and installing Windows XP Pro (on a 20GB partition). I then tried to install Fedora 7 (on a 16.25GB partition with 1GB swap). The installation looked good, and when I went to do the initial configuration (sound card, create user, etc.), it hung with the screen saying "Ok, booting the kernel."

Could it be the media that I'm using (even though the media checked out and a friend of mine used the same disc to install F7 on a hard drive at school)? Or does it have to do with the hardware in the laptop itself?

Thanks.
 
  


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