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Old 11-18-2008, 04:59 AM   #1
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Which Linux for me?

I own a Dell XPS M1730, with 4gb of ram, 8700 Nivdia graphics card, DVD+-RW, bluetooth mouse, Wireless N card. I have Ubuntu (64bit) installed now, but for the life of me I can't get the fans to work. I tried to find i8k for it, but failed in finding the d/l and it isn't in the Glrellm software. So I might try a different Distro, but instead of loading all of them maybe someone here will know which version will work the best on my machine? I prefer 64bit, unless it isn't possible.
Old 11-18-2008, 07:27 AM   #2
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It might be possible that some one on this forum use the same machine , but a good starting point is also the hardware
database of each distro.
Nearly every distro has such a database
And also most most of the software which come standard with the distro

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Old 11-18-2008, 07:39 AM   #3
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Hi Oditius,

I've never eard of this Fan issue before.

Can you tell us what doesn't work exactly?
  1. Does the fan is working with Windows?
  2. Does the Fan is NOT turning or you just can't change the speed of the Fan?
  3. Did you try to turn the fan on with the following?
    echo "on" > /proc/acpi/fan/FAN/state

Last edited by angel115; 11-18-2008 at 07:40 AM.
Old 01-18-2009, 09:54 AM   #4
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Rep: Reputation: 0 newb here. I've tried several distros on my m1730 and can only manage to boot into Linux on a liveCD. Whenever I try a windows install I fall into Busybox Inframs after 'end of device' errors. Have already set the bios to ATA. Am adding all_generic_ide pci=nomsi irqpoll but still no luck. If I try to install from within Lin after a boot from the liveCD the partition manager isn't seeing any of the partitions even though there are 2 formatted Fat32.

I've been combing the forums for help but still no luck.

If anyone has a bone to throw me on this problem-please do.

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I'm a newb too, and from what I know, sabayon has the best hardware support, they claim to support 99 percent of hardware out of the box. So either of you should try that, it might help with your problems.
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:49 PM   #7
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It seems that there are a few unrelated info requests running on this thread...

I would be interested to know the outcome of the fan problem (a generic interest in acpi issues).


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