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Old 12-19-2003, 11:02 PM   #1
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Question Dell laptop and Slack

Hi all,

I got a latitude Dell Laptop and when I compile my kernel, 2.4.23, I come to the option of enabling APM or ACPI, Do i install both or only one ? Because when I enable only APM, I'll need to shutdown by pushing the button myself to close it. And I have another question, when I compile the new kernel, 2.6.0, it freezes when it gets to my graphics card, a NeoMagic256.

Thanks in advance,

Old 12-20-2003, 01:26 AM   #2
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First of all,

What model? How old? What Processor?

I have a Dell Latitude D600 and I run ACPI, and no APM

Typically I don't think it's a good idea to have both installed. I have no experience with it myself, but I've heard things work very poorly or don't work at all

Old 12-20-2003, 01:41 AM   #3
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I maintain a Dell Inspiron 8200 with ACPI. You won't have any problems running APM and ACPI at the same time. ACPI automatically overrides/disables APM. But yeah, ACPI is a *lot* better - especially if you take the time to configure event handling (SpeedStep your processor when you close the lid, etc).
Old 12-20-2003, 10:42 AM   #4
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Thanks for the ACPI/APM question, but for the new kernel, 2.6.0, does anyone know why the kernel get stuck when it gets to the neomagic graphics card config ?

Old 12-21-2003, 04:30 AM   #5
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possibly conflicting with another device.. check google for others having that problem...

every once in a while the kernel gets picky about things, and wont compile with two certain options, but will if you remove one.. again it's only possible. what is the output? or does it just chrash?

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Old 12-21-2003, 02:47 PM   #6
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uh, ACPI and APM don't mix. Whichever gets loaded first will be used.
Hard-compile processor and thermal if you have a centrino, otherwise your cpu will become very hot if you deleted those modules (what can I say, happens to me sometimes...) and you need to recompile your kernel.
I don't think it is good for the hardware...



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