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Old 05-31-2005, 10:18 AM   #1
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Wireless Internet, Graphics, and other problems suggest D500 was NOT meant for Linux!


Hello all, I have a Dell Latitude D500 Laptop with some problems, already fixed some sound conflictions and other problems, would like help fixing these ones. Here's my info:

My Situation:
I will henceforth refer to my Dell Latitude D500 notebook computer as "The Laptop". I am currently on a school's computer, however I have my own Desktop system as well. "The Laptop" is currently not connected to the Internet in any way. That is partially what this topic is about, but first things first...my system information follows.

The Laptop's Specs:
Dell Latitude D500 running Slackware 10.1
Personal WM: KDE. Also have Fluxbox, Blackbox, GNOME, and others Installed
28gb Hard Drive, 256mb RAM on 500mb swap
Roughly 1ghz Pentium M Processor

The Laptop's Devices (lspci):
Host bridge: Intel corp. 82852/855GM Host Bridge (rev 02)
System peripheral: Intel Corp. 855GM/GME GMCH Memory I/O Control Registers (rev 02)
System peripheral: Intel Corp. 855GM/GME GMCH Configuration Process Registers (rev 02)
VGA compatible controller: Intel Corp. 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 02)
Display controller: Intel Corp. 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device
USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB (ICH4) USB UHCI #1 (rev 01)
USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB (ICH4) USB UHCI #2 (rev 01)
USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB (ICH4) USB UHCI #3 (rev 01)
USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB (ICH4) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801BAM/CAM PCI Bridge (rev 81)
ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801DBM LPC Interface Controller (rev 01)
IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801DBM (ICH4) Ultra ATA Storage Controller (rev 01)
Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB (ICH4) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 01)
Modem: Intel Corp. 82801DB (ICH4) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 01)
CardBus bridge: 02 Micro, Inc. 0Z6912 Vardbus Controller
Network Controller: Broadcom Corperation BCM94306 802.11g (rev 02)
Ethernet Controller: Intel Corp. 82801BD PRO/100 VD (MOB) Ethernet Controller (rev 81)

The Laptop's Modules (lsmod):
snd-pcm-oss 36704 0 (unused)
snd-mixer-oss 12152 0 [snd-pcm-oss]
uhci 24284 0 (unused)
ehci-hcd 17516 0 (unused)
usbcore 58860 1 [uhci ehci-hcd]
i810_rng 2528 0 (unused)
snd-intel8x0 18080 1
snd-ac97-codec 52472 0 [snd-intel8x0]
snd-pcm 54504 0 [snd-pcm-oss snd-intel8x0 snd-ac97-codec]
snd-timer 13412 0 [snd-pcm]
snd 31268 1 [snd-pcm-oss snd-mixer-oss snd-intel8x0 snd-ac97-codec snd-pcm snd-timer]
soundcore 3396 4 [snd]
snd-page-alloc 4712 0 [snd-mixer-oss snd-intel8x0 snd-pcm snd-timer snd]
yenta_socket 10436 0
pcmcia_core 39172 0 [yenta_socket]
eeprol00 18836 0 (unused)
mii 2272 0 [eeprol00]
ide-scsi 9392 0
agpgart 45092 7

Alright, that taken care of, here are the main problems I am having.

First problem, I need to get my wireless Internet to work. I know that I need to use ndiswrapper in order to achieve this, however I am not sure what windows driver I should be looking for. I have the original Dell Utility CD, however all of the filenames are encrypted with a bunch of numbers so that you really can't tell which is which. Can someone help me with this? Acidchild at irc.freenode.net, ##slackware gave me a gzipped archive of all the windows drivers I'll need. However I'm not sure what to do with them now. I suppose it is a matter of running ndiswrapper properly.

Next problem, a huge staticy strip appears at the top of my screen every time I close and reopen my laptop while running X. Anyone know what could cause this and more importantly, how to fix it?

Also, my games seem to be out of sync with my sound. Would this be a module problem, or an incorrect installation? If you need more info let me know, I realize I'm kind of vague on this one but I don't really know what else to say.

I installed Doom3 according to the installation guide, and it does not launch properly. When launching from Konsole, I get a lot of "not available" errors on GL_VERTEX_PROGRAM_ARB in glprogs/*.vfp/vp. Then I get WARNING: vertex array range in virtual memory (SLOW) signal caught: segmentation fault
si_cod 1
Trying to exit gracefully..
Shutting down sound hardware
----------Alsa Shutdown--------
close pcm
dlclose
-----------------------------------
idRenderSystem::Shutdown()
That's the last part of the error...not sure what could have gone wrong, I just tarred some files and ran a .run. Maybe my media was corrupt? Doubt it though, it was freshly burned.

I suppose this is about all I have to cover right now, I'll probably have some more issues pretty soon, heh. Thanks a ton in advance to anyone who can help me!
 
Old 05-31-2005, 11:56 AM   #2
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What wireless card are you trying to use? Stick with Lucent or Orinoco - they work out of the box. The screen problem might be fixed by running xorgconfig, and your sound might need to be tweaked by running alsaconf.

What kernel are you using?
 
Old 05-31-2005, 01:35 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally posted by noxious
What wireless card are you trying to use? Stick with Lucent or Orinoco - they work out of the box. The screen problem might be fixed by running xorgconfig, and your sound might need to be tweaked by running alsaconf.

I dont' have the money to buy a new wireless card. I need to use ndiswrapper, that's all. Xorgconfig does nothing, I have run it several times. Alsaconf - same
Quote:
What kernel are you using?
2.4.x

Thanks though
 
Old 05-31-2005, 01:43 PM   #4
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Why don't you read ndiswrapper's install guide? It's very straightforward...

Doom 3 is probably crashing due to lack of 3D acceleration. I don't know what you've done to enable it, so I'll leave it at that. I'll say that your X problem might be related to this, because you're obviously having a driver problem. Are you using the 'vesa' driver?

--Shade
 
Old 05-31-2005, 01:50 PM   #5
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Why don't you read ndiswrapper's install guide? It's very straightforward...

Doom 3 is probably crashing due to lack of 3D acceleration. I don't know what you've done to enable it, so I'll leave it at that. I'll say that your X problem might be related to this, because you're obviously having a driver problem. Are you using the 'vesa' driver?

--Shade
Darn, yea my machine probably can't handle Doom3. I'm not sure what driver I am using honestly. And the ndiswrapper guide failed me before, but when I get a chance I will do it again.

Thanks
 
Old 05-31-2005, 02:06 PM   #6
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Well, you need to run xorgsetup or xorgconfig or xorgcfg and that might just fix your video problems Look in /etc/X11/xorg.conf to find out what driver you're using. There are accelerated drivers for your video chipset out there, you just need to do the configuring.

To install ndiswrapper:
Code:
tar xzvf ndiswrapper-xxx.tar.gz
cd ndiswrapper-xxx
make install
ndiswrapper -i /path/to/file.inf
ndiswrapper -m
modprobe ndiswrapper
Maybe that helps?

--Shade
 
Old 05-31-2005, 02:18 PM   #7
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Originally posted by Shade
Well, you need to run xorgsetup or xorgconfig or xorgcfg and that might just fix your video problems Look in /etc/X11/xorg.conf to find out what driver you're using. There are accelerated drivers for your video chipset out there, you just need to do the configuring.

To install ndiswrapper:
Code:
tar xzvf ndiswrapper-xxx.tar.gz
cd ndiswrapper-xxx
make install
ndiswrapper -i /path/to/file.inf
ndiswrapper -m
modprobe ndiswrapper
Maybe that helps?

--Shade
Unfortunately not. As I said, Ndiswrapper is already installed, it is a matter of getting it to work with my driver...Thanks though
 
Old 05-31-2005, 03:51 PM   #8
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Alright. Didn't know you had it installed already. A quick google turned up that this is the .inf file you need:
Code:
bcmwl5.inf
There should be a corresponding .sys file as well.

--Shade
 
Old 05-31-2005, 05:04 PM   #9
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... what wireless card is it?

I'd suggest you grab a native driver if it exists, rather than turning to NDISWrapper first. NDIS doesn't support all of the features that cards are capable of, so you'll get much better support and performance out of a native driver. Native drivers exist for a whole lot of chipsets other than just Orinoco (Prism 2.X chipset) and Lucent (Wavelan). Hell, the kernel's got native drivers for 3 other chipsets.
 
Old 05-31-2005, 08:11 PM   #10
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... what wireless card is it?

I'd suggest you grab a native driver if it exists, rather than turning to NDISWrapper first. NDIS doesn't support all of the features that cards are capable of, so you'll get much better support and performance out of a native driver. Native drivers exist for a whole lot of chipsets other than just Orinoco (Prism 2.X chipset) and Lucent (Wavelan). Hell, the kernel's got native drivers for 3 other chipsets.
Once again, there IS NO native driver. I must and will use ndiswrapper, trust me, I wish more than you that it would work without, but it will not.
 
Old 06-01-2005, 05:51 AM   #11
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As far as the graphics go, you appear to be using the Intel i855 integrated graphics. To get 3D working, you will need to edit your xorg.conf file, uncommenting the Load "dri" line, and replacing the driver (probably vesa) with i810 in the graphics driver section. 3D accell is pretty slow with this graphics chip, but it does work. This might also be part of the 'out of sync' problem that you are having.

Eric
 
Old 06-01-2005, 09:17 AM   #12
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As far as the graphics go, you appear to be using the Intel i855 integrated graphics. To get 3D working, you will need to edit your xorg.conf file, uncommenting the Load "dri" line, and replacing the driver (probably vesa) with i810 in the graphics driver section. 3D accell is pretty slow with this graphics chip, but it does work. This might also be part of the 'out of sync' problem that you are having.

Eric
Hello, it seems that the changes you told me to make cannot be made...it is already that way. Darn, thanks for the help though.

Any other ideas why this strip might occur? It's not an error in installation, since it happened on multiple installations...
 
Old 06-01-2005, 09:30 AM   #13
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i have a del d505 and it works a treat, although i havent got wireless runnig as i dont need it.

The best way to get your video all signing and dancing is follow the guide to upgrading to a 2.6 kernel, i think its found in /boot.

i had all sorts of problems getting video to work with acceleration, after upgrading i can just about play ut2004!

make sure you do the alsa upgrades too and if you have conextant modem like mine has make sure you blacklist snd-intel8x0m in /etc/hotplug/blacklist

those are my best tips for a d505 so i hope they work for a d500.
 
Old 06-01-2005, 09:42 AM   #14
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Originally posted by mazebane
i have a del d505 and it works a treat, although i havent got wireless runnig as i dont need it.

The best way to get your video all signing and dancing is follow the guide to upgrading to a 2.6 kernel, i think its found in /boot.

i had all sorts of problems getting video to work with acceleration, after upgrading i can just about play ut2004!

make sure you do the alsa upgrades too and if you have conextant modem like mine has make sure you blacklist snd-intel8x0m in /etc/hotplug/blacklist

those are my best tips for a d505 so i hope they work for a d500.
Great, was thinking about upgrading anyhow. Thanks, I'll do that and come back if I still need help
 
  


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