Linux on a Dell laptop
I got a Dell Inspiron 600M laptop yesterday. I installed FC3 on it with no problems at all. Dell had made 3 partitions on the disk:
- A small 50MB partition for emergency
- A normal Windows partition
- A 3.5 GB "hidden" partition. Not sure what exactly this was for, but I think its something to do with backup/restore.
I booted into knoppix and tried to resize the Windows partition with qtparted but it didn't work. I tried partition magic and it said "one or more partitions on this drive cannot be moved. selected operation cannot be completed" or something like that. So I deleted the backup partition (partition magic wouldn't let me do even that. was it because it was an evaluation version?) and tried again with qtparted and it worked.
Fedora installation took 30 minutes and up2date finished installing updates in 10 minutes. The following don't work by default:
- wireless (Intel PRO 2100 internal card)
- suspend (apm -s says no kernel support)
- ntfs (i want only read only support)
I'm currently googling to figure out how to get each of these to work, but if anyone has tips to make my life easier, you are most welcome :)Edit:
Forgot to mention, the monitor didn't get recognized during installation, because of which it booted into 800x600. During firstboot configuration I selected "Dell laptop panel 1024x768" as the monitor type, which fixed the problem.Edit2:
Got the wireless card working using ipw2100
. Moderately hard, took about an hour. This
were useful. I not sure what I should do to switch between wireless and the ethernet connections though. Any suggestions?Edit3
. NTFS works. Didn't even have to recompile the kernel. I discovered "xset dpms force suspend" and other syslog and hdparm tricks from the battery powered linux howto. That's enough for me in case I can't get suspend to work. Also, used yum for the first time and totally fell in love with it.