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    Inspiron 6000 help


    I put Fedora core on my labtop this morning, followed the instructions on the site on installing it, now i just have to get all my hardware to work ^^'

    My cd rom will read a cd and im able to copy stuff on to it, and my monitor works fine, along with my toutch pad and vid card (so far) but my toutch pad moves a little slow.....

    I cant seem to get my network cards to work....and thats a major problem sense we got a wireless network going in this house (802.11 g, linksys). I do have a usb linksys wireless internet adapter, if i could get that working to dl the stuff i need that would rule.

    I have a cdr/dvd rom so i need cd burning software and dvd reading sofware....

    Edit: BWT sorry if i spell anything wrong, not one of my strong points

    Im using the family cpu right now, and have plenty of cdr's i can use, so any programs you guys recemend i can dl all at once at put them on my labtop.

    Any help will be a life saver ^^

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    Expect problems for your wireless network, if you cant find linux drivers for your chipset, then try ndiswrapper to use the windows drivers. This is fiddly though, but there is a bit of a tutorial on this site somewhere. Connect through a piece of wire until it's all working.

    CD and DVD burning software: try http://www.k3b.org. You can also get this through the Livna (http://rpm.livna.org) and RPMForge (http://rpmforge.net) repositories for yum (but dont mix these two repos).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roxoff
    Expect problems for your wireless network, if you cant find linux drivers for your chipset, then try ndiswrapper to use the windows drivers. This is fiddly though, but there is a bit of a tutorial on this site somewhere. Connect through a piece of wire until it's all working.

    CD and DVD burning software: try http://www.k3b.org. You can also get this through the Livna (http://rpm.livna.org) and RPMForge (http://rpmforge.net) repositories for yum (but dont mix these two repos).
    How do i go about finding and installing linux drivers for my chipset?

    Iv tried to find the dirvers for my wireless card on my cpu so i could update them, it cant find them >.< when i get home ill post what it says and what im doing in the terminal.

    Thanks for the cd r software ^^ ill get that on there soon as possible

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    http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net

    go to that site, and check to see if your chipset / card is listed in the compatibility matrix for ndiswrapper. If it is, it means that there is no NATIVE linux support for it, and you have to find the next closest windows based driver and use ndiswrapper to load it for linux.
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    Re: Inspiron 6000 help

    Quote Originally Posted by Tsucasa
    I put Fedora core on my labtop this morning, followed the instructions on the site on installing it, now i just have to get all my hardware to work ^^'
    I tried to help user "vorm" on forum:
    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/top...tml&highlight=

    In particular I recommend you check out:

    http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/dell.html

    http://www.geetduggal.com/linux_on_inspiron_6000.html

    http://james.jamesandkristin.net/?p=19

    A google search for "Dell Inspiron 6000 linux" will give you a lot of hits.

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    Iv gotten everything to work except for my wirless card and that is where the trouble starts.

    Iv also noticed that its a little sluggish, what could be causing this? Is it just that i dont have it configured right?

    Other then that, fedora core rocks ^^

    Edit: i have no lunix experence, so ill need a walkthrough of sorts to do this ^^;

    I need to install the latest Kurnal as well, dont know how to do this either -_-

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    Allright, after messing around and screwing a lot of things up, i re-installed FD4 with everything and updated the kernel as soon as i enabled my ethernet connection

    http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/INSTALL I found this when trying to get my wireless to work, and its confusing the hell out of me ^^; im going to post some of what i get when i follow the url.

    [root@localhost ~]# for i in ieee80211 ipw2200; do \
    > find /lib/modules/`uname -r` -iname ${i}*; done
    /lib/modules/2.6.13-1.1526_FC4/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ieee80211
    /lib/modules/2.6.13-1.1526_FC4/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ieee80211/ieee80211_crypt_tkip.ko
    /lib/modules/2.6.13-1.1526_FC4/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ieee80211/ieee80211_crypt.ko
    /lib/modules/2.6.13-1.1526_FC4/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ieee80211/ieee80211_crypt_wep.ko
    /lib/modules/2.6.13-1.1526_FC4/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ieee80211/ieee80211.ko
    /lib/modules/2.6.13-1.1526_FC4/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ieee80211/ieee80211_crypt_ccmp.ko
    /lib/modules/2.6.13-1.1526_FC4/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2200
    /lib/modules/2.6.13-1.1526_FC4/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ipw2200/ipw2200.ko
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    [root@localhost ~]# for i in IEEE80211 IPW; do \
    > grep CONFIG_${i} \
    > /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build/include/linux/autoconf.h; done
    grep: /lib/modules/2.6.13-1.1526_FC4/build/include/linux/autoconf.h: No such file or directory
    grep: /lib/modules/2.6.13-1.1526_FC4/build/include/linux/autoconf.h: No such file or directory


    [root@localhost ~]# for i in CRYPTO_ARC4 CRC32; do \
    > grep CONFIG_INSTALL \
    > /lib/modules/2.6.11.11/build/include/linux/autoconf.h; done
    grep: /lib/modules/2.6.11.11/build/include/linux/autoconf.h: No such file or directory
    grep: /lib/modules/2.6.11.11/build/include/linux/autoconf.h: No such file or directory
    [root@localhost ~]#


    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Inspiron 6000 help

    In order to get everything working you will have to recompile your kernel to include the ipw2200 driver. This card is supported by the kernel and doesn't require ndswrapper. Recompiling your kernel will also result in a faster, more stable system.


    First you will need to retrieve the latest kernel from www.kernel.org. Once you have that downloaded, install the kernel using these steps:

    * su root
    * cd /usr/src
    * tar jxvf /home/me/linux-2.6.8.1.tar.bz2
    * cd linux-2.6.8.1
    * make mrproper
    * ln -f -s linux-2.6.8.1 linux
    * wget www.t20okc.org/flyspray/.config


    This last command will download the working config from my laptop.

    * make bzImage && make modules modules_install
    * make install

    You have now installed a custom version of the latest kernel

    In order to boot your new kernel edit /boot/grub/grub.conf and add:

    title 2.6.18.1-custom
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18.1 ro root=/dev/hda1
    initrd /vmlinuz-2.6.18.1.img


    Reboot

    Once your system is up and running you still need to download the latest firmware from http://ipw2200.sf.net/ and unzip it into /lib/firmware (I assume this is where hotplug keeps it's files in Fedora, I use Debian)

    * modprobe -r ipw2200;modprobe ipw2200
    (or just reboot if your lazy)

    ---------------

    I use debian with lilo so you may want to hit google and make sure that the config file for grub has been changed correctly.


    Good luck -- Will Kelly

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