Linux problems on Dell Inspiron 9300
Hi, I'm new to Linux Forums, but have tried to search the archives as thoroughly as possible. I was unable to come up with anything on the new Dell Inspiron 9300.
I've been having a real headache trying to get Fedora 3 installed on it. Originally I tried to dual-boot it with Windows XP, but after that failed, I decided to eliminate some variables and wipe the entire drive clean and start over.
I followed all the default options for a workstation installation, but after it finishes, the first boot is awfully slow (like 10 minutes) and it seems to stall at a number of places. If I boot to X, it freezes on a gray screen after the graphical startup sequence. If I boot to runlevel 3, I can at least login, and then start the X server, but it runs uncharacteristically slow. And this on the latest laptop out there. Once it finally gets in to the GUI, I have slow response time (1 minute to open a terminal window). When I try to shutdown, I get an error message about the ethernet card scrolling endlessly down the screen until I finally turn it off manually.
Has anyone else seen anything like this? Any ideas what the problem could be? Is the hardware too new for the last Fedora 3 distro? Are the 915 chipset or the fast RAM or the video card not yet supported? Are there other distros that people have tested and have worked (I don't want a distro war, just something that will work).
Here's the specs on the laptop:
Pentium M 760 2Ghz / 533Mhz
2.0 GM DDR2 533 Mhz RAM
17" UXGA Widescreen Display w/ Trulife
256 MB NVIDA GeForce Go 6800
100 GB Hard Drive
8x DVD/CD RW
Internal wired (Intel) and wireless (Dell) networking
Thanks for any help out there.
dell inspiron 9300 wuxga nvidia suse 9.2 installation report
- Installation with suse 9.2:
no probs, except:
+ graphics: needed to install the newest nvidia driver
directly from nvidias web site driver before using
sax2 -m 0=nvidia
+ network: needed to update kernel with suses online update
(used another pccard network device)
did not try wlan,bluetooth,audio until now
nice tool, nice graphics, bright contrasts, nice 3d flight simulator
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My last laptop dell M40 got a new mainboard, display, keyboard and harddisk within the 3 years period. No argueing, no stress: someone visited me wherever I wanted and changed hardware.