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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 11:03 am    Post subject: Dell Inspiron 8200 - Power Management , Framebuffer etc Reply with quote

I have a Dell Inspiron 8200 and have noticed that there have been lots of posts regarding this particual laptop. I have an install of Gentoo on mine that is as successful as I believe it can be as of now. So I thought I'd just make a brief post, telling how I've set it up, and if anyone has trouble with theris, perhaps I can be of assistance.

First off I went through the installation just as the Gentoo Handbook says to do. I even installed Grub on the MBR. Only problem with the install is that the Live CD initially loads the wrong ethernet device, but just do a rmmod eth1394 ( Or whatever it loads incorrectly) and then load the correct module, for me this was insmod 3c59x

After the install I did an emerge xorg-x11 and gnome. Then of course xscreensaver, and then installed the NEWEST Nvidia drivers. You can get those by doing this.
Code:
ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="~x86" emerge nvidia-glx


Make sure you load the nvidia driver by doing
Code:
modprobe nvidia

Then of course you need to edit your xorg.conf file, and load nvidia driver instaed of nv driver.

Running startx should show the Nvidia splash screen and load your xwindows.

For power management I used APM, ACPI I did not really try, because I'd just prefer to have the BIOS of the Inspiron handle all the screen blanking etc. Suspend and resume seem to work just fine, normally when you come out of suspend or screen blanking the screen seems to be streched, however if you just use your key combo ctrl + alt + + or - you can chang eyour res and it will go back to what it should be. The problem of the stretching I have figured out. It is because your laptop resolution should be running at 1400x1050 and my framebuffer is at 1024x768. If you can get framebuffer to run at 1400x1050 you should have absolution no troubles with suspend/resume. However when I run framebuffer at this level, I get a screen shift, with a few characters shifted slightly to the right and it wraps around the screen. So I just let my framebuffer stay at 1024x768 and when I come out of resume I can easily just use the key shortcuts to set my res back to what I want it.

I think that about settles most of the questions I've seen on this forum regarding Dell Inspiron laptops. If you have any questions as to how or what I have working, please let me know and I'll answer them as soon as I can.

Mitch
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