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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A GREAT SUCCESS!

With kernel 2.6.15-rc2 Everything works here: burning, ripping, ... All that without the PATA stuff in the kernel, only managed by libata and piix and no further beside the libata.atapi_enabled=1. Let's hope this is finaly done for the 2.6.15 release! What a great day 8)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seppelrockt wrote:
A GREAT SUCCESS!

With kernel 2.6.15-rc2 Everything works here: burning, ripping, ... All that without the PATA stuff in the kernel, only managed by libata and piix and no further beside the libata.atapi_enabled=1. Let's hope this is finaly done for the 2.6.15 release! What a great day 8)


Glad to hear it's all working for you. So does that mean you have everything working now, or just the CD / DVD issues you were having? I have yet to try suspend but its something I'd love to have, even if its just suspend to RAM. Here's what I have left to get working:

1) ipw2200 module loading and WI-FI LED turned on with Fn+F2 key press - Currently being worked on
2) Suspend2 - Pref suspend to RAM
3) Be able to use the monitor out port for presentations / split screen

I know earlier posts managed to get Suspend2 working to some extent, I'll have to go back and re-read. Think I'll upgrade to 2.6.14 before I do anything on that front.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A GREAT SUCCESS!

With kernel 2.6.15-rc2 Everything works here: burning, ripping, ... All that without the PATA stuff in the kernel, only managed by libata and piix and no further beside the libata.atapi_enabled=1. Let's hope this is finaly done for the 2.6.15 release! What a great day 8)

Glad to hear it :) (well, forums don't shout that much, I know; that's just for the image of it)

Have you patched your kernel for fbsplash? or do you run plain Vanilla without any other feature? Surprisingly enough splash is displayed in the middle of the process even though no FBSPLASH support exist.

The kernel loads and initializes plain text *but* using my laptop's full resolution - I didn't have to do anything but tick VESA support. Note I've been used to that feature since (I think) kernel 2.6.12. It also seems 2.6.15* now handle ipw2200 led, which I'm pleased to see. Finally mounted drives apear on Gnome's desktop even with /etc/init.d/hald started, which wasn't true even with 2.6.14.

I still have to get my touchpad work for I haven't tested it yet with that kernel.

I also think my kernel panic messages are gone (I hope so). Hope I get back in the race soon. 8)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ VinzC: The success was just about the CD/DVD thingy, but I sounds like we will get all the other little things solved soon, cause everybody is working in an other area right now. I will test the LED things later. Also regard my earlier post about _basic_ VGA out functions working with the xorg.conf that I have posted (limited to clone with 2x 1024x768 atm) - just in case you missed it. With regard to shouting in the forum, well - I do NOT do that very often, just in very special situations (and edit the post a day later ;-)).

EDIT: My reason to post was that I found a tool called sdparm in portage that is the scsi equivalent to - guess what: hdparm and might be helpful to some degree.

EDIT2: Yes my kernel is plain vanilla without any patches - I am not quite sure but the fbsplash stuff is only needed for the background images of the console - I don' t use them. I have a "silent" boot splash but when pressing F2 I am back on the "text on black background" console. And no, I don't use SUSPEND of any kind atm - but I am interessted in ;-)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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With regard to shouting in the forum, well - I do NOT do that very often, just in very special situations (and edit the post a day later ;-)).

Oh, that... it was just a little pint of - missed - humour. I was not refering to the large font you used but only to my word "hear" instead of "read". It's just that forums are silent - in general :D . You know I'm a bit tired at the moment so I hope you don't mind my lame humour attempts ;). Having a 1-month-old little baby doesn't help sleep that much at night...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have a "silent" boot splash but when pressing F2 I am back on the "text on black background" console.

So do I. That's what I meant. Kernel support for fbsplash seems useful only to get the splash image fade in and remain on text consoles. The silent splash and progress bar seem to be processed by user-space code if I'm right.

While we're in: I seem to have a little problem with the touchpad and kernel 2.6.15 series. My usual xorg settings prevented X from starting; it told me it could not query/iniatialize Synaptics hardware. Did you experience the same with Xorg 7.0 - I'm still with 6.8.99.15?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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With regard to shouting in the forum, well - I do NOT do that very often, just in very special situations (and edit the post a day later ;-)).

Oh, that... it was just a little pint of - missed - humour. I was not refering to the large font you used but only to my word "hear" instead of "read". It's just that forums are silent - in general :D . You know I'm a bit tired at the moment so I hope you don't mind my lame humour attempts ;). Having a 1-month-old little baby doesn't help sleep that much at night...


After reading it again I got it - it was not your bad humour but, well ... sometimes things get lost when you translate something humourous from English to German - at least when you do it wrong 8O Congratulations to/for [please choose the correct here] for your baby! I wouldn't even mind if you do not post that frequently in the Gentoo forum in this case :).

The sad thing is, I don't know why the CD/DVD worked in the morning but now it doesn't anymore! Strange!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VinzC wrote:

While we're in: I seem to have a little problem with the touchpad and kernel 2.6.15 series. My usual xorg settings prevented X from starting; it told me it could not query/iniatialize Synaptics hardware. Did you experience the same with Xorg 7.0 - I'm still with 6.8.99.15?


No problems here so far. For Xorg 7.0 I had to do a symlink cause Xorgs module path has changed to /usr/lib/xorg/modules:
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ln -s /usr/lib/modules/input/synaptics_drv.so /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/synaptics_drv.so


But that was Xorg related and I didn't get any probs when I switched to kernel 2.6.15-rcX.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VinzC wrote:
While we're in: I seem to have a little problem with the touchpad and kernel 2.6.15 series. My usual xorg settings prevented X from starting; it told me it could not query/iniatialize Synaptics hardware. Did you experience the same with Xorg 7.0 - I'm still with 6.8.99.15?

Note that I had the same problem as well. https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-p-2884666-highlight-.html#2884666 Would be really interesting whether X.org 7 is needed to solve this issue. I'm currently still using 2.6.13-suspend2-r4 and 6.8.99.15 and don't want to update _both_ kernel and X. So, if you could get 2.6.15 and 6.8.99 working please post.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Note that I had the same problem as well. https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-p-2884666-highlight-.html#2884666

Are you sure about the post # ? It's a jump to page 20 of current topic...

amaroc wrote:
Would be really interesting whether X.org 7 is needed to solve this issue. I'm currently still using 2.6.13-suspend2-r4 and 6.8.99.15 and don't want to update _both_ kernel and X. So, if you could get 2.6.15 and 6.8.99 working please post.

Sure. But I'd rather switch to version 7 if I can't figure that out.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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amaroc wrote:
Note that I had the same problem as well. https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-p-2884666-highlight-.html#2884666

Are you sure about the post # ? It's a jump to page 20 of current topic...

Sorry for any misunderstanding - I only wanted to mention that I had the same problem with the synaptics driver and 2.6.15_rc1. I didn't want to quote the text - therefore the link.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, ok. I overlooked your sentence
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But I had some problems with X and the touchpad.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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While we're in: I seem to have a little problem with the touchpad and kernel 2.6.15 series. My usual xorg settings prevented X from starting; it told me it could not query/iniatialize Synaptics hardware.

Problem solved:

In one word, 2.6.15-rc2 is frankly worth the trip.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see a lot of people have suspend to disk working here which is great. I didn't have any problems getting suspend to disk swsup2 working at all, howerver I find my system is slower after a suspend-resume cycle. This is reporducible every time. I have no errors or warnings, top doesn't show any memory hogs, yet the system responsiveness is a lot slower!

Has anyone else noticed this?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I see a lot of people have suspend to disk working here which is great. I didn't have any problems getting suspend to disk swsup2 working at all, howerver I find my system is slower after a suspend-resume cycle. This is reporducible every time. I have no errors or warnings, top doesn't show any memory hogs, yet the system responsiveness is a lot slower!

Has anyone else noticed this?

I think yes in the early times I tried SS2. I don't remember if it was ever cured. I did only succeed once but with a text console on i6k. That's all I have to say about that unfortunately.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I seem to have many troubles with ipw2200, i.e. I start to get error messages "Firmware error detected. Restaring" after a while of continuous usage; the wireless network is also down. After a certain amount of time, these errors occur randomly but frequently.

I have noticed that problem occurs after a while as the link is properly loaded. I don't get disconnected when the link is almost idle - at least I didn't notice yet.

I've sometimes succeeded in restarting the network connection by running the following command:
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ipwconfig eth1 essid <my ESSID> key <my AP wep key>

But others I have to restart /etc/init.d/net.eth1. Now I have disabled WiFi the hard way (RF kill switch) as I'm fed up.

I'm running kernel 2.6.15-rc2 (Vanilla). Has anyone experienced the same problems? And is there a possible fix?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VinzC wrote:
I seem to have many troubles with ipw2200, i.e. I start to get error messages "Firmware error detected. Restaring" after a while of continuous usage; the wireless network is also down. After a certain amount of time, these errors occur randomly but frequently.

I have noticed that problem occurs after a while as the link is properly loaded. I don't get disconnected when the link is almost idle - at least I didn't notice yet.

I've sometimes succeeded in restarting the network connection by running the following command:
Code:
ipwconfig eth1 essid <my ESSID> key <my AP wep key>

But others I have to restart /etc/init.d/net.eth1. Now I have disabled WiFi the hard way (RF kill switch) as I'm fed up.

I'm running kernel 2.6.15-rc2 (Vanilla). Has anyone experienced the same problems? And is there a possible fix?


The inbuild ipw2200 / ieee80211 stuff form kernel 2.6.15-rcX didn't work for me either (but I had different error messages). I finaly didn't compile them in the kernel but use the ebuilds and now it works.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The inbuild ipw2200 / ieee80211 stuff form kernel 2.6.15-rcX didn't work for me either (but I had different error messages). I finaly didn't compile them in the kernel but use the ebuilds and now it works.

That's what thrills me a bit for I had almost the same problems with ipw2200-1.0.8 and firmware 2.4, especially module panics...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

as promised earlier I wanted to report the results with newer kernel than 2.6.13-suspend2-r4.
- vanilla 2.6.15_rc1
- patches from http://rtr.ca/dell_i9300/kernel/kernel-2.6.15/
- kernel boot-parameter "libata.atapi_enabled=1"
- evdev as a module (thx to VinzC to find out)
- no built-in ipw2200 stuff - 1.0.8 from portage
- vbetool 0.4-1 (portage's 0.3 doesn't run w/ 2.6.15xx)

The results are:
- suspend to ram: OK (~4sec to suspend, ~5sec to resume)
- cdrecord, cdrdao & cdparanoia: OK
- X.org 6.8.99: OK
- (built-in) suspend to disk: FAILED
- VESA console: FAILED

Now I've got suspend to ram working and it seems to be more reliable than suspend(2) to disk w/ 2.6.13. I had no issues for some days what is different to the suspend to disk I've used before (crashed about once a week). And the CD/DVD is now working correctly as well.
Because I prefer suspend to ram rather than suspend to disk I can live with the lack of the 2nd. Hopefully suspend2 will do the job someday correctly.
The non-working vesa-console is also a little step back - but X works in native resolution and I do not really need the vt text-console in hi-res anymore.

Notes:
- I've tried vanilla 2.6.15_rc1+rc2 w/o patches and both failed to resume from suspend to ram like 2.6.13
- 2.6.15_rc2 worked with the built-in ipw2200, but I hesitated to patch it like rc1 because of some differences I've seen in relevant files,

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hello,
i've got the problem that the output of 'cat /proc/acpi/battery/BAT0/info' is wrong. it looks like this:
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Inspiron6000 ~ # cat /proc/acpi/battery/BAT0/info
present:                 yes
design capacity:         7200 mAh
last full capacity:      6722 mAh
battery technology:      rechargeable
design voltage:          11100 mV
design capacity warning: 720 mAh
design capacity low:     218 mAh
capacity granularity 1:  72 mAh
capacity granularity 2:  72 mAh
model number:            DELL D55515
serial number:           661
battery type:            LION
OEM info:                SMP-PA

some problem on state
Code:
Inspiron6000 ~ # cat /proc/acpi/battery/BAT0/state
present:                 yes
capacity state:          ok
charging state:          discharging
present rate:            1972 mA
remaining capacity:      4526 mAh
present voltage:         11510 mV

anyone an idea how to fix this?

Code:
Inspiron6000 ~ # uname -a
Linux Inspiron6000 2.6.12-gentoo-r10 #11 Wed Nov 30 21:55:26 CET 2005 i686 Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.73GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's wrong in there? The only thing that I notice is the nominal capacity of your battery is less than the factory "setting". It's not that surprising and it means your battery is slightly dropping off its capacity.

You can [partly] restore it by achieving a series of full charge/discharge cycles. Hint: never leave your laptop on mains all the time but plug the power cable off once a day and let the battery discharge completely before plugging back the cable. Otherwise the capacity will slowly decrease until the battery is destroyed.

This is what I always do. For instance my old laptop's battery was no less than 80% of its initial capacity after 3 years.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nonono, the battery is ok. it runs about 6hrs on battery every day on campus. it's not only the capacity value wich is wrong. especially the "present rate"-value is wrong.
i need these values to see how long my battery will go up until now.

anyone else this 'bug'?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seppelrockt wrote:
VinzC wrote:
I seem to have many troubles with ipw2200, i.e. I start to get error messages "Firmware error detected. Restaring" after a while of continuous usage; the wireless network is also down. After a certain amount of time, these errors occur randomly but frequently.

I have noticed that problem occurs after a while as the link is properly loaded. I don't get disconnected when the link is almost idle - at least I didn't notice yet.

I've sometimes succeeded in restarting the network connection by running the following command:
Code:
ipwconfig eth1 essid <my ESSID> key <my AP wep key>

But others I have to restart /etc/init.d/net.eth1. Now I have disabled WiFi the hard way (RF kill switch) as I'm fed up.

I'm running kernel 2.6.15-rc2 (Vanilla). Has anyone experienced the same problems? And is there a possible fix?


The inbuild ipw2200 / ieee80211 stuff form kernel 2.6.15-rcX didn't work for me either (but I had different error messages). I finaly didn't compile them in the kernel but use the ebuilds and now it works.

It looks like rc3 fixes these problems. I have compiled and booted 2.6.15_rc3 and I worked the whole day without any single connection drop. A new Hope!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VinzC wrote:

It looks like rc3 fixes these problems. I have compiled and booted 2.6.15_rc3 and I worked the whole day without any single connection drop. A new Hope!


Hey VinzC, can you do me a favour and plug a USB stick or something in and watch the dmesg output of kernel 2.6.15-rc3? I get a lot of errors when I do this on *-RC3 and the USB stick can not be mounted. Know I am not sure whether it's kernel RC3 who is to blame or my KDE update with HAL enabled (I suspect the former)... Note that Linux just relased a RC4 because he said "RC3 was not so good".
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi leo,

Code:
design capacity:         7200 mAh
last full capacity:      6722 mAh

says that your battery has some aging effect already - about 7% capacity loss.
Code:
present rate:            1972 mA
remaining capacity:      4526 mAh

tells you that the laptop draws about 2A from your battery. By taking the (correct) capacity there would be about 2 hours working left (about 60%).
As VinzC has written already - there seems to be nothing really wrong (except the capacity loss).
VincZ wrote:
You can [partly] restore it by achieving a series of full charge/discharge cycles.

However, I would not suggest to do so. The battery here is a Li-Ion-type where lifetime is limited mainly by charging/discharging cycles and temperature. The second is the reason that you should not permanently run your laptop from main as suggested already. An almost fully charged battery has a higher battery voltage and therefore generates more heating internally - and that's what the battery don't like. The best would be to have the battery cool and almost empty - but that's not the real use-case, isn't it?

Just in case you don't believe /proc/acpi/battery - check the led indicator of your battery - it should somehow display the same (I guess 3 LEDs light for the case above)
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