Running Linux on a Dell Inspiron 1150Most of my tests have been made running SuSE 9.0 and SuSE 9.2. The installation works mostly fine (press F12 on startup to boot from CD / DVD) and I'll only list a few things that needed some work. (I could only install SuSE 9.2 in text mode - after the install X11 was fine.)
X11The Inspiron 1150 has a Intel 82855 grapics chip that works with the XFree i810 driver. However to get a resolution of beyond 640x480 pixel (sometimes even that fails), you need to run 855warp on startup, each time you boot the machine. After that you can configure the resolution with sax2.
This problem is solved with BIOS version A02 or higher from Dell, but A01 definitely needs it.
Broadcom 4400 Ethernet CardThere seems to be a bug in the device driver that doesn't properly initialize the card after a warm start. The problem should be fixed in kernel 2.6.7. (Or you can manually apply this fix if you don't always want to do a cold boot.)
Internal ModemLinux 2.4.x:
The internal modem is a softmodem. To get it working, you need the PCTel driver, which is free but unfortunately not GPLed.
Make sure you have the kernel sources installed.
Change the PCI ID in the PCTel driver:
Truemobile 1300 WLAN CardThere is no native Linux driver for this card, but you can use NdisWrapper 1.0rc2 to use the Windows driver under Linux (0.10 supplied with SuSE 9.2 didn't work for me).
For WPA encryption you also need wpa_supplicant (version 0.2.4 included with SuSE 9.2 was ok).
For a WPA-PSK installation you need to run these commands:
Power ManagementThe Inspiron supports ACPI. To be tested...
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