Kubuntu on Dell Inspiron 6400

O. Sinclair o.sinclair at gmail.com
Mon Oct 9 15:46:22 UTC 2006


Here is an incredibly long thread about this problem;
http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=186003&page=15

sinclair

On 09/10/06, O. Sinclair <o.sinclair at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> I read about the bios-bug and after I set up this i8kutils to run as a
> daemon I am having some funny stuff - like kMixer popping up whenever I
> reboot. So might scrap it and take a change.
>
> Problem is - I don't know about this overheating thing. However the HOW-TO
> on ubuntuforums is very explicit about it and actually 1 contributor
> mentions his screen overheating and getting ruined.
>
> So far I have got resolution working (1280 * 800 - widescreen) though I
> took a shortcut and have not yet compiled the latest drivers. Wireless seems
> to work just fine (not using it just yet, have faster wired LAN daytime).
> Modem is "nobody knows" so will only find out once I try myself. Live with
> dial-up "non-office", no broadband where I live.
>
> Will keep you posted, just hope my next post won't be "my laptop burned
> out"....
>
> Sinclair
>
> On 09/10/06, Francisco Borges < f.borges at rug.nl> wrote:
> >
> > ยป On Mon, Oct 09, 2006 at 04:36PM +0200, Orjan Sinclair wrote:
> >
> > > Francisco Borges wrote:
> > > > AFAIK you don't need to install a program to control the fans.
> > > >
> > > > I originally created this page for the Inspiron6400, and some other
> > > > people have made a mess of it... but anyway check out this:
> > > >
> > > > https://wiki.kubuntu.org/LaptopTestingTeam/DellInspiron6400
> > > >
> > > > (I'll try to clean this page a bit later tonight)
> > > >
> > > Appreciate the input. One does however get a bit worried when these
> > guys
> > > claim this is very important and one talks of a burnt LCD screen. And
> > > they are Xpensive... at least where I live.
> >
> > But did you ever hear about specific problems with recent Dell notebooks
> > and Linux?
> >
> > > So I installed the i8kutils and then tried to set up kfani8k from KDE
> > > apps. Did not work at all though....
> >
> > Hum, I didn't know about this package. I'll check it out.
> >
> > Other things worth mentioning:
> >
> > - There is a bug in Ubuntu, with the kernel corrupting the BIOS of Dell
> >   laptops. This *may* cause your laptop to hang while checking the
> >   BIOS. This bug is mentioned on the top of the page I linked in the
> >   last email.
> >
> >   It did happen to me, and removing the CMOS battery in the 6400 is a
> >   royal PITA. Seems that the bug is also present in Edgy.
> >
> > - Hibernate and suspend *were* working on Egdy. Now they don't anymore.
> >
> > - Most of the time my cores are down-scaled to 1GHz, (i.e. no CPU
> >   intensive work, apart from firefox getting mad). That said, sometimes
> >   the fan will kick in on its own; so my guess is that temperature
> >   control & fan triggering is working (one way or another).
> >
> > But, if you discover something new about the fan control, please let me
> > know,
> >
> > --
> > Francisco
> >
> >
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> >
>
>
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