Testing Dapper on a Dell Inspiron 9400

Alex Gontmakher gsasha at gmail.com
Sun Apr 30 12:33:14 BST 2006

I'm using it since Flight 5, and the machine is gradually coming up to 
life :)

I didn't try installing from scratch since, I'm just apt-get update'ing.

The current status:

Correct NVidia drivers are installed by default, 3D works beautifully. 
I'm having trouble, however, configuring the external display output.

With latest updates appears to work, although sound still occasionally 
disappears and requires a reboot. Also, playback with mplayer and the 
default sound system (Alsa) still skips like mad (esd works fine).

The wired network is fine, the wireless drivers still not there. 
According to the traffic at launchpad, they should be OK in the near days.

That's a huge OUCH. The laptop has Bluetooth support, but it's not 
discovered at all. I have no clue about what to do with this one.

Didn't try hibernation, but suspend works beautifully (I had to enable 
it in the KDE control panel). I also turned on the low-power mode for 
battery-only operation, but didn't yet test if that improves the battery 

SD slot:
Last I checked, inserting an SD card into the slot caused the machine to 
lock up completely. The bug report is somewhere on the launchpad.

Special laptop buttons:
The laptop has a row of multimedia buttons (volume, play/stop), which 
are currently ignored. I once stumbled at a program that recognizes 
these buttons and even provides an OSD for them, but I forgot it's name 
and don't have time to hunt for it again. I think it should be 
automatically enabled for all the laptops (and probably even for other 
multimedia keyboards), and included in the machine startup.

All-in-all, it seems to be in a very good shape. Given the upcoming 
wireless network, I'd recommend Ubuntu over Windows for this laptop 
without a blink.

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