Edgy on a Dell Latitude D820

Jon me at jonwatson.ca
Mon Nov 13 21:35:45 UTC 2006

My first post...

I can only answer #1.

You will need to install an SMP kernel. To see if one has been installed 
by default, type uname -r in a terminal window. On my machine, that 
returns '2.6.15-27-686'. The '686' part indicates that I am running a 
kernel that can support SMP. The 686 part may also mean other things, I 
just know that I need a 686 kernel to get both my cores working.

For the second part, there are probably multiple ways to see if both 
cores are being detected. The most obvious to me is to use the command 
cat /proc/cpuinfo in a terminal window. That will print the contents of 
your /proc/cpuinfo to the screen. If your machine is seeing both 
processors, you will see two sections in the cpuinfo file: a 'processor: 
0' section and a 'processor:1 ' section.

As for your Intel 3945 card not working, I'm willing to bet that you 
have a restricted-modules package installed. When you install a 686 
kernel, you should also install the restricted modules for that kernel. 
That will get your 3945 working. For example, in my case, I have the 
linux-2.6.15-27-686 kernel package and the 
linux-restricted-modules-2.6.15-27-686 packaged installed. If you use 
Synaptic to install the kernel, it will automatically suggest the 
appropriate restricted modules.

Please remember that you will have to reboot your machine if you change 

Hope that helps.


Guill. Moreno-Socias wrote:
> On 11/13/06, *Guill. Moreno-Socias* <lists.gms at gmail.com 
> <mailto:lists.gms at gmail.com>> wrote:
>        Hello Matt (and everybody else).
>        I have at last had time to try Edgy on the Dell Latitude D820. 
>     I had trouble when installing with the Desktop CD:  impossible to
>     get the manual partitioning to work.  So I used the Alternate CD
>     and everything seems fine.
>        I have several questions:
>     1) SMP kernel:  To use both cores (Intel Core Duo T2400
>     (1.83GHz)), should I install something?  How could I know they are
>     both working?
>     2) CPU frequency scaling:  Is there something to do?
>     3) What about the graphics card (NVIDIA Quadro NVS 110M 256 Mo)? 
>     Any drivers to install?
>        Thanks in advance.
>    There is something which does not work:  wifi (Intel PRO/Wireless 
> 3945A/G).  There is no eth1 interface (eth0 is ethernet and it 
> works).  What can I do?
> -- 
> Guillermo Moreno-Socías 


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