Sunday 21 October 2007

Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron 5100 Problems solved

I've managed to improve my video by switching from the Vesa driver (enabled by default) to the Radeon driver.
The Radeon driver would not work properly without adding the line Option '"LVDSBiosNativeMode" "FALSE"' to /etc/X11/xorg.conf. Thanks to Ricky Cambell for that.

I also found some useful help regarding boot up speed and temperature control from this thread at the Ubuntu forum. 

Ubuntu 7.10 on Dell Inspiron 5100

Well - I've been running Vista on my new laptop for sometime so decided to play with the new Ubuntu release on my old Dell Inspiron 5100. It was a very easy install!

I had to start from the CD in safe graphics mode but when the install was complete, Ubuntu offered to install the softmodem and wireless card automatically.

I pointed the wireless installer at the driver reccomended by the Ubuntu Wifi docs site and everything worked first time.

Nice! All I need to do now is find a way to improve how the fonts look in Firefox.