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How to fix the 3 part screen in Dell Inspiron 8000 series in Hardy Open the terminal
  • Run sudo displayconfig-gtk
  • Select the correct model for Screen 1 (usually the system manufacturer + native resolution)
  • Set the resolution to the monitor's native resolution
  • Click the OK button
  • Log out
  • Press Ctrl + Alt + F1 to switch to a virtual terminal
  • Run sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
  • Find the Virtual line under Section "Screen"
  • Change the virtual resolution to the native resolution
  • Press Ctrl + O to save, and Ctrl + X to exit.
  • Run sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart to restart GDM
The fans on dell 8500s *do not turn* due to a software issue in 9.10 (and all previous versions of Ubuntu!). This link provides the procedure for working around the problem.
Recycle Notes Take systems that would be recycled but have working screens and processors faster than 2.0 Ghz to Sergio for online sale.
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Notes on Dell Models

Latitude DX00 & DX10

  • Admin passwords on these models require hardware hacking in order to crack. Unseating the CMOS doesn't appear to work.

Inspiron 6000

  • These models will recognize the following battery models:
    • U4873
    • D5318

Inspiron 6400

  • Ran into an issue with one of these systems running with an nVidia GPU (Quadro NVS 110M/GeForce Go 7300), where both the nouveau and nvidia drivers would fail to load GDM, instead landing at a console login. Sifting through dmesg revealed some output where either driver would fail "... to evaluate _DSM: 5". The internet recommended adding a 'nomodeset' boot parameter to grub, which didn't change anything; however, then removing the 'nomodeset' option and attempting to boot would produce a black screen which prevented dropping to a console or even responding to Magic Unix Keys. Putting 'nomodeset' back in the boot parameters afforded me a console login again. Le sigh.

Inspiron 700m

  • These machines have the Intel 82855 chipset, which necessitates using the Dell-fix script in Ubuntu 10.04. See here for more details.
  • However, after running the script and booting into the graphical environment, the screen's resolution is skewed (16:10 aspect ratio trying to run at 1024 X 768). In order to fix this and run at the systems native resolution (1280 X 800), edit /etc/default/grub and the following (in bold)to this line:
 GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="splash quiet i915.modeset=1"
  • Save the changes to the file, and then run:
 $> sudo update-grub
  • Reboot the system, and you should now arrive at a much more crisp login screen.