|Dell Specs by model for newer laptops
|Dell Laptop Support
||Dell Drivers and Downloads
|Late Model Dell Laptop specs by Model
|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.
||Take systems that would be recycled but have working screens and processors faster than 2.0 Ghz to Sergio for online sale.
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.
- These models will recognize the following battery models:
- 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.
- 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.