||: works out of the box|
||: works after some configuration|
|NO||: does not work|
||Status with Mandriva 2009
||15.4" TFT, WUXGA (1920 x 1200)
nVidia Quadro NVS 140 M, 256 MB
|OK : max. resol. 1920x1200 works fine; 3D effects OK|
|VGA output (beamer, external monitor)||nVidia Quadro NVS 140 M, 256 MB||OK|
||Intel HDA 82801H (SigmaTel STAC 9205)||OK : hissing noise problem fixed (see below)
||ATA, 160 GB||OK|
||trackpoint + touchpad
||OK : both touchpad and the trackpoint can be used|
||Broadcom NetXtreme BCM 5755M Gigabit PCI Express||OK|
||Intel PRO/Wireless 4965 AGN||OK
||Conexant MDC RD02-D330 (operates through the Intel HDA audio controller)||NO (see below)|
||CardBus (02 Micro, Inc.)||OK|
|USB||4 ports, Intel 82801H controler||OK
||1 port IEEE 1394, Open Host Controller Interface (OHCI) (02 Micro, Inc.)||not tested
|CD/DVD read/write||HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GSA-T21N||OK|
|Suspend to disk||NO|
|Screen light buttons||OK|
|Sound control buttons||OK|
The laptop has been bought from Dell without any OS pre-installed :-)
The Linux installation has been performed from the live CD Mandriva 2009 One (KDE version), asking to the BIOS to boot on the CD and then choosing "Live Install". The installation proceeded smoothly, except for the hissing noise from the loudspeakers (see below).
Screen: 15.4" TFT, WUXGA (1920 x 1200); graphic card: nVidia Quadro NVS 140 M, 256 MB
Xorg 7.3 + nvidia
Works nicely (Xorg configured by the install to use the driver nvidia; here is the resulting xorg.conf file). The maximum resolution (1920 x 1200) is used by default and results in a very nice display. At such high resolution, the default fonts looks quite small. But their apparent size can be changed easily from the menu
Configurer votre bureau -> Apparence -> Polices -> Forcer le PPP des polices
replace 96 PPP by 120 PPP
(I guess the English menu is something like Configure desktop -> Appearence -> Fonts -> Force DPI)
The 3D rendering works well: OpenGL OK (checked with glxgears and Wherever Racer) and 3D effects in Compiz Fusion work.
Hardware: nVidia Quadro NVS 140 M graphic card
Software: Xorg 7.3 + nvidia driver +
The only configuration to perform "by hand" is to edit the file
/etc/X11/xorg.conf to change the line
Option "DynamicTwinView" "false"
Option "DynamicTwinView" "true"
in the Section "Device" (see the attached xorg.conf file) (for some reason, Mandriva people had disable the dynamic twin view in the xorg.conf and it has be restored to allow for the nvidia X server settings to work properly).
Then, each time to plug a video projector (beamer) or an external monitor, press Fn F8 to switch to the dual screen mode. After this, launch the application
Main menu -> Tools -> System tools -> NVIDIA Display Settings
nvidia-settings in a console.
This opens a window labelled "NVIDIA X Server Settings". Click on "X Server Display Configuration". You should be able to select two items in the "Model" section:
Software: module snd_hda_intel of linux kernel 2.6.27
The major problem during the install was a lound noise (hissing) arising from the loudspeakers at some point in the boot sequence and staying permanently afterwards. This is actually a feedback from the microphone; it is a well known problem (also present with Mandriva 2008 Spring), reported in Mandriva Bugzilla: bugs 44877, 44703, 40816 and 38895, as well as in various forums (e.g. here).
A simple workaround is to run kmix (either by typing 'kmix' in a console or from the sound button in the task bar of the desk), then in kmix menu, select
Configuration->Configurer les canauxadd Mux and click on OK. Then a Mux level bar appears. Setting it to zero fixes the problem. Even after a reboot.
Update (12 November 2008): the bug has been corrected by Mandriva
who delivered an official
update of the sound-scripts package
Software: module synaptic of Xorg
Works out of the box. Both the touchpad and the trackpoint can be used.
However the cursor motion from the touchpad is too slow (certainly because
the 1920x1200 screen is too big for the default settings). This can be easily
improved by adding/changing the following lines in the Section "InputDevice"
Option "MaxSpeed" "1.50"
Option "MinSpeed" "0.7"
Option "AccelFactor" "0.3"
See the attached xorg.conf file.
I have also added
Option "MaxTapTime" "0"
in order to suppress taping, i.e. touching/tapping will not be taken as a mouse click (but this is a personal taste).
module tg3 of linux kernel 2.6.27
Works out of the box.
module iwlagn of linux kernel 2.6.27
Works out of the box.
Hardware: Conexant MDC
RD02-D330 (operates through the Intel HDA audio controller)
Software: module hsfhda of linux kernel 2.6.27
As for most (all ?) laptops, the internal modem of the Dell D830 is not a real modem, but a "soft modem" (also called a "winmodem"), i.e. a device which depends on software to perform the functions traditionally handled by modem hardware. For further details, see the Linmodem web page.
The type of modem is identified via the command
Codec: Conexant ID 2c06
Vendor Id: 0x14f12c06
Subsystem Id: 0x14f1000f
Revision Id: 0x100000
Modem Function Group: 0x2
It is supposed to be supported by the hsfmodem driver. So I have installed the dkms-hsfmodem rpm from Mandriva 2009 and run the command
to load the hsfhda module in the kernel. Everything seemed to work well
(no error message and a symbolic link
/dev/ttySHSF0 is created by the module). But when I launch kppp, I
have got the error message "Modem is busy".
I have not spent much time to figure out what the problem is. Some relevant pages are
Tech/Modems on Dell Linux and Linuxant HSF modem.
Firewire 02 Micro, Inc.
Software: modules ohci1394, ieee1394 of linux kernel 2.6.27
Suspend to RAM : works out of the box via the command
su -c pm-suspend
By default, closing the laptop's lid does not trigger a suspend to RAM. To
change this, I've modified the file
so that it becomes
test -f /usr/sbin/laptop_mode || exit
# lid button pressed/released event
if grep -q closed
Then, closing the lid triggers a suspend to RAM. After opening, the system resumes and a black screen appears. Touch the touchpad and you will be prompted for your password to return to your session.
Suspend to disk (hibernate) : does not work
su -c pm-hibernate does trigger a suspend to
disk, but the system fails to resume when pressing the power on button.
su -c pm-suspendor close the lid, see above)