Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Installing Fedora 7 on a Dell D630 Laptop (Cont.)

The machine did boot. However, all is not well. The DVD drive, which caused the installation problems, does not show up. I've no sound. The sound card detected is the "Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller." Which - presumably - is wrong.

The system is using an "Intel - Experimental modesetting driver for Intel integrated graphics chipsets" driver for the D630's Intel GMA (Graphics Media Accelerator) X3100 graphics card. This works up to a point. It is successfully driving the display at 1440x900 resolution, but the screen has an oddly milky appearance. Support for the GM965 Chipset as a whole is obviously an issue. I have a vision of looking in Windows Device Manager and seeing all those yellow exclamation marks in the device tree.

And tragically trying to run Beryl is a disaster. All I get is a screen whiteout. It's probably the experimental graphics card driver. All that graphics capability is going to waste... I need to get better hardware support from somewhere, or things are looking bad.

1 comment:

Philip said...

Your blog seems to one of only two places on the web discussing installing linux on the D630. The other looks to be
http://www.dellcommunity.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=sw_linux&thread.id=10148
where Ubuntu is attempted.

Hopefully someone will sort this out soon because (at least here in France) Dell has stopped selling D620s and D820s!

Not sure if its helpful but intel discusses linux drivers here:
http://intellinuxgraphics.org/documentation.html

Good luck