ATTN: NICHOLAS ANDRADE
Dell Incentives to keep system
Dell sometimes offers incentives to keep a system rather than returning it. You have to ask...
jimtehma (e-mail isn't checked) A couple things about Linux I forgot to add in my previous post: Check if your cd-dvd-rom drive is operating in DMA mode (easiest test is to play a DVD and see if it skips); I know at least with the DVD-ROM-CD-RW on the D610, I needed to pbutt a parameter to libata at boot for it to work at reasonable speeds. If you're using an ATI-nVidia card, you'll need a kernel module to get good 3D performance (I get ~1250 frames per second in glxgears with my X300). Installing is probably trivial, but I've never used Mandrake so I can't say for certain (may be as simple as: urpmi install kernel-module-fglrx). Also I noticed you're using 2.6.12, does your trackpoint (eraser head mouse) work? From 2.6.11 to 2.6.13, that portion of the kernel was rewritten and it broke the trackpoint (and it's corresponding buttons on my D610); I wrote a patch that fixed it in 2.6.11 but again you'll need to recompile the kernel. I'm a former Thinkpad user and hate the touchpad, but if you just use the touchpad it's probably not an issue for you. I've been very happy with kernel 2.6.14 and up; I use Red Hat's 2.6.14-1.1656 in Fedora and 2.6.16 with the beyond patchset (it's a combination of high performance patches plus suspend2) in Gentoo.