Fedora 7 on a Dell Latitude D420

I have updated this page for Fedora 8 –click here.

Getting it to boot after install:

There is a bug in the kernel that ships with the install (2.6.21-1.3194.fc7), so to get it to start after the install you’ll need to add a kernel parameter at the grub menu to disable the acpi. The line should look like this:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.21-1.3194.fc7 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet acpi=off
Once you upgrade to the latest kernel this won’t be an issue. Currently (12/08/07) I’m running 2.6.22.1-41.fc7 with no problems.

Things that work first time:

  • Wired Network
  • Display – runs at 1280×800 by default
  • Sound
  • Bluetooth
  • SD Card Reader

Things that, eh, don’t:

  • WirelessThe free firmware for the intel3945 wireless wouldn’t work for me, so i had to install ipw3945. There’s a pretty
    good set of instructions for how to do this at Fedora Mobile, but that wouldn’t work for me either. Eventually I got it working with the ipw3945 rpm from atrpms. To do this add the following lines to your /etc/yum.conf
    [atrpms]name=Fedora $releasever - $basearch - ATrpms
    baseurl=http://dl.atrpms.net/f$releasever-$basearch/atrpms/stable
    gpgkey=http://ATrpms.net/RPM-GPG-KEY.atrpms
    gpgcheck=1
    After that, its just a matter of “yum install ipw3945″, and a quick reboot. You’ll need to go into System > Adminstration > Services to add set the Network Manager Services to run when the system starts.I added an entry for the card in system-config-network because i wanted to manually set my dns servers, but it
    should work fine without this if you have network manager running.
  • Modem
    Well, i dont actually know if this works or not, because i have no need/way to test it. There’s some pretty good instructions for getting it working here.
  • Touchpad
    You’ll need to edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf to speed it up a little bit. I changed the MinSpeed option to 0.75.

Stuff I havent tested yet:

  • Firewire
  • PCMCIA

Things I’ve Installed

  • rpm.livna.org
    Some of these instructions will need the the livna repos. To set it up click here.
  • xmms
    Xmms is a Winamp 2 clone, i like it because it’s lightweight and simple. The mp3 support is a package in livna called xmms-mp3. For more see my xmms page here.
  • mplayer
    My favourite media player – it has lots of options, and plays everything. You’ll want these three packages:
    yum install mplayer mplayer-gui mplayerplug-in
  • flash
    Install this rpm to add the adboe repo to yum, then “yum install flash-plugin”.

lspci output:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 01)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 01)
02:01.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev b4)
02:01.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C552 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 09)
02:01.2 Generic system peripheral [0805]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 18)
09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5752 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 02)
0c:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)

Posted July 22nd, 2007 in Linux.

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