[clug-talk] New Laptop, couple of issues.

Gustin Johnson gustin at echostar.ca
Tue May 9 17:19:02 PDT 2006


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Shawn wrote:
> I picked up an Acer TravelMate 4202 the other day with a duo core T2300 chip 
> in there.  I've installed Kubuntu Dapper (with the 7th test disk - rc7?), and 
> after some initial problems seem to be running more or less fine.  Except for 
> two points.
> 
> First, I only have a resolution of 1024x768.  Nothing more, nothing less is 
> available to me.  Apparently this is a known issue to be resolved in the 
> official release of Dapper, but stems from a fault in the system BIOS (not 
> listing resolutions other than this).  There is a reference to a fix for this 
> via a 915resolution patch.  Anyone have any experience with this?  Or other 
> suggestions?
> 
> Second, the wireless card is not detected in any way, even though it is 
> powered up.  It's an Intel a/b/g job.  Any tips on getting this going?  I did 
> find reference to a driver for ipw3945 and have downloaded the tarball, but 
> thought I'd check to see if anyone has experience with this before trying to 
> install it.  (not sure if I fully understand the instructions yet either).  
> Any tips?
> 
> Thanks for any suggestions.
> 
> (Gustin, the pure Debian install was taking tooooo long, and the Dapper 
> install detected the broadcom card - once I had a cable plugged into it...)

I don't use Debian as a workstation anymore :)
Debian does not use DMA on disks by default, which, although stable, is
really slow.

I have not personally used the 915 patch, but I would give it a go.

If the tarball is a native driver I would use it over ndiswrapper.

Is there an updated bios for the laptop?
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