My expereinces with Linux on a Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop

My advisor , purchased an Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop for me in November 2002.


I successfully installed Redhat 8.0 on the machine. The kernel version is 2.4.18-14. [I later upgraded to Fedora 2, kernel 2.6.5-1.358. See below for  fedora 2 experiences.]  Here are my experiences with the install :





                    [This paragraph was written before the apmcontinue hack. This pare is no longer useful. Keeping it here for the sake of history.]I tweaked apmd a bit. (I dont remember if it was required to tweak the file.) I added to network to RESTORESERVICES. I think this it was required to get the network to work after resume.  Looks like BIOS(version A06) is ok as far as handling cardctl suspend/resume.  Changing PCMCIABIOSBUG="yes" to PCMCIABIOSBUG="no" did not have any impact on suspend/resume. If you know what causes the eth0/eth1 to have problems, please let me know! Sometimes, the error msg "usb-uhci.c: Host controller halted, trying to restart." is printed zillions of times.  However, this has nothing todo with network getting screwed after resume.  I diasbled USB by passing "nousb" option to kernel and that does not make any difference to resume failures.  Even with/without nousb option to kernel, second or subsequent invocations of s2ram takes a while to suspend.  I did not try suspend to disk.

while true ;
do
cat /proc/apm > /dev/null
done

makes the sytem clock run at about half-speend and you lost time. Check David Carlton's  page for more info.

Misc stuff:


  The sites http://www.whacked.net/ldl/faq and Dell laptops yahoogroup are very useful.  Some other I8200 experiences :


Microsoft Windows : I have XP on the machine. First time I actually liked a windows machine! You might want to read of my horror stories wint windows on my IBM thinkpad.


Other Linux Dell 8200 laptop pages:

Other Linux Dell laptop pages:



Fedora 2 experiences:

[root@sudhakar root]# blk: queue 0359f600, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
Badness in ide_wait_not_busy at drivers/ide/ide-iops.c:1278
Call Trace:
 [<021f6c91>] ide_wait_not_busy+0x4b/0x7e
 [<021f53c6>] start_request+0xb8/0x1b9
 [<021f571e>] ide_do_request+0x23d/0x278
 [<021f5acf>] ide_intr+0xc7/0xe3
 [<021faedf>] ide_dma_intr+0x0/0x7a
 [<0210707e>] handle_IRQ_event+0x28/0x48
 [<02107311>] do_IRQ+0xf3/0x169
 =======================
 [<0210403b>] default_idle+0x23/0x26
 [<02112590>] apm_cpu_idle+0xe4/0x121
 [<0210408c>] cpu_idle+0x1f/0x34
 [<02318612>] start_kernel+0x174/0x176


[root@sudhakar root]# blk: queue 0359f600, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)


If you know whats happening, please let me know.

                        [root@sudhakar iso]# cdrecord -v speed=4 dev=0,1,0  FC2-i386-disc1.iso
                        cdrecord: No write mode specified.
                        cdrecord: Asuming -tao mode.
                        cdrecord: Future versions of cdrecord may have different drive dependent defaults.  
                        cdrecord: Continuing in 5 seconds...
                        Cdrecord-Clone 2.01a27-dvd (i686-pc-linux-gnu) Copyright (C) 1995-2004 Jörg Schilling
                        Note: This version is an unofficial (modified) version with DVD support
                        Note: and therefore may have bugs that are not present in the original.
                        Note: Please send bug reports or support requests to <warlySPA_AMM@mandrakesoft.com>.
                        Note: The author of cdrecord should not be bothered with problems in this version.
                        TOC Type: 1 = CD-ROM
                        scsidev: '0,1,0'
                        scsibus: 0 target: 1 lun: 0
                        cdrecord: No such device or address. Cannot open '/dev/pg1'. Cannot open SCSI driver.
                        cdrecord: For possible targets try 'cdrecord -scanbus'. Make sure you are root.
                         cdrecord: For possible transport specifiers try 'cdrecord dev=help'.


                       [root@sudhakar iso]# cdrecord -scanbus
                        Cdrecord-Clone 2.01a27-dvd (i686-pc-linux-gnu) Copyright (C) 1995-2004 Jörg Schilling
                        Note: This version is an unofficial (modified) version with DVD support
                        Note: and therefore may have bugs that are not present in the original.
                        Note: Please send bug reports or support requests to <warly@mandrakesoft.com>.
                        Note: The author of cdrecord should not be bothered with problems in this version.
                        scsidev: 'ATA'
devname: 'ATA'
scsibus: -2 target: -2 lun: -2
Warning: Using badly designed ATAPI via /dev/hd* interface.
Linux sg driver version: 3.5.27
Using libscg version 'schily-0.8'.
cdrecord: Warning: using inofficial libscg transport code version (schily - Red Hat-scsi-linux-sg.c-1.80-RH '@(#)scsi-linux-sg.c        1.80 04/03/08 Copyright 1997 J. Schilling').
scsibus0:
        0,0,0     0) *
        0,1,0     1) 'MATSHITA' 'CDRW/DVD UJDA740' '1.00' Removable CD-ROM
        0,2,0     2) *
        0,3,0     3) *
        0,4,0     4) *
        0,5,0     5) *
        0,6,0     6) *
        0,7,0     7) *
[root@sudhakar iso]#



So I searched on Google and stumbled on this: (It fixed the problem)

Re: problem with cdrecord / Fedora Core 2 (/dev/sg*)



Tristan Fillmore wrote:


On Tue, 2004-06-01 at 13:58, weha wrote:


Fedora Core 2 also recognizes it at /dev/scd0 (CD-reading works fine).
But cdrecord, only regognizes my ATAPI-CDROM, which isn't a CD-Writer:



SCSI support in the cdrecord shipped with Core 2 seems to be somewhat
broken. I am able to burn by using "cdrecord dev=/dev/scd0" (instead of
specifying a SCSI bus location). This produces a warning, but it seems
to work.


My understanding is that it's not broken at all....it's simplified. You don't have to do the whole -scanbus thing anymore. My SCSI writer works with dev=/dev/cdrom               




Good luck!

Sudhakar.

In case you are interested, the order details from Dell are as

Qty  Part #    Abbreviated Description
--- -------- ---------------------------------------------
0001 221-1431 I8200,15 IN UXGA,P4,2.2GHZ
0001 311-1357 512MB,DDR,266MHZ (2 DIMM)
0001 320-0194 32MB DDR 4X AGP NVIDIA NV17 3D VIDEO
0001 340-3968 40GB HARD DRIVE,5400RPM,I8100/8200
0001 340-6353 FLOPPY DRIVE, INSP, TIED
0001 430-0334 INTEGRATED NETWORK CARD I8200
0001 313-0832 INTERNAL 56K MODEM
0001 313-1192 FIXED 24X INT CD-RW/DVD COMB DR,I8200
0001 430-0398 802.11,1180 MINIPCI WIRELESS 1180I INSP
0001 312-0039 LITHIUM ION SPARE BATTERY


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