Any Linux that "Just Works" for a Dell Inspiron E1405?
December 4, 2006 8:34 AM Subscribe
Is there a KDE based Linux Distro out there that will "Just Work" with my Intel 945 graphics card on my Dell Inspiron E1405? Or is there an EASY way to get, say, Kubuntu working with it? I can figure out everything else if I can JUST GET GRAPHICAL.
posted by TrueVox to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I bought this stupid Dell Inspiron E1405, thinking Dells had GREAT hardware support in Linux (that's what I had always heard, anyway). At any rate, long story short, I didn't even think to check Linux on Laptops till AFTER I'd bought the darn thing. I've tried the Ubuntu forums, and found a post on installing the 945resolution thingie, but I can't seem to access the net to do that from console. So I d/l'd it in windows, and went through a rugamarol with dpkg, and installed it. It worked, sorta, for a few days (boot into console, run it, then startx, but no KDM), but I'm linux stupid. I NEED a more "out of the box" solution. I can fiddle with sound, with wifi, bluetooth, whatever. But I need X. I've tried Kubuntu (that's the one that sorta worked for a little while), I've tried SLED 10, I've tried FC6, nothing (GRUB gave me problems with both of them). I'm willing to learn Gentoo, but I just don't know where to start. I found a writeup in the Gentoo Wiki (http://gentoo-wiki.com/HARDWARE_Dell_Inspiron_E1405) but for one thing it's 64 bit (which might cause problems if I can't find 64 bit software, right?) but mostly it requires the ASCI video be disabled in order to shut the laptop lid! Oh, and I also don't understand what the writeup means. That's the biggest roadblock. I have NO idea what all the configurations do. So, any help? PLEASE? I HATE WINDOWS!!!
Thanks in advance, I appreciate any guru's putting up with my noobery.