Sunday, June 22, 2008

Installing openSUSE 11.0 on a Dell Vostro 1700

Hardware Specification

CPU

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo T7500 @ 2.20GHz 4MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB

Memory

3GB Dual Channel 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM

Chipset

Intel 965PM Express chipset

Graphic Card

NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB DDR2 dedicated graphics memory

Display

17" UltraSharpTM Wide Screen WUXGA (1920x1200) display with TrueLifeTM

Audio

SigmaTel STAC9205

Harddrive

2x Hitachi HTS722016K9A300 160GB 7200 rpm

Optical Drives

TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TSL-623H
DVD+/-RW with Dual Layer DVD

Power

DELL TM9878 battery 7800 mAh

Camera

Omnivision OV2640 2 MPixel 15 fps

Wireless

Dell Wireless Broadcom BCM4310

Mobile Broadband

Not installed

Touchpad

ALPS Electric

Bluetooth

Broadcom BCM2045B2

Network

Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX

Modem

Conexant HDA D330 MDC V.92 Modem

IR

unkown

Card Reader

unkown

ExpressCard

unkown

Installation

Base System

Installed using openSUSE 11.0 DVD. Using the KDE3 Package Using reiserfs for the file systems. Using Raid0 for better disk performance Using proprietary Nvidia drivers

Suspend to Ram

Works out of the box using s2ram -f (as root)

Create /etc/pm/config.d/s2ram:

add S2RAM_OPTS="-f"

su -

echo "S2RAM_OPTS="-f"" > /etc/pm/config.d/s2ram

Suspend to Disk

Not tested so far

External Monitor

Can be configured using nvidia-settings. If the Monitor is not connected on X11 startup KDE3 kicker will extend to the size of both monitors. Workaround: Add the Option "ConnectedMonitors" "DFP, CRT" to the Screen section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf. FN-F8 also works but only works well if Twinview is in Clone mode.

Display DPI

Fixed Display DPI to 96x96 (MS Windows default) Added Option "DPI" "96 x 96" to /etc/X11/xorg.conf Section "Screen"

SVideo Out

Not tested

Multimedia Buttons

Work out of the box. But make sure the main channel in Kmix is set to Front Dimming Buttons work out of the box

Audio

Internal Microphone The internal digital microphones do not work until you manually select a driver in the KDE Arts configuration (ALSA seams to be the best joice) External Microphone add options snd-hda-intel enable=1 index=0 model=dell-m42 to the first line of etc/modprobe.d/sound [http://forums.opensuse.org/hardware/386664-bug-alsa-driver.html] Internal Speakers Works out of the box External Speakers Works out of the box

IEEE 1394

Not tested

Speedstep

Seams to work out of the box

Fans

Seam to work out of the box

Card Reader

Seams to work out of the box

Web-Cam

Works out of the box

Touchpad

Works out of the box

Wireless

Does not work with the bcm43xx or b43 kernel module but with ndiswrapper zypper install ndiswrapper wget ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp36501-37000/sp36684.exe mkdir /lib/windrivers mv sp36684.exe /lib/windrivers cd /lib/windrivers cabextract sp36684.exe ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf ndiswrapper -a 14e4:4315 bcmwl5 ndiswrapper -m depmod -a modprobe wlan0 Configure wlan with Yast Add ndiswrapper to MODULES_LOADED_ON_BOOT in /etc/sysconfig/kernel

Bluetooth

Works out of the box

Modem

Not tested

Ir

Not tested

Compiz

Select compiz-kde-launcher in "KDE Control Center -> KDE Components -> Session Manager" create an executeable compiz-kde-launcher script somewhere in your PATH (~/bin) for example put the following content there: #!/bin/bash compiz --replace --sm-disable --ignore-desktop-hints --indirect-rendering --loose-binding ccp & sleep 3 # You can omit this now if you choose emerald --replace & exit 0

Skype

Download openSUSE RPMs from www.skype.com. Install libqt4-32bit, libqt-dbus-1-32bit and libqt4-x11-32bit. Integrated web cam is detected and works out of the box.

ReiserFs

Because of some bug in ReiserFs the system sometimes freezes. Changing the options of ReiserFs file systems in /etc/fstab to noatime,noacl may remove the problem also not confirmed yet.

Remove Projects from the Recent Project List in Visual Studio 2005


The list is stored in the registry at:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftVisualStudio8.0ProjectMRUList

Just remove the entries you do not want to be shown in the recent project list.