Highway to Dell, part three

(Continued from Highway to Dell, part two.) The trackpad is much easier to work with since I followed these instructions. I also set MaxTapTime to "0" (zero) to disable tapping on the trackpad, and SHMConfig to "on" so that I can use synclient, gsynaptics or similar programs to play with the settings at runtime. The relevant section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf now looks like this:

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier      "Synaptics Touchpad"
        Driver          "synaptics"
        Option          "SendCoreEvents"        "true"
        Option          "Device"                "/dev/psaux"
        Option          "Protocol"              "auto-dev"
        Option          "HorizEdgeScroll"       "0"
        Option          "MinSpeed"              "0.14"
        Option          "MaxSpeed"              "1.6"
        Option          "AccelFactor"           "0.084"
        Option          "SHMConfig"             "on"
        Option          "MaxTapTime"            "0"

I plan to play with HorizEdgeScroll later! It also seems like ndiswrapper was not loaded at boot so I simply load it from /etc/rc.local with the line below. There is probably a more correct way, but this works fine:

/sbin/modprobe ndiswrapper

Once when the computer woke up from hibernation it did not restore the X session properly, but it was possible to login from another computer and reboot. Such is life. I was not able to spot anything in the logs to explain this.

Update Continued on Highway to Dell, part four.


  1. Hi!
    One question. I got the computer inspiron 1525 that came with a ethernet card Marvell® Yukon 88E8040. Do you know if this card is supported in the inspiron dell DVD?
    I have many problems with this card.

  2. @Fran

    It worked out of the box when I installed from the DVD image provided by Dell!

    lspci -nn shows this:

    09:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller [11ab:4354] (rev 12)

    My kernel is:

    Linux dell-desktop 2.6.22-14-generic #1 SMP Tue Feb 12 07:42:25 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux

    dmesg says:

    [ 19.508000] ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:09:00.0[A] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
    [ 19.508000] PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:09:00.0 to 64
    [ 19.508000] sky2 0000:09:00.0: v1.18 addr 0xfe8fc000 irq 16 Yukon-FE+ (0xb8) rev 0
    [ 19.508000] sky2 eth0: addr 00:1d:09:3b:40:cc
    [ 26.896000] sky2 eth0: enabling interface

  3. Thank you. I installed hardy 8.04 alpha 5. But some problems, as with any alpha: no sound, and the computer is too hot, it also has problems with suspend, as the fedora guy said.
    And I cannot download the DVD from dell. I’ll try from home.

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