The basic install chose the qwerty/us keyboard. The disks were partitioned as 12GB for a linux partition (hda3) and 1GB for swap (hda4). Root was mounted from /dev/hda3. The kernel was installed from CD-ROM with devices selected including fs/autofs, fs/nfs, fs/nfsd, fs/ntfs, fs/vfat, net/3c59x, misc/psaux and net/ppp. The network hostname was identified as inco. The base system was installed from CD-ROM. Configuration involved setting the timezone to Australia/ACT with the clock not set to GMT (since it is dual boot). Initially skipped the "Make Linux boot directly from hard disk", but created a boot floppy. A Cusomt Boot was chosen and the system was rebooted.
The built-in network card is eth2 when docked and eth0 when undocked. See Section 60.9 to handle this.
Install i8kutils to control the Dell Latitude CPU fan, volume buttons, and Fn-keys, and to report CPU temperature. Includes a little applet to include a CPU temperature in the Gnome-Panel. You may need to load the module i8k. (By the way, i8k stands for Insperion 8000.) The command line i8kctl lists the current status of the fans.
alias sound-slot-0 maestro3
The video card has TV-Out but ATI is not supporting Linux on this yet, unlike NVidia which supports TV with its XFree86-4 option:
Option "ConnectedMonitor" "TV".
Currently on Inco I have:
Option "Display" "BIOS"which tells it to use whatever the BIOS recognises as connected (either CRT or FP).
At one time I had a problem playing videos with xine. Starting xine on Inco (4.10.24) displayed just a blue screen, even when the video is playing. If I choose the video driver to be xshm it works acceptably. Ogle fails to start also, although mplayer coped. The problem was running with 16 rather than 24 bpp X server!