1. Wanted to let you know Ubuntu 10.04.02 LTS works on these machines. It took a bit of tweeking and I guess that's why I kept ending up here. We would normally default to Linux Mint/LXDE when it seems a machine is too old to take Ubuntu 10.04 - in fact I'm writing this to you on an iMac made in 1999 running MintPPC. Your info on this particular Dell laptop helped me immeasurably. I'm currently setting up 4 Dell Inspiron 2600s with Ubuntu 10.04

    I must say, I didn't like using Windoze for the 5-10 minutes it took to download the "I2600A08" [ftp://ftp.dell.com/bios/I2600A08.exe] to load onto a floppy disk(!) to change the bios. And the Lucid Lucy Alternate CD install starts out a little scary when the white diagonal bars take over the screen. But once I figured out what to put in the xorg.conf file (I think I did pretty well, but please let me know if there is something I do or don't need in here) these machines run pretty well.

    Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "Layout 1"
    Screen "Default Screen"
    Option "BlankTime" "0"
    Option "StandbyTime" "0"
    Option "SuspendTime" "0"
    Option "OffTime" "0"

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Configured Video Device"
    Driver "intel"
    Option "SWCursor" "True"
    Option "HWCursor" "False"
    Option "monitor-LVDS" "Configured Monitor"

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Configured Monitor"
    Option "PreferredMode" "1024x768"
    Option "DPMS"

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Default Screen"
    Monitor "Configured Monitor"
    Device "Configured Video Device"

    Thanks again!
    God Bless,


    • I may have replied too soon. The first Dell Inspiron 2600 is running well with 256 MB RAM. However, the 2nd 2600 (of 4) is still running in low-graphics mode even after the above xorg.conf was saved. This is likely due to this 2600 only having 128 MB RAM (what was I thinking?), but I thought I'd mention it before I take a shot at #3.

      • Linerd

        Good luck with your 2600's. I've since passed mine on to my nephew. Mine had 384 MB of RAM. I upgraded the easily accessible chip. The machine can be maxed out at 512, but you have to take it apart to access the 2nd chip.


        • Thanks for the luck. Turned out I'd messed up the install on the 2600 #2 (blurry-eyed, middle of the night, still used expert install and apparently made some bad choices) and rather than hunt down individual problems, I actually reinstalled this morning. Still used the xorg.conf above and again it works. It's slow of course, but no errors. I'll have to install more RAM before giving it away with the other 3 - and as you did, I will likely just add a stick in the easy-to-get-to slot. Thanks again for your info on this machine - and point your nephew to this in case he'd like to check into Ubuntu.

  2. tetris11

    The reason Hardy kept freezing was because of the ACPI.
    Booting up with acpi = off, solves most of these issues - unfortunately it disables the laptops ability to go into sleep or hibernate.

    I suspect CentOS couldn't configure your acpi, so just set it to acpi=off on boot, which is why suspend and hibernate don't work properly.

    • Linerd

      Thanks for the tip. I haven't used this old machine in a while, but it would be nice to get it all configured and running well to pass on to my nephew. I'm thinking of trying the latest version of Puppy Linux, which is of course based on Ubuntu now.

      Are you still running Hardy on your 2600? I think the support for Hardy ends this April, correct?


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