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So, you have a Dell Vostro 1510, and you want to run Linux on it? Good man! Read on. Read first. If you plan on completely wiping Windows, especially read the ethernet card section before you repartition. My model has an Intel GMA X3100 video card.


Handy dual booting guide

I wanted to install Ubuntu and Vista with equal parts of the hard drive. Unfortunately, Vista is smack dab in the middle of the drive, so I had to reinstall it after partitioning and installing Ubuntu. Make sure you go to Dell's website and get drivers *before* reinstalling, if you don't have a secondary internet box.



Getting the Dell Wifi card to work

lspci entry:

06:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4310 USB Controller (rev 01)


This guide worked for me. The stripped down drivers did not. Just use the XP drivers in the 86mb driver bundle file Dell has on their website. bcmwl5.inf, NOT bcmwl6.inf (the latter are Vista drivers). Everything else is golden, though.



Getting the Ethernet card to work

from: http://www.stupent.at/2008/06/22/ubuntu-linux-on-a-dell-vostro-1510-a-review/

Giuseppe Says:

July 11th, 2008 at 09:02

Hi there, I’m currently using ubuntu 8.04. I had serious problems with the Realtek RTL8111/8168B Gigabit Ethernet controller (all packets dropped). The module name is r8169. I would like to report that I was able to fix the issue by passing the pci=nomsi parameter to the kernel at boot time. (edit /boot/grub/menu.lst)


Additionally, I had to disable the option in Windows Vista which allowed the hardware to be disabled to conserve power.


Update: It looks like the ethernet card (like the sound card) dies after suspend. Annoying.


Getting the screen brightness to work



Sound dies after suspend



Temporary workaround fix: run "sudo /sbin/alsa force-reload" to manually reload everything (and crash the gnome volume control applet and firefox)


The Home and End keys are in bad positions

Having to hold down Fn and hit the right or left key to activate Home or End is highly annoying while coding. I remapped the menu and right Ctrl keys to serve my purposes.


Use xev to grab key events.


Dump the following into ~/.Xmodmap

keysym Menu = Home

keysym Control_R = End


Edit session and add "xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap" to your startup programs.


Gaming issues

  • Savage locks up with a white screen. (Recoverable, hit ctrl-alt-f1 to switch to console and kill the process.)
  • Running WarCraft III in wine and changing to 16-bit color mode causes the entire system to lock up (unrecoverable).
  • Running Guild Wars makes the mouse pointer change to the game's mouse pointer and the entire system to lock up (unrecoverable).
  • Unreal Tournament 2004 goes to a black screen and the entire system to lock up. (unrecoverable)


Minor issues

  • If the machine is rebooted with headphones plugged in, they must be replugged to prevent sound from coming out of the main speakers.


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