Ubuntu on laptop – Dell Inspiron 1100 October 25, 2006Posted by Timothy Li in dell inspiron 1100, laptop, ubuntu, wind.
[dear readers, if you got xgl to work on this laptop, could you leave a comment please? I need some help. ]
I followed a guide to install Ubuntu, plus a few posts from various support forums. If you have the same laptop – Dell Inspiron 1100, here are some hidden pieces that might come in handy for you.
After reading a dozen good reports about Ubuntu, the simplicity for installation still blew me away. It’s drop dead simple, all I had to do to have Ubuntu booted was
1. insert the disk
2. power on
3. press [enter]
Once Ubuntu is booted, two notable features are:
1. the OS can be booted directly from the CD, without changing your system in anyway. so after reboot, you still have MSN Messenger and iTunes and all that good stuff. In this “preview” mode you cannot save files or configurations.
2. if you decide to install the OS, the installer automatically resizes your Windows partition and squeeze in a Ubuntu partition. Again, after the reboot, you can go back to your goodies in Windows. The installation procedure has never been this painless before.
In the actual installation screen, the window does not fit into the 600 x 480 default resolution. if this is the case, you can drag the window around to see the [Next] button. hold down the [Alt] key and the [left mouse] button to drag the window.
Post installation, if the highest resolution you could select is 600 x 480, there’s a two-step procedure to fix this:
1. boot to Windows and update your bios to the current version, Dell’s official release page here – A32.
2. boot to Ubuntu and backup /etc/X11/xorg.conf, then copy this xorg.conf to /etc/X11/.
make sure the new file has the same access permission as before, as in
>sudo chmod 644 xorg.conf