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23
Sep

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat on Dell Studio XPS 1640

After a brief time with Karmic (10.04), the laptop was upgraded to the beta of Maverick. Everything works out of the box with no additional tricks necessary in getting the Dell Studio XPS 1640 fully functional.

The only drawback I found in upgrading from Karmic was the loss of fglrx as a xorg-server driver. Maverick is shipping with the 1.9 version of xorg-server which is ABI incompatible with what fglrx is compiled against.

The exact error is:
undefined symbol: savedScreenInfo
which causes X not to start.

The rumour is that ATI will release a fglrx package that is compiled against 1.9 version of xorg-server when Maverick ships on Sunday, October 10th. Read moreRead more

13
Sep

xdd is not “extreme dd”

While the ladies and gentlemen at IO Performance Inc. are busy with their 7.0 “Phoenix” release, they have left their website in disrepair including the disappearance of their product, source code and documentation.

Since I make heavy use of xdd and apparently I am not the only one that needed the documentation, source and binary; I have provided it here for everyone.

xdd65.013007.tar
xdd6.5 documentation
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9
Apr

Upgrading the CPU in a Dell Studio XPS 1640

While the default Dell Studio XPS 1640 is fast and is a decent work laptop, it needed to do one extra thing, run virtual machines (VMs). I spend a lot of my time debugging, hacking and otherwise trying to make software behave in ways that the developers had not intended.

Tools like VirtualBox, VMWare, Xen and QEMU make this job less tedious. The problem is that with the Intel T7350 CPU, I cannot run 64 bit VMs. Turns out that T7250 is a 64 capable chip, but without the VT-x extension which allows for hardware assisted virtualization.

Look your Intel CPU up to see if it supports the VT-x flag.
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31
Mar

Ubuntu Karmic 9.10 on Dell Studio XPS 1640

The very first thing I did when the company I work for gave me a laptop, a Dell Studio XPS 1640, was to install Ubuntu Karmic on it. No need for windows on this thing, I plan on working, not playing.

Dell is very good about their laptops. Whenever I had a question, everything I ever needed to know about their hardware I could easily look up on the online. The 1640 is no exception with their manual.
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27
Feb

Debian 4.0 on Dell Latitude D505

So tried my hand at getting Linux up and running on a hand me down laptop that I’ll be doing a lot of work on. It is a Dell Latitude D505 with 1.2 Gigs of DDR ram, 1024×768 15in LCD, Pentium-M 1.5Ghz, Intel based wireless (802.11b), 120Gig Drive, and Intel based video card.

Started off wired to the Internet, Debian 3.1 install CD, linux26 install and everything was smooth sailing during install process. I selected http for getting my apt sources, wrapped up the install, rebooted. Once logged in, I immediately added testing and performed a aptitude dist-upgrade. This bumped me up to Debian 4.0. I installed the latest kernel 2.6.22 as it comes with the ipw2100 driver automatically. The earlier kernels do not and require you to compile yet more source code.
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