Wednesday Jun 20, 2007

Update: Solaris on Dell Latitude D830

I have upgraded my Solaris install on my Dell Latitude D830 to the build 66 release of Solaris Express Community edition. I then BFU'd with the latest bits on 6/18/07. So what's changed? I now have a bit more support for my chipset, the 965GM, thanks to a putback for CR 6492209 "Intel 965 chipsets should have AGP support". And, apparently, the VESA driver is now recognizing the GMA x3100 integrated graphics core correctly. But I still don't have a good xorg.conf file to get full resolution out of my display. (I haven't located the necessary specs for the LCD, and Dell was no help.) Anyways, here's a quick run-through of what is working: Wireless (Intel Pro Wireless 3945ABG, working with a 'B' access point, at least), Graphics (GMA x3100), USB, Touchpad. Here are somethings I'm still working on: Sound (Should be able to get this going with OSS). My apologies if this post is thin. I well definitely elaborate upon the hardware and steps needed to get it functioning when I'm spending less time configuring this laptop and more time using it. I will also learn how to format these posts so that they are easier to skim ;)

Tuesday Jun 12, 2007

Hello, World!

This is my first post, and I'm just trying it out. However, I am working on getting full hardware support for a Dell Latitude D830 from SXDE, so once I get the kinks worked out I will post details on the process. I have installed SXDE 2/07 already, and it's very cool...however the laptop contains Intel's new Centrino (Santa Rosa) chipset, so the internals are quite new. I will try SXDE 5/07 tonight, and we'll see if everything pretty much works out-of-the-box.
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