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Installing Mint 7 KDE on Dell Studio 15 S15-158B

Postby raulpober on Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:52 pm

Hello,

I just purchased a new Dell Studio 15 on ebay and decided to give Mint 7 KDE a try. So far things are going pretty well!

Here is the output from lspci

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00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 07)                                                                   
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)                                           
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)                                                   
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)                                                                 
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)                                                                 
00:1a.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 03)                                                                 
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 03)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 6 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
04:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01)
08:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM5784M Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (rev 10)
09:01.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 05)
09:01.1 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 22)
09:01.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 12)
09:01.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev 12)


The first problem I ran into was getting the wireless controller working. I tried the advice of other users from http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=27054&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=bcm4322 but to no avail. I then found a guide for installing the Broadcom STA at http://djkaos.wordpress.com/2008/10/25/installing-broadcom-80211-linux-sta-driver/ I followed these steps and got the wireless working with WPA. However, it seems that the network does not come back without restarting when resuming from suspend.

Updates:

To get wireless to come back after suspend:
sudo vi /etc/default/acpi-support
STOP_SERVICES="networking"

Webcam testing:
I added my username to the video group.

skype - works
kopete - works
luvcview - works
dvr : Can't obtain the description of video channel 0 : Invalid argument hangs
camstream : no video hangs on D: Waiting for capture thread to stop...
Neither dvr nor camstream turn on the webcam light.

bluetooth is not working. The init script runs without error, but the light showing that bluetooth is enabled does not come on, and I was unable to pair my other devices with the laptop. I'll look into that later, but I never use bluetooth so it is a low priority for me at the moment.

After setting things up, I noticed a big problem with certain apps redrawing when scrolling or switching between windows. This was most problematic with kate and kile. I found this guide: http://www.ubuntugeek.com/intel-graphic ... users.html which had useful information on the subject. I added:

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Option          "EXAOptimizeMigration"       "true"
Option          "MigrationHeuristic"            "greedy"
Option          "Tiling"                              "true"


to xorg.conf and that seems to have fixed the redraw problem. It also sped up video playback in fullscreen mode.

To get the microphone working, I needed to enable the first capture input in alsamixer. Audio recording was tested with aurdor and skype.

So far so good. I'll update more when I have a chance to test out other features.
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Re: Installing Mint 7 KDE on Dell Studio 15 S15-158B

Postby emorrp1 on Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:10 pm

Hello, and Welcome to Linux Mint. Wow, sounds like you had quite a few problems, glad you've found solutions for most. Just wanted to say thanks for collating all this info for anyone with an identical system to find, and hope you find more for your webcam issues (looks like you got it working in the important apps at least)
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Re: Installing Mint 7 KDE on Dell Studio 15 S15-158B

Postby raulpober on Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:29 pm

Thanks! The setup was actually pretty straightforward compared to what I am used to, so I was pleasantly surprised :).
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