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by a.bowers
Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:08 am
Forum: Graphics Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD Radeon R7 problems
Replies: 9
Views: 2955

Re: AMD Radeon R7 problems

I would strongly suggest avoiding AMD graphics cards for Linux. So happens I've had two very similar laptops where the main hardware difference was the graphics cards; one Nvidia, one AMD. The AMD card is a lot fussier. Get a laptop that's got an Nvidia card and apt-get install bumblebee. It'll sing.
by a.bowers
Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:01 am
Forum: Graphics Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD Radeon R7 problems
Replies: 9
Views: 2955

Re: AMD Radeon R7 problems

I haven't noticed any tearing, in KSP, mostly textures just didn't load. I recently tried the drivers on AMDs website, but they never installed cleanly. Each time it wouldn't start x so I had to delete the driver in the terminal and reboot. The sticky thread here about AMD compatibility seems to be ...
by a.bowers
Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:48 pm
Forum: Graphics Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD Radeon R7 problems
Replies: 9
Views: 2955

Re: AMD Radeon R7 problems

I didn't go out to AMD's website. The Driver Manager already had three options for video drivers in it, the open source driver, the proprietary driver, and the proprietary driver with "updates". When using one of the proprietary drivers, there appears an AMD control panel in the menu that let's me s...
by a.bowers
Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Graphics Cards & Monitors
Topic: AMD Radeon R7 problems
Replies: 9
Views: 2955

AMD Radeon R7 problems

More trouble with the freaking Dell. For reference, I'm runnign Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca 64 bit. Video card is an AMD Radeon R7 M270. The machine was running the open source driver by default. I tried to load up Kerbal Space Program, and the graphics were faulty. I switched over to the proprietary dr...
by a.bowers
Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:57 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: [Solved] Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support
Replies: 12
Views: 2381

Re: [Solved] Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support

Got it. Took two days, but I got it. I upgraded the kernel to 3.17.1. I tried the latest one the Update Manager GUI, 3.16.29 or so, and I got partial functionality. xinput --list still isn't showing a Synaptics touchpad, just that UNKNOWN line item, but it works, so I'm done kludging with it. It doe...
by a.bowers
Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:15 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: [Solved] Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support
Replies: 12
Views: 2381

Re: Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support

Found an anomaly. Output from xinput --list is: ⎡ Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)] ⎜ ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ ELAN Touchscreen id=12 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ MSFT0001:00 06CB:75BD UNKNOWN id=13 [slave pointer (2)] ⎣ Virtual core keyboard id=3 [master key...
by a.bowers
Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: [Solved] Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support
Replies: 12
Views: 2381

Re: Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support

Didn't try. I just made sure the trackpad worked at all. And about Dell, I just can't fathom why this one doesn't work when the one exactly like it made a few months ago did. Plus, if I had bought from another company, I might have gotten the laptop I ordered. Howbdo I find where the trackpad driver...
by a.bowers
Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:33 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: [Solved] Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support
Replies: 12
Views: 2381

Re: Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support

So now I've got everything working on fresh boot, but the trackpad stops working on resume from sleep/suspend and none of the fixes I've spent the last two hours googling have worked. modprobe psmouse doesn't do anything. Editing grub didn't help. Switching to and back from a terminal screen doesn't...
by a.bowers
Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:49 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: [Solved] Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support
Replies: 12
Views: 2381

Re: Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support

Well, it worked in Live mode. Ran the install process, and it only booted into some funky shell thing. No idea what went wrong there. So, I'm re-mounting 17.1 to the flash drive, going to install it exactly as it comes, and then try any modifications once they're on the hard drive. The other laptop ...
by a.bowers
Thu Jan 15, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: [Solved] Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support
Replies: 12
Views: 2381

Re: Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support

Okay. On reading some advice here: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=177653 , I re-mounted Mint 17.1 on my memory stick, with the persistent change function included this time. I booted it into Live mode, did a sudo apt-get update, and then used Update Manager > View > Linux Kernels t...
by a.bowers
Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: [Solved] Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support
Replies: 12
Views: 2381

Re: Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support

Okay. I am typing this on the new Dell, running Ubuntu 14.10 from a memory stick. The trackpad works now. It has a similar minor problem that the last one also had, but there was a simple fix for it. So I now know there's at least one distro of Linux that will function with this hardware. Now the is...
by a.bowers
Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: [Solved] Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support
Replies: 12
Views: 2381

Re: Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support

They did get me to say "I'm okay with the newer model," but in a back-handed, lying way. They called me up and told me that the model I had was no longer available, but "the next model up" with a different graphics card was available. I then asked if everything else about the laptop was the same, to...
by a.bowers
Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: [Solved] Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support
Replies: 12
Views: 2381

[Solved] Dell Inspiron 7547 trackpad support

The Dell saga continues. I last posted about my 7537. That laptop failed for the fifth time, so Dell replaced it with a different model, one I wouldn't have bought in the first place because it lacks several features I wanted, like a numpad or an Ethernet port. Anyway, I booted Quiana Cinnamon from ...
by a.bowers
Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon wireless fails at resume from suspend
Replies: 1
Views: 346

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon wireless fails at resume from suspend

I am at my wits end with this Dell. I've got an Inspiron 15 7000 series (the 7357, also known as the AVOID AT ALL COSTS) It's downright unusable in Windows 8.1, so I tried installing Linux to maybe save a $2,000 laptop. Things keep failing. The most recent one is the wireless card fails on resume fr...

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