This is summary of the issues covered in this thread. Please note that these are for Bianca, so i have no idea how they will help for Cassandra and beyond.
Most of my content is based upon a Dell D620. (gradually content will be updated)
Beryl + Kiba Dock
Beryl was a real pain in the backside for me, but again, all it takes it a little time and patience to really understand the mechanisms involved.
Assuming you have install the display drivers ok - see below for that follow the instructions here to the letter. Its an easy article to skip through but follow it precisely and you shall be fine.
For Kiba dock there are two options: - install one of the first versions from here or install the svn with a script from the official forums here. Both are quite straight forward, but be careful as the first one is good but difficult to isolate functions. The second is more refined but there are problems with the physics engine, but this version is so so easy to install. I would wait for the official release which shall be very very soon!
Unable to boot on Kernel Updates
Ok, this is probably your worst nightmare, thinking i'll update to make things better then you reboot only to find that mint cannot load X!
Follow the instructions to take you to terminal, log in as you then type one simple thing.
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alllow the nvidia installer to be download and install, then let it rebuild your xorg.conf. Don't worry if there are monitor specific stuff it usually tends to retain them, if not, there is a backup xorg.ocnf near by that you can copy most of the finer details from
Quite simply see here
Machine = Dell latitude D620 using 3G radio,
Card = Novatel Wireless EU740 internal card - t a mini-PCI express card that has a USB interface available.
Operator = Default is Vodafone, but I am using the card with 02, a uk cellular operator
Firstly you need install kppp from synaptic, and another little useful app called comgt.
You need to download comgt to your \home folder then navigate into the folder with terminal and type make and then make install.
Next you need to follow the instructions here, but avoiding any network specific settings and substituting for your own. There are loads of vodafone tutorials about but none for the smaller networks.
Kppp o2 settings:
login ID: mobileweb
make sure you select the correct modem device, e.g. /dev/ttyUSB0 and not /dev/tty0 - you will be sitting for hours trying to think why it is not working!
the Init String 2 in the modem commands box : AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","mobile.o2.co.uk"
There are more settings here
Default Booting OS
This again is really simple, but no one really has shown this explicitly.
In terminal navigate to
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and open the menu list with sudo gedit menu.lst
this has a mixture of comments and startup code, for the Grub menu. All of what i am about to say is in this file.
There are two ways to tell the grub the default OS to boot. I will document my way that worked.
Looking through the file you will see the various menu options (tagged with 'title') and their attributes below like root, kernel etc.
Now the grub numbers each title field- in my case i had two kernels (with two safe modes), a memcheck, a splitter and windows. Thus windows would be number 6 starting from 0 (so seven entries numbered 0 to 6).
You place this number decide the text 'default' now this maybe just below a section of comments that cover this issue so be careful you don't miss it. Its current value should be 0.
I'm been lurking for quite some time, trying to gather information and see if there are any potential issues that i will run into when installing and getting everything working correctly.
I am due to get a new laptop within the next week or two (Dell D620, C2D, 2gb RAM, 100GB HD, Quadro graphics) and i fully intend to dual boot with Mint.
I'm not a complete linux newbie, i have been using it at work for quite some time but i just feel now is the perfect opportunity to test the installation water.
I have a set of goals i want to attain with this installation - mainly familiarity with the OS before i attempt a Gentoo barney!
So i thought i could use my experiences to help newbies as i discover the road to mint heaven. This post will be where i post my problems and solutions hopefully from others that me. I just thought it would be a good resource to have a step by step newbie user guide to installation and configuration.
Ok, so my goals:
- Sort windows first, the resize the partition. Understand how the grub works with windows and the necessary config files
- Create the appropriately partitioned drive with ease of use file systems that can be seen and modified by both windows and mint. I really want to get this one right!
- Install wireless card, docking station, fingerprint reader, 3G module and resolve any hardware issues including the infamous display resolution issues. I'm reasonably confident the hardware will have support.
- Configure Beryl and kiba dock to look something like this
- Prevent any issues with greying hair during the process!
So i may as well begin- i remember scorp123 talking a while ago about the best files system configuration for linux/UNIX and although most of the arguments in the thread made sense there was certainly not a clear consensus!
From that thread i really like the concept of partitioning the drive to have 2 areas that would be backed up, one for mint and another for xp. This would have the been of reduce backup space rather that backing up the whole drive. At the same time i would like to have a few partitions as possible, more than 4 just gets complicated!
Currently i'm using about 60gb in windows, so i'm hopeful that i can minimise my apps move most into mint equivalents. Media i'm likely to keep on a 250bg external drive.
if i say 30~40 for windows, that leaves 60 for linux and any bits in between.
My first question, bearing in mind reliability and ease of use is paramount, is how to i divide this up, what files systems do i use and will i need a shared partition?