back to factory conditions on the Inspiron 1525

sean seankenny at
Tue Dec 16 16:59:53 CST 2008

On Mon, Sep 1, 2008 at 11:36 AM, O. Sinclair <o.sinclair at> wrote:
> sean wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I purchased an Inspiron with Gutsy pre-installed with which I was very
>> happy. In an attempt to get vmware working properly I decided the best
>> thing was to upgrade to HH using the synaptic prompts.
>> Upgrade went nearly Ok, except
>> 1) I have no sound, and after a week of reading and testing have not
>> been able to get it back.
>> 2) Plus wifi is turned on permanently but the blue light wifi
>> indicator no longer works, and
>> 3) Compiz has started to glitch a bit.
>> Apart from the sound most of this is liveable with but I thought I
>> would back up home, revert to factory conditions and start again.
>> Unfortunately the ubuntu-dell-reinstall.iso on the desktop is showing
>> at 5GB and won't fit onto the blank media (not sure if this was
>> changed in the upgrade!), so my question is, is there a iso anywhere I
>> can download that will return the machine to the pristine condition I
>> got it in?
> Before you do that, have you tried this:
> 1. Set up the Dell repository as per these instructions:
> 2. Install the linux-backports-modules. In a terminal/console window type
> sudo aptitude (or apt-get) install linux-backports-modules-hardy-generic
> the above should sort your issues with wifi-led and sound. If sound is still
> misbehaving download and install the modem-driver as this installs "on the
> soundcard". See this:
> good luck,
> Sinclair
Hi again,

this is no longer working, I had to redo it a couple of times after
what I think were kernel upgrades, but now I can't get sound to work
at all.


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