Urgent help needed for Dell Latitude E6410 and Dell Vostro 3450 ! !

O. Sinclair o.sinclair at gmail.com
Wed Nov 2 07:35:38 CDT 2011

On 02/11/2011 12:02, Basudeb Biswas wrote:
> Hi All, and greetings for the forthcoming festivities!
> We have the two systems finding mention in the subject, which are the
> Dell Latitude E6410 and Dell Vostro 3450. The Latitude being the prior
> purchase, I had unsuccessfully tried to install a completely-functional
> 10.10 (hereinafter referred to as "MM", in short for Maverick Meerkat)
> with the video and touchpad (scrolling etc,) completely non-functional.
> Finding no fix, I was left with no other option but to upgrade / update
> to Ubuntu 11.04 (I'm running Linux Mint 11 "Katya" now), wherein the
> video and the touchpad scrolling works now. So far, so good! After
> perusing the multiple logs about the horrible power management and
> battery drain in the latest Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, I find little
> sense in upgrading now.
> Now come the problem, which is with the Dell Vostro 3450. This system
> was purchased in Thailand about 1 month back, came pre-installed with
> Ubuntu 10.10. The system worked in all respects; well, almost, as while
> installing the ATI drivers for the discrete video card in that machine,
> the OS crashed, post which I performed an upgrade to Ubuntu 11.10.
> Things started up fine, but the system which used to provide a battery
> backup of almost 3 to 3.5 hours on Ubuntu 10.10, suddenly dropped to
> about 1 - 1.25 hours of battery backup!! Disastrous as it was for us, as
> this system is for field work, we were forced to come back to Ubuntu
> 10.10. The Dell Recovery Partition did not work, which, I presume, broke
> whilst the upgrade to Ubuntu 11.10 was being performed. We created a
> Dell Recovery OS media from the system (that is, the Dell Vostro 3450)
> using the Utility and OS partitions in the system, and re-installed the
> Ubuntu 10.10 back into the Dell Vostro 3450. Now, the wireless does not
> function at all, wherein Network Manager does not detect a wireless
> network, as also "lspci" does not list a WLAN Card in the system! We
> have not tried with the RJ-45 jack for the "eth0" interface, but even if
> that works, would not be of any help, as it is a field-use system.
> We would appreciate any and all help in order to get the system (the
> Dell Vostro 3450) up and running with the Ubuntu 10.10 with the
> functioning of the provided devices / components proper and in the way
> they should be! We definitely do not want to go back to Windows, and
> would take any steps necessary from barring use of Windows on this
> system, and to get the system up-and-running with Ubuntu with no or very
> minor glitches. Kindly extend all the help everybody can! Thank you all
> immensely in advance.
I have no experience of the dell images but have you tried to simply 
connect to internet using cable and check for restricted drivers?

Second thing I would try is downloading "stock" ubuntu 10.10 image, 
create a live cd or usb and boot from that and see if problem persist

good luck,

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