Linux-Desktops Digest, Vol 66, Issue 1

Basudeb Biswas optimusforensisprofessio at gmail.com
Wed Nov 2 14:31:06 CDT 2011


Hi All!

Thanks a ton for the replies! The Fn+F2 (Wireless switch; no hardware
slider or toggle switch) was on, as the Bluetooth was functioning. I wasn't
really sure about the stock Ubuntu, as fetching the iwlwifi, touchpad and
Intel / ATI video card drivers would've been a real trouble, trying to
fetch them from the Dell ftp site, as also from Google.

Nevertheless, did a complete format - re-install of the Ubuntu 10.10 OS,
and things worked! Guess something went amiss the first time I recovered
the system from the Recovery Media, which installed itself correctly the
second time around. That being done, I now face a problem with running
VirtualBox, wherein the problem lies with the availability of the USB
devices. I will try it over the weekend, and post back for what went which
way.

Next up (also during the weekend) is a try-and-run-with-everything-working
Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS install of Dell Latitude E6410. Wish me luck! Till then,
take care people! Loads of good luck!! Happy Linux-ing!!

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>   1. Urgent help needed for Dell Latitude E6410 and Dell Vostro
>      3450 ! ! (Basudeb Biswas)
>   2. Re: Urgent help needed for Dell Latitude E6410 and Dell
>      Vostro 3450       ! ! (O. Sinclair)
>   3. RE: Urgent help needed for Dell Latitude E6410 and Dell
>      Vostro 3450       ! ! (Mario_Limonciello at Dell.com)
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> Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2011 15:32:34 +0530
> From: Basudeb Biswas <optimusforensisprofessio at gmail.com>
> Subject: Urgent help needed for Dell Latitude E6410 and Dell Vostro
>        3450 ! !
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> 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.
>
> --
> Regards,
>
> Basudeb Biswas.
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> Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2011 14:35:38 +0200
> From: "O. Sinclair" <o.sinclair at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: Urgent help needed for Dell Latitude E6410 and Dell
>        Vostro 3450     ! !
> To: <linux-desktops at dell.com>
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> 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,
> Sinclair
>
>
>
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> Message: 3
> Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2011 08:29:08 -0500
> From: <Mario_Limonciello at Dell.com>
> Subject: RE: Urgent help needed for Dell Latitude E6410 and Dell
>        Vostro 3450     ! !
> To: <linux-desktops at lists.us.dell.com>
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> Basudeb:
>
> For the vostro 3450, have you checked that the WLAN switch is enabled and
> that the card is showing up in the BIOS?  If it's not showing up in lspci,
> it also sounds that it could be loose and just needs to be reseated.
>
> Mario Limonciello
> Linux Engineer
> Dell | OS Engineering
> ________________________________________
> From: linux-desktops-bounces On Behalf Of Basudeb Biswas [
> optimusforensisprofessio at gmail.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2011 5:02
> To: linux-desktops
> Subject: Urgent help needed for Dell Latitude E6410 and Dell Vostro 3450 !
> !
>
> 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.
>
> --
> Regards,
>
> Basudeb Biswas.
>
>
>
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