ACPI problems with Dell laptops
northg at shaw.ca
Sun Nov 27 04:47:30 GMT 2005
Hi Eric, Groggy and all who replied to this my initial enquiry:
Thank you for the tips. I tend to favour the Dells also, but the the
ACPI does sound like a concern.
Will watch this space.
Thanks again to all.
Eric Anderson wrote:
> Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:
>> On Tuesday, 22 November 2005 at 17:12:46 -0800, Graham North wrote:
>>> Am currently trying to choose between a couple of laptops, the luck
>>> winner of which will have Freebsd loaded alongside WinXP.
>>> Dell Latitude d600 with Radeon 9000? video, intel pro wireless
>>> IBM R51 - Intel Extreme2, intel pro wireless.
>>> The main differences will likely be the video and maybe bios, acpi...?
>>> Can someone suggest to me whether these are both safe choices?
>>> Am I better off installing 5.4 or 6.0?
>> I've had both Dell and ThinkPad (no longer IBM). I prefer Dell,
>> despite their attempts to convince me otherwise.
>> However, we currently seem to have significant ACPI problems with Dell
>> laptops. I'm writing this on an Inspiron 6000 running 7-CURRENT, but
>> the same problems occur with 6.0: if I enable ACPI, timing goes to
>> hell, and some things just time out. There was a similar message a
>> couple of days ago from an owner of (I think) the latest Latitude
>> machine, which sounded even worse. My requests for feedback about how
>> to solve the problem have so far not been resolved. If you're
>> otherwise tending towards Dell, I'd suggest you watch this space until
>> there's some indication that the problems will be resolved.
>> Nothing of this says that ThinkPads will do better, of course. I
>> don't know what the situation is there.
> Which scheduler are you using? Also, have you tried disabling apic?
> I had these same troubles, and worked around them, but I can't recall
> the exact trick - I seem to recall disabling apic and/or using 4BSD
Kindness can be infectious - try it.
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