How do Dell-Notebooks work with FreeBSD (video/audio/wlan)?
Anish Babu Pillai
anishbabu.pillai at gmail.com
Sun Nov 28 21:11:00 PST 2004
I have an entry level Dell Inspiron 1150. One thing I can vouch for is
reliability. These guys are good. As for LCD display quality, the
specifications are a good indicator.
Component quality is good - Dells are cheaper because of the company's
inventory management and manufacturing process, not because of an
compromise with quality.
Entry level machines have sound cards onboard, and as such, the mic
input is average/soundblaster compatible. High end models with
TurtleBeach soundboards used to be around. I am not sure about
Auxillary input sockets on notebooks. Perhaps the higher end models
have them - you can make a free (depending on which country you're in)
enquiry call to Dell and confirm.
Many cheers and good luck.
Anish Babu Pillai
"...We are not human beings in an occassional spiritual
experience....we are spiritual beings in the occassional human
On Sun, 28 Nov 2004 17:03:50 +0100, Paul Kaletta <paul at ewido.net> wrote:
> I think that I'll buy a Laptop soon. I haven't made up my mind yet, but
> I think that I might buy a Dell, since they're so cheap and I haven't
> heard many bad things. Those Notebooks come with Windows preinstalled,
> but I'd like to run FreeBSD if it's possible.
> Has anyone any experience with them?
> Is all of the build-in hardware supported? What about accelerated video?
> There is some choice about different displays, and some of them have
> very very high resolutions like 1600x1200 on a 15"-screen. Is such a
> display usable under X?
> And another very important question:
> I wanted to play around with audio-software, so how good is the build-in
> Especially I would like to know whether Dell-Notebooks have
> an line-in, since I'm not certain from the descriptions on the web-site.
> Also: is the audio-output very noisy or can I use the line in for any
> recordings? (I don't need very high quality, but I'd like to record
> myself playing guitar and use that as background-music for
> If it's not feasible to use the build-in hardware, can I use external
> audio-hardware with FreeBSD? Like pc-card or USB soundcards?
> I'm not entirely sure, but I think that the wlan hardware kinda works,
> even if I have to use ndisulator, right? Is there any hope that I don't
> have use it one day?
> Sorry that I asked so many questions in one mail, but they really only
> concern Dell-Notebooks, so someone who has a recent model could probably
> give me some hints.
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