5.4 on a Dell D800

Wayne Witzke wwitzke at sstire.com
Thu Oct 13 07:05:52 PDT 2005

Bob Middaugh wrote:
> On Behalf Of Wayne Witzke
>>Ugo Bellavance wrote:
>>>    I tried installing 5.4 on my Dell D800 laptop.  After the
> first 
>>>boot, my keyboard stopped working.  I don't know what to do 
>>from now 
>>>or if it is even worth the effort.  Should I try 6.0RC?
>>I have 5.4 installed on a 2 year old Dell D800 laptop and so 
>>far everything works perfectly except for my CDROM (which I'm 
>>beginning to think is failing anyway).
> Hi Wayne, can you post your kernel config file, or tell us what
> devices you're using for sound and the wireless nic?  My wireless nic
> is an Intel 2200BG, I don't know if they're the same for all D800's,
> mine is only about a year old.  Thanks,
> Bob

Well, my wireless nic is a DELL TrueMobile 1300 (it's a rebranded 
Broadcom card, I think), and the audio is a SigmaTel STAC9750/51 AC97 
Codec.  At least, that's what dmesg is telling me about my sound card, 
and since I'm listening to music right now I can only assume it's right.

In order to get the audio working, I had to add the following line to 


My wireless nic is an 802.11b/g card, and in order to get it to work, I 
had to go the Project Evil route.


That gets the device up and running, but you also have to figure out 
what your ssid is and set that using ifconfig for ndis0.

But, heh, but doing a quick search to find out where to specify ssid in 
configuration options to make it pick that up automatically on boot, I 
ran across this:


I get the impression that you might want to try this first.  It looks 
like it might be a bit more specific to your hardware.

Hope this helps!


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