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Debian and Dell(Linux and Dells don't mix...)


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ke6ziu

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I have a Dell WebPC that I've tried installing Debian on. So far, I have been unable to get the X server up and operational. I've even tried editing the XFree86config dox so that the Debian recognises my devices. I have a usb mouse (Fedora sees it, but debian doesn't...), and usb keyboard. They don't work under X in Debian, but do in Fedora...I've tried using all the help dox within the Debian environment, but no success as of yet. Mind you, I have a command line, but I want to install the GUI. I've also been able to install Fedora Core, but after rebooting, the Linux install gets corrupted, and I'm unable to boot back into Linux. I need a bios update or a better bios overlay app than the Seagate one that I have. Anyone have any ideas?
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What version of Debian are you installing? ( Sarge , Woody . . . )

What boot loader are you using? ( Lilo , Grub . . . )

I donít think that your boot loader will sit nicely with the Seagate software.
The software from Seagate ( called a Dynamic Drive Overlay) usually sits in the
mbr, where lilo or grub sits.

First I would update your bios or use a smaller drive for testing, then go from there.

Edited by cjsewell, 28 April 2005 - 03:09 AM.

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What version of Debian are you installing? ( Sarge , Woody . . . )

What boot loader are you using? ( Lilo , Grub . . . )

I donít think that your boot loader will sit nicely with the Seagate software.
The software from Seagate ( called a Dynamic Drive Overlay) usually sits in the
mbr, where lilo or grub sits.

First I would update your bios or use a smaller drive for testing, then go from there.

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I was using woody, and the boot loader was lilo, that much I remember. But that wasn't the problem. Dell uses an O/S specific bios. Which means that any release of Linux that I install on this Dell will fail. As far as bios updates, I know that this bios is a AMI/Intel project (Intel wrote it, and licensed it to AMI...), and I have yet to locate an update for it. I do, though have a means to flash the bios, but I haven't done that yet. I've tried using the DDO from Seagate, but it didn't take on this machine. I'm kinda at wit's end here. I even went to Dell's user forums for info. The only release of linux to be successful on this box was the woody release of Debian. I just need a newer release (I think they're up to ver 10...). If you have any more info, plmk... :tazz:

Edited by ke6ziu, 28 April 2005 - 08:14 PM.

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