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Linux on the M11x

Discussion in 'Alienware M11x' started by soleblaze, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. soleblaze

    soleblaze Notebook Consultant

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    Hey, cool the threads been resurected.

    DR650SE,

    Do you have the nvidia drivers installed? If so, ubuntu will try to use those when it really should be using the intel drivers..causing the black screen.

    fnord,

    Have you had any issues with the clock changing in arch? Also are you dualbooting with win7? Every time I reboot my machine the clock changes..kind of annoying. (It's usually 6 hours behind..it does it even when I reboot from Linux to Linux and not from Linux to Window)
     
  2. CobraJet

    CobraJet Notebook Enthusiast

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    I recently installed Ubuntu 10.04 via Wubi and I can't seem to get the darn nvidia driver to work. It downloads and updates fine but upon reboot it loses the display. I am guessing it is because both the intel and nvidia cards are on? I can recover the original graphic settings and then it shows the nvida driver but if I try to restart the nvida xserver and reboot it still black screens. Any help would be appreciated...
     
  3. soleblaze

    soleblaze Notebook Consultant

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    If you want to use nvidia then you'll need to turn the graphics mode in bios to discrete. When it's on switchable it'll just use the intel.
     
  4. anand00x

    anand00x Notebook Evangelist

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  5. fnord0

    fnord0 Notebook Guru

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    yes I dual boot arch and win7 x64. and to tell ya the truth, I think I did have an issue with time quite a while back, but then I followed this HOWTO and everything has been gravy since.

    so currently I'm using the following ::
    Code:
    > grep ^HARDWARECLOCK /etc/rc.conf
    HARDWARECLOCK="localtime"
    
    > grep ^TIMEZONE /etc/rc.conf
    TIMEZONE="America/Los_Angeles"
    
    and if ya really wanna get nerdy, setup NTP :D
    hope this helps, best of luck.

    anand00x, looking pretty slick - good job
     
  6. anand00x

    anand00x Notebook Evangelist

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    I have windows 7 x64 installed on my C partition and I have a separate partition that was unformatted. I installed Ubuntu 10.04 on this partition and put no bootloader on advanced options during installation. This is the third time I am installing Ubuntu. I keep having trouble with Grub it will work sometimes and then once in a while after my bios screen my computer will be stuck in an infinite loop it wont load into grub for me to choose my OS and I have to reinstall everything. Really gets annoying. So this time I just installed W7 x64 on my C drive and left my other partition unformatted without a drive letter. I installed Ubuntu 10.04 on the largest free space available without bootloader. I figured when I loaded into windows I could use Easy BCD to install a linux boot option into the Easy BCD menu. I did this and nothing works. I even tried this method from LIMNEOS:
    Windows 7 after a clean install, it creates a small 200MB hidden partition to store the BCD store database. (similar files to boot.ini). This is where the bootloader is stored.
    This partition is currently invisible to you, so even if you added a linux boot entry in EasyBCD, easybcd thinks that it has written the files to the partition where the bootloader is, but it actually can't write there cause it's hidden (no drive letter given). To fix that, open Disk Management, assign a drive letter to your hidden small partition (200MB of size must be), and then add a linux boot entry from EASYBCD again. This time it should work and you should be able to dual boot.

    Still does not work. I can load into windows from the EASY BCD boot menu but I cant load into Ubuntu. It is installed but I can’t access it. Any tips?

    [​IMG]
     
  7. f4ding

    f4ding Laptop Owner

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    What's wrong with create 3 partitions, 1 by Windows 7 (100 or 200 MB) for the boot loader, then the Windows 7 partitions, then Ubuntu partitions? Next install Windows 7, then Ubuntu, and install Grub on that 100/200MB partition? That doesn't work?
     
  8. moe67er

    moe67er Newbie

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  9. f4ding

    f4ding Laptop Owner

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    Well, if you want to experiment, go ahead. Somebody has to do it. But if you want it to work, I suggest just install grub 1. I know Lucid Lynx default to grub 1.

    If you want to experiment, just remember, a few years back, grub 1 was like this too. A lot of mess. At the time lilo was the choice when people talk about boot manager. Now grub is very mature. I don't know what's wrong with grub 1 that people create grub 2, but it seems like if you want things to just work, especially if you're trying out linux, I suggest you try grub 1.
     
  10. anand00x

    anand00x Notebook Evangelist

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    Fixed the issue:
    [​IMG]
     
  11. moe67er

    moe67er Newbie

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    How did you fix it?

    EDIT:
    Sorry, it seems as if the pics were blocked in the company...my question is obsolete so far...
     
  12. vorob

    vorob Notebook Deity

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    Guys what's the news on having switch between intel and nvidia on m11x?
     
  13. anand00x

    anand00x Notebook Evangelist

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    What is the minimum amount of space recommended for an umbuntu 10.04 partition? I have 14GB left on my SSD windows 7 partition. I can shrink my drive what is the minimum amount of space I can sacrifice while still leaving some space on my windows 7 partition? I was also going to dedicate 1GB to the SWAP partition. Thanks
     
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    anand00x Notebook Evangelist

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    cheers have you done the switchable graphics yet?
     
  17. vorob

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    Nope, i've just posted article, and now waiting for proper manual :) Don't wanna mess with this stuff :p
     
  18. anand00x

    anand00x Notebook Evangelist

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    5GB of space is enough. I still have 1GB free with everything I want installed and I can access my music and videos from my w7 partition so I am good to go.
     
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    fnord0 Notebook Guru

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    just gave a go at linux kernel 2.6.34 (stable) on the m11x using arch linux... this go around, I can read /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch
    Code:
    [root@spaceface ~]# mount -t debugfs none /sys/kernel/debug
    [root@spaceface ~]# cd /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo
    [root@spaceface vgaswitcheroo]# cat switch
    0: :Pwr:0000:01:00.0
    1:+:Pwr:0000:00:02.0
    but we still are unable to switch from intergrated => discrete, nor does the capability to turn-off the discrete card work while using the integrated. looks like vgaswitcheroo still has a ways to go for it to work on m11x. one can issue the command to tell it to switch to discrete but the system will not do anything (even after a full logout/login), upon issuing further commands I get random responses of it continuing to do nothing, full on system locks, or a kernel dump. =(
     
  20. m2b999

    m2b999 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Guys,

    Do you have any idea how to let the speakers work?

    I was able to let Alsa Mixer to enable my headphones jacks and lead them to work, but not the speakers.

    Please let me know ASAP and thanks in advance. :D
     

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