Configuring Fedora on Dell Latitude D410 Laptop
Here are some notes from my installation and usage of Fedora Core 4 on a Dell Latitude D410 laptop.
My Dell Latitude D410 laptop already had Windows XP Professional installed on one partition, and a second partition was already created (when ordered through Dell).
The installation from CD performed smoothly except for one hiccup (described shortly). The options I chose included:
- The monitor automatically selected was a generic one. I left it as that and after install on first boot the setup asked me to choose a monitor: Dell 1024x768 Laptop Display Panel.
- I choose some simple partitioning (using Disk Druid) of the hard drive: /boot (100Mb); swap (1.5Gb); the laptop has 1Gb RAM); / (6Gb); and /share a vfat partition of about 7Gb (or left over space) - this partition is for sharing files with Windows XP (later I describe how to get Linux reading NTFS files in the Windows partition).
- Custom package selection, where I chose all those of interest to me.
Once package selection was complete and the install process started and error immediately arose. Something about partitioning I think - the only option is to reboot. After checking quickly on the web about this it turns out that after the reboot, I just followed the same setup steps (bit annoying) and edited the partitions (changing them back to those as indicated above) and proceeded. This time it works!
All installed well, and upon startup you are prompted to do some final configuration and then you are up and running.
The laptop has a Intel Pro Wireless 2915ABG mini-PCI card built in. To enable wireless the ipw2200 driver was used. Although it took me a while to get it setup, it turned out that the wireless LAN was actually working most of the time (it just gave errors when trying to configure the eth1 interface). These are the basic steps for configuring:
- Download the latest ipw2200 drivers and firmware from the ipw2200 site. I used
ipw2200-fw-2.3.tgz. Make sure the firmware matches the drivers - the web site explains which versions are appropriate.
root, unpack, make and intall the drivers:
tar xzvf ipw2200-1.0.4.tgz
- The drivers were installed in the
- Unzip the firmware and copy to firmware directory:
tar xzvf ipw2200-fw-2.3.tgz
cp *fw-2.3* /lib/firmware
- Reboot the computer.
- You may get an error on boot that eth1 cannot be configured (e.g. error with wireless request (set bit rate) and then check if cable connected). Ignore these errors.
- Configure your wireless card (assuming your wireless LAN essid is 'example' and channel is '1':
iwconfigshould list your interface (e.g. eth1) as being IEEE802.11
iwlist scanto see what APs are available. Yours should be seen.
iwconfig eth1 essid example channel 1to set the network and channel
dhclient eth1to run DHCP to obtain a network address.
- You should now be configured. Try to ping another computer or access the Internet.
In order to access (read) NTFS files on the Windows partition, I followed the instructions from the Linux-NTFS project.
- Download the kernel-ntfs RPM
- Login as root.
rpm -ihv kernel-module-ntfs-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4-2.1.22-0.rr.6.0.i686.rpm
/sbin/fdisk -lto see which device Windows is on (
/dev/hda2in my case)
mount /dev/hda2 /mnt/windows -t ntfs -r -o umask=0222
ls -l /mnt/windows
- Setup Linux to automatically mount the NTFS partition by editing the
/etc/fstabfile, adding the following:
/dev/hda2 /mnt/windows ntfs ro,umask=0222 0 0
Now you should be able to read (and only read, there is a way to write but it is generally unsafe) your Windows drive.
Created on Wed, 18 Jan 2006, 10:57am
Last changed on Sun, 18 Jun 2006, 5:18pm