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    Dell Sucks, but they made up for it...

    Over a month ago I sent my Latitude D800 in for yet another repair. This time, they somehow managed to lose it!!!

    To make a long story short, they just sent me a brand-new Latitude D820 for my trouble!

    I went from:
    Pentium M 1.4
    512MB RAM
    60GB 5400RPM IDE hard drive
    no wifi
    CD-RW/DVD-ROM

    to:
    Pentium M 2.0 (core Duo)
    2GB RAM
    80GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive
    Intel Pro wifi
    CD/DVD-RW

    Quite an upgrade!!!!

    So, I already booted with Mepis and used QtParted to shrink the C: partitiion to 30GB. Then created a 30GB FAT32 partition for My Docs. Now will be installing Linux on the remaining 20GB.

    Life just works out sometimes!!!
    Last edited by psych-major; 02-21-2007 at 03:00 PM.
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    Wow, thats' a huge memory jump. 2GB for a laptop is a lot.
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    I know, I was shocked when I saw it.

    But I'm not complaining!!!
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    More ram on a laptop can extend battery life - not so much disk activity for swapping, etc.

    With the new laptop did you get a new warranty as well?

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    Sweet, now you just have to watch out for exploding batteries...

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    Denver's not that far from my brother....I'll tell him to watch for mushroom clouds.

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    Ph34r:
    I don't think so, but I should probably login to the support site and enter my service tag and see.

    Cybertron:
    Ironically, I have two non-exploding-type batteries for my old D800 which don't fit this new one, so I'll be calling Dell to further sweeten my deal!

    EnigmaOne:
    Like that new show that's coming out. Can't remember the name of it, though.

    Also, Installed SuSE 9.3 and the video isn't working very well, no wifi and no sound. <Sigh> I guess I'll have to go back to Slackware...
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    Do yourself a favour and make sure that you have updated everything, as the new kernel supports all of that hardware very well, including the wi-fi..
    Feel free to PM me for help

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    I agree. I went with 9.3 because I have had better luck with multimedia, i.e. just downloading the option packs through Yast. I also had much better luck with iSCSI in 9.3.
    but...
    On the D800 I had 10.1, and it worked flawlessly. All hardware, including wireless worked great, and it took about an hour to download and install the missing pieces for multimedia, including DVD's. But I couldn't get OpeniSCSI to work.

    Pre-SuSE, Slackware, though harder to setup, also ran flawlessly.

    I'll probably start by just running online update within 9.3 and see what that accomplishes...
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    Speaking of the warranty:

    System Type: Latitude D820
    Ship Date: 9/13/2006
    Dell IBU: Americas
    Provider Start Date End Date Days Left
    Depot DELL 4/17/2004 4/17/2005 0
    Depot DELL 4/17/2005 4/17/2007 214
    Depot DELL 8/19/2006 8/19/2007 338
    Depot DELL 8/19/2007 8/18/2009 730
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    Quote Originally Posted by leonpmu
    Do yourself a favour and make sure that you have updated everything, as the new kernel supports all of that hardware very well, including the wi-fi..
    I'm a little further down the road, but not quite there. It turns out that I need kernel 2.6.13+ to run the Intel 3495 wifi card.
    OK, so I load the 10.0 DVD and update. No luck.
    Then I load the 10.1 DVD and update, now the ipw3495 module is loaded, and I have the option for WPA-PSK, but I can't connect to my router, the ability to configure the card isn't showing up everywhere it should, and online updates don't work via a LAN connection. So.....tonight I'll be doing a fresh install of 10.1, and I expect it will work by cleaning out the remaining dingleberries of the original 9.3 install. We'll see...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ph34r
    More ram on a laptop can extend battery life - not so much disk activity for swapping, etc.

    With the new laptop did you get a new warranty as well?
    Yes! 3 years from when I got the replacement!
    Last edited by psych-major; 02-22-2007 at 08:15 PM.
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    Sweet! Glad to hear it.
    Where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?
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    Congrats on the upgrade psych-major
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    Quote Originally Posted by bosox79
    Congrats on the upgrade psych-major
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