Linux on a Dell Latitude XPi P75D laptop

Linux on a Dell Latitude XPi P75D laptop

Post by Steve Lint » Fri, 27 Oct 1995 04:00:00

>I'm trying to install Linux 1.2.13 (Slackware 3.0) on a Dell Latitude XPi
>P75D (dual-scan) laptop.  After several failed attempts, I finally installed
>but am still having a reoccurring display problem:  my display will go berzerk
>after about 15 minutes and will range from displaying no text at all (though
>text I type in is accepted by the OS), to wrapping text that begins in the
>middle of the screen.  If I power the machine down and let it rest for 30
>minutes, things work fine again for another 15 minutes or so.  Even after the
>screen goes berzerk in Linux, I can warm boot it to DOS from which the problem
>never appears.  Has anyone seen this problem or successfully installed Linux on
>this laptop?

That's VERY interesting. I have a sort of converse problem with 1.2.8
on the same hardware. When I cold-boot my system the console display
is messed up. I blind-type my way into X or an SVGALIB application,
run that for 15 minutes or so and when I come out, I may have to do
setfont, but after that evrything is fine. When I soft boot from DOS,
reboot linux, or even power-on reset the system, when it is physically
warm, it runs perfectly.

For me this is no more than a nuisance, but I'd like to know what is causing it.

        Steve Linton

PS to run X you have to pretend that the video chip set is clgd5428, since the 7543 is not supported yet.


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