DellLatitudeD430

Current Issues

  • strange (ticktack) noises from the harddrive (see notes)(I did not have this problem on Gutsy or Hardy - Hirvinen)

System Info

Dell Inc. Latitude D430 System-Version not Specified


  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU U7600 @ 1.20GHz
  • Display: 1280x800

ClaasTeichmann: I installed Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) using the alternate-CD, then I upgraded to Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) via the upgrade-manager.


Hirvinen: I installed Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) using UNetbootin, since I did not have an optical drive. This worked fine for me, but note that this is an unsupported method. At least back up your data. See Installation. I then upgraded to Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron).


Kogen: I installed Ubuntu 8.04 using the desktop-CD. Everything is working fine.

Hardware details

Screen & Monitors

Device

Works?

Bug #

in Gutsy

in Hardy (current development)

Screen

yes

Yes

Correct resolution?

yes (see notes)

Yes

Correct refresh rate?

yes

Yes

3D Acceleration

yes

Yes

External monitor works?

yes

Yes

External monitor - mirrors

yes

Yes

External monitor - extend desktop

Untested

Untested

Power Management

Battery detected?

yes

Yes

Hibernates?

yes

Yes

Suspend

yes

Yes

Dim monitor on battery

yes

Yes

Blank monitor on inactivity

yes

Yes

Lid Close

Untested

Yes

Cpu frequency scaling

yes

Yes

Sound

Sound works?

yes

Yes

Correct volume?

yes

Yes

Hardware volume switch

N/A

N/A

Headphone jack

yes

Yes

Mic jack

yes

Yes

Networking

Wired NIC

yes

Yes

Wireless NIC

Untested

Yes

PCMCIA NIC

Untested

Untested

Firewire

Untested

Untested

Bluetooth

Untested

Partial (See notes)

Modem

Untested

Untested

Infrared

Untested

Untested

Touchpad & Mice

Touchpad

yes

Partial (See notes)

Touchpad - Doubletap = double click

yes

Yes

Touchpad - Scroll down side

yes

Yes

External mouse - USB

yes

Yes

External mouse - Serial

N/A

N/A

Docking Station/Port Replicator

AC through replicator

Untested

Yes

USB

Untested

Yes

Serial

Untested

Untested

Parallel

Untested

Untested

External Monitor - VGA

Untested

Yes

External Monitor - DVI

Untested

Yes

Modem

Untested

Untested

NIC

Untested

Yes

PS/2

Untested

Untested

Additional Hardware

Fingerprint reader

Untested

Yes (See notes)

CD/DVD drive

yes

Yes (USB)

PCMCIA cards

Untested

Yes

Parallel Ports

N/A

N/A

Card reader(s)

yes

Yes (See notes)

Function and other keys

Fn key

Operation

Keycode

Works?

Bug #

in Gutsy

in Hardy (current development)

+ F1

Sleep

Untested

Yes

+ F3

Power Management

Untested

No

+ F4

Num Lk

yes

Yes

+ F5

Scroll Lk

Untested

Yes

+ F7

?

Untested

Untested

+ F8

CRT/LCD

Untested

Untested

+ F11

Prnt Scrn/SysRq

Untested

Yes

+ F12

Pause/Break

Untested

Yes

Other special keys

Key

Operation

Keycode

Works?

Bug #

in Gutsy

in Hardy (current development)

Fn + Pg-Up

Volume up

yes

Yes

Fn + Pg-Down

Volume down

yes

Yes

Fn + End

Mute

yes

Yes

Fn + Up

increase brightness

yes

Yes

Fn + Down

decrease brightness

yes

Yes

Fn + Left

auto brightness

yes

Yes (See notes)

Notes

Resolution

  • After the installation the resolution seems to be correct although System/Preferences/Screen Resolution shows 1200x1024 instead of 1280x800. This can be corrected via displayconfig-gtk

Harddrive

  • Noises originating from the harddrive seem to be originating from a problem with the power-saving settings of the harddisk. The problem is discussed here (bug 59695) and here (bug 104535)

  • I used the following work-around taken from here (bug 59695):

    1. make a file named "99-hdd-spin-fix.sh". The important thing is starting with "99".
    2. make sure the file contains the following 2 lines:
      hdparm -B 255 /dev/sda
    3. copy this file to 3 locations:
      /etc/acpi/suspend.d/
      /etc/acpi/resume.d/
      /etc/acpi/start.d/

Touchpad

This is not a synaptics touchpad, so the nice utilities for configuring those don't work. So far I haven't been able to disable the bit too sensitive tap-to-click feature or turn this completely off. Will post here if I find a solution.

Bluetooth

According to Dell's driver downloads page D430 has a Dell 360 bluetooth module. I got it to work partially by installing the newest Windows driver (on Windows) from Dell's support page. (workaround discovered thanks to http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=572335 ) The bluetooth device disappears on suspend-to-ram though.

Card reader

The card reader works now(2008-03-29) without having to do anything extra. A month ago it was necessary to issue command "sudo modprobe sdhci" before it would work.

Fingerprint reader

To use biometric authentication install and configure ThinkFinger.


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