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Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and Dell 700M
So "netbook's" seem all the rage these days, so i thought i would dust off my old Dell 700m, it's not quite as small as a current netbook, but it is nice and tiny.
My plans include putting in a nice little 32GB SSD drive, and upgrading the processor to a 2.10Ghz when they are ~20 (no rush, not a big difference in speed over the current 1.8Ghz Pentium M)
Anyway.. i installed Ubuntu on it, and it's been nice for surfing and basic tasks... but ran into a problem of it not shuting down properly. More like X was crashing...
There are a number of tricks out there to try and fix it, this one seems to make it happen less than any others.
First i shut off the splash screen's (edit /boot/grub/menu.lst)
then, in /etc/X11/xorg.conf, change:
Section "Device" Identifier "Configured Video Device" Driver "intel" EndSection to Section "Device" Identifier "Configured Video Device" Driver "intel" Option "ForceEnablePipeA" "true" EndSection
it seems to make it better... we'll see!
EDIT: I'm including this link, as it has other options that might help on other hardware.