DELL Optiplex GX280

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!!! Warning! The info contained in this article pertains to older versions of MEPIS !!!

Installing Mepis on a Dell Optiplex GX280:

  1. You'll want to use Mepis 3.4 or greater. I had a lot of trouble using any of the 3.3 versions on the GX280, though after some trouble I did manage to get it to install without full hardware support (no 3d video accelleration and the built-in NIC did not work). With 3.4 everything worked great without a flaw.
  2. The video comes up using the VESA driver, if you want any 3d accelleration you need to fix this. I believe I just did dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg and selected the i810 driver and after restarting X I had a pretty wicked framerate. I also got it going at 1280 x 1024 doing this.
  3. There seems to be a problem with the USB keyboard and mouse; if I shut down and reboot, I have to unplug and replug these devices at the kde login screen for them to work. I've not found a solution to this, but as I only turn off my machine once a month or so, it's not a big deal. FIX: Recompile kernel with USB human interface into the kernel instead of as a module fixes the USB Dell Keyboard problem. Or, ensure your keyboard is plugged in next to the ethernet port and the mouse plugged in under the ethernet port. So, mouse and keyboard will be plugged in to seperate stacks (columns) of USB ports.
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