Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) on Dell Vostro 1500 laptop

I know, I know, this post might seem a little dated already, considering the release of Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) is imminent. My fault .. I sort of … um .. just forgot to press publish about four months ago … 😛

I’ve previously documented my experiences with installing Ubuntu 7.10, and then an upgrade to 8.04, on my Dell Vostro 1500 notebook computer. Now … a fresh install of Ubuntu 9.04. Here’s the lowdown.

What works, executive summary:

3D graphics (Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT) – yes (just turn on the proprietary driver in Administration->Hardware Drivers for better 3D performance)

Sound output (Intel 82801H HDA controller, ICH8 chipset) – yes (no config required)

Sound input (mic, line-in) –untested

Wired network –yes

Wireless network –yes – (including painless Ad-Hoc wireless connections !)

Firewire (IEEE1394) –yes, probably (well, actually untested in 9.04 but I assume it still works, with the text file config documented in previous posts)

SD card slot –yes

Integrated webcam (optional) –yes (works with “Cheese” in Gnome)

Touchpad pointing device –yes

External VGA (D-bus) video port – yes (just toggle with Fn-F8)

PCI Express slot –untested

Sound in – untested.

(unless explicitly stated, all the stuff with a ‘yes’ “just-worked”, without any need for text file editing or commandline kungfu)

The first version of Ubuntu I installed on the Dell Vostro 1500 was Ubuntu 7.10, back in late 2007 when this model was a brand spanking new on Dells product list. My experience with 7.10 was okay, but several configuration tweaks were required to get everything working properly. How things have changed in two years ! In Ubuntu 9.04, no sound config was required for audio playback. The Network Manager in 9.04 now supports Wireless Ad-Hoc mode without any commandline magic. The Nvidia proprietary graphics drivers can be enabled with two clicks of the mouse. Attaching an external screen works without a hitch. Ubuntu even prompts you to use the NVIDIA native screen resolution app, which will detect both screens. Both Suspend and Hibernate seem to be working without issue.

What can I say. Best. Ubuntu. Ever. 🙂

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