I recently acquired a Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop (the one I had set up with VL6 Standard a year ago for my grandson; he got a new Windows 7 laptop for Christmas and Linux, alas, has lost a user). When I got the laptop a couple of weeks ago, it had a 20 gig hard drive and 256 megs of RAM. I put in a 128-gig hard drive here that I had removed from a dead laptop and I bought a gig of RAM to replace the 256 megs, leaving me with a nice machine on which I've installed VL6 Light. It's running great and should meet my laptop needs for quite a while. I do have a few problems, though.
I upgraded the kernel to 220.127.116.11 and everything is working fine except for some problems with video. The computer has a chip for Intel Corporation 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device (rev 03). I start in text mode and things generally work fine. However, when I exit X and return to text mode I usually lose seeing anything on the screen, which is just black. Sometimes the computer is hung; other times it will receive commands but I can't see anything on screen. If I open a text terminal under X everything is okay. It's just when I exit from X that the black screen/no text problem happens. So if I exit IceWM and choose to shut down, I don't see anything on screen from that point, although the computer shuts down properly.
This is the driver section in xorg.conf:
VendorName "Intel Corporation"
BoardName "82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device"
Is there a driver that would be better suited than the plain intel driver? I installed the latest kernel available in the VL repo because I may add USB wireless and I want the improved support built into later kernels.