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Author Topic: dell latitude D400  (Read 3722 times)

overthere

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dell latitude D400
« on: December 18, 2013, 02:06:33 am »

I acquired a dell latitude D400 laptop with a gig of ram and the external usb cd/dvd drive etc.

This is a Non-pae device which I did not know. I spent a day well into night installing non pae distros like mint13, xubuntu lts, solydx, puppy retro, etc but nothing would work out of the box.

although I already have Vector7 light on a laptop I decided to give it a go and finally something that would detect the internal wireless and sound plus both mice. would shut down properly, installs apps with dependencies and basically just works

although the volume rocker does not work, a small price to pay I guess. solydx was the only one that used the volume rocker but did not detect the wireless.

Finally a usefull recycle thanks to Vector7, however this may be short lived as I expect future versions will use a pae kernal as is 7.1 b to adapt to more modern devices with more than 4 gig ram.

regardless this dell D400 lives again thanks to vector7.

Cheers
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Re: dell latitude D400
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2013, 05:25:38 am »

cool...
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Re: dell latitude D400
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2013, 07:46:04 am »

don't expect dell can work longer without repairs. ..a cina made crap from amoi city@fukian
just can't figure why initially those yankee could put assembling line there.
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Re: dell latitude D400
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2013, 01:04:48 pm »

Considering the D400 series was released 10 years ago, I'd say it was doing pretty good.

Stop being a troll.
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Re: dell latitude D400
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2013, 02:31:03 pm »

Always nice to hear success stories.  :)

You may be able to get the volume control to work. In a terminal, enter "xev", and watch the output when you operate the switch. If it triggers an event you should be able to map it to an action.
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Re: dell latitude D400
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2013, 04:47:15 pm »

The buttons are functional and appear to trigger the increase and decrease event. However I do not know how to map the events to the action. but willing to give it a go.

xev in terminal
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KeyPress event, serial 41, synthetic NO, window 0x2000001,
    root 0x9c, subw 0x0, time 1702679, (-481,57), root:(362,348),
    state 0x0, keycode 121 (keysym 0x1008ff12, XF86AudioMute), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XmbLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XFilterEvent returns: False

KeyRelease event, serial 41, synthetic NO, window 0x2000001,
    root 0x9c, subw 0x0, time 1702873, (-481,57), root:(362,348),
    state 0x0, keycode 121 (keysym 0x1008ff12, XF86AudioMute), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XFilterEvent returns: False

KeyPress event, serial 41, synthetic NO, window 0x2000001,
    root 0x9c, subw 0x0, time 1704172, (-482,57), root:(361,348),
    state 0x0, keycode 121 (keysym 0x1008ff12, XF86AudioMute), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XmbLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XFilterEvent returns: False

KeyRelease event, serial 41, synthetic NO, window 0x2000001,
    root 0x9c, subw 0x0, time 1704356, (-482,57), root:(361,348),
    state 0x0, keycode 121 (keysym 0x1008ff12, XF86AudioMute), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XFilterEvent returns: False

KeyPress event, serial 41, synthetic NO, window 0x2000001,
    root 0x9c, subw 0x0, time 1706596, (-482,57), root:(361,348),
    state 0x0, keycode 123 (keysym 0x1008ff13, XF86AudioRaiseVolume), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XmbLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XFilterEvent returns: False

KeyRelease event, serial 41, synthetic NO, window 0x2000001,
    root 0x9c, subw 0x0, time 1706915, (-482,57), root:(361,348),
    state 0x0, keycode 123 (keysym 0x1008ff13, XF86AudioRaiseVolume), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XFilterEvent returns: False

KeyPress event, serial 41, synthetic NO, window 0x2000001,
    root 0x9c, subw 0x0, time 1708391, (-482,57), root:(361,348),
    state 0x0, keycode 122 (keysym 0x1008ff11, XF86AudioLowerVolume), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XmbLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XFilterEvent returns: False

KeyRelease event, serial 41, synthetic NO, window 0x2000001,
    root 0x9c, subw 0x0, time 1708788, (-482,57), root:(361,348),
    state 0x0, keycode 122 (keysym 0x1008ff11, XF86AudioLowerVolume), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XFilterEvent returns: False
« Last Edit: December 18, 2013, 04:50:11 pm by overthere »
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Re: dell latitude D400
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2013, 05:27:25 pm »

Never done this myself, just what I found from a quick look.

http://www.howtoforge.com/linux_multimedia_keyboard
su root -c 'slapt-get --install xbindkeys'
man xbindkeys
man amixer

Not that you need or want the tutelage, but it's faster than prose and I gtg. Luck!
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Re: dell latitude D400
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2013, 06:18:50 pm »

Next step may depend on the desktop environment or window manager in use. For instance, in IceWM you would edit the file ~/.icewm/keys.
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Re: dell latitude D400
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2013, 06:44:40 pm »

roarde...thanks for the info
nightflier..I am using v7light with the default lxde.
As for tutelage I can use all the help I can get...the more I learn I find how little I really know. :)
« Last Edit: December 18, 2013, 07:09:27 pm by overthere »
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Re: dell latitude D400
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2013, 01:09:29 am »

Guys...Now thats a silver platter

effortless, I'm a little speechless..I Was searching but..

How about.. Thank You very much I sincerely appreciate it.
« Last Edit: December 19, 2013, 01:51:19 am by overthere »
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