Post Installation Steps for Ubuntu 6.06 on a Dell Inspiron 1300

Here are some steps that I performed after installing Ubuntu 6.06 ("Dapper Drake") on a Dell Inspiron 1300. It might work for you, or it might not. It might work on other distributions and/or other machines, and it might not. This is mostly meant as a note for myself, but if you can make any use of it, feel free to do so.

Enable root password

By default, Ubuntu doesn't have password enabled for the root account. For security reasons you should enable this immediately after installation (this is not specific for Dell computers; should be done on all Ubuntu installations):

sudo passwd root

Enabling extra apt-get repositories

The apt-get repositories that are enabled by default only offer a very limited range of packages. I found that after doing the following, a very wide range of packages are available.

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list and make sure that the following lines are there and that they have no # in front of them:

deb dapper main restricted
deb-src dapper main restricted
deb dapper-updates main restricted
deb-src dapper-updates main restricted
deb dapper universe
deb-src dapper universe
deb dapper-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src dapper-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb dapper-security main restricted
deb-src dapper-security main restricted
deb dapper-security universe
deb-src dapper-security universe
deb dapper multiverse
deb-src dapper multiverse
deb dapper free non-free
deb-src dapper free non-free

Making wireless network card work (to be updated!)

Install this file from (the one including network-manager) Also, using the Synaptic package manager, make sure to install the dependencies of network-manager (the latter is installed by the script above), and network-manager-gnome. Reboot A new icon appears on the tool bar. Use it to configure the wireless network.

The driver for the wireless network card in the Inspiron 1300 doesn't come with a Linux driver, and there is no such to find. Fortunately, the ndiswrapper project makes it possible to use a Windows driver on Linux. They have a great guide on how to make it work on Ubuntu.

Note that the Ubuntu guide tells you to install the drivers as explained in their general installation guide section "Install your Windows drivers". In fact you also need to perform the steps "Load module" and "Running at Startup" in that same general installation guide (linked from the Ubuntu guide).

For easy reference for Inspiron 1300, the PCI ID of the wireless network card in my machine is 14e4:4318. It worked for me with this driver (file bcmwl5.inf). But follow the guide mentioned above anyway, since the card in your Inspiron 1300 might be another one! Here's the lspci output that I got when I followed the guide:

$ lspci
(many irrelevant devices skipped)
0000:02:03.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation: Unknown device 4318 (rev 02)

$ lspci -n
(many irrelevant devices skipped)
0000:02:03.0 0280: 14e4:4318 (rev 02)

Enabling native screen resolution 1280×800

Most likely you will only be able to select 1024×768 (which isn't a widescreen resolution, so things get all distorted) from the Gnome screen resolution utility. Here is what I did to enable the native resolution 1280×800:

Download and install 915resolution, which is a hack to the Intel graphics chip driver that enables widescreen support:

sudo apt-get install 915resolution

Reboot and the system will start up in 1280×800 (or you should be able to select it from the screen resolution utility).

Enabling playback of encrypted DVDs

Perform the following:
sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2
Or, alternatively:
sudo sh /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/examples/

Enabling Bluetooth and GPRS

Use this guide to be able to connect to the Internet through a Bluetooth/GPRS enabled mobile phone (not yet tested!).

Note: This is not a guide to make things work. This is only a description of how I made things work for me.
You may use it as inspiration for how to make things work for you, but I guarantee nothing. I also cannot guarantee that following the above won't render your system unusable.