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  1. #41
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Hi everyone,

    I got my v131 a few days ago and I just wanted to provide you guys with some feedback as well.

    My configuration:
    processor: i5 2450M @ 2.50 GHz
    RAM: 6 GB
    Disk: 500 GB
    Standard battery.
    WIth backlit keyboard and gestures on the touchpad.

    * I wiped the whole disk and made a fresh Oneiric install, with encrypted partitions. Everything worked out of the box as I expected. As was mentioned in the previous post, one of the first things I did was to configure grub to use rc6. I can get up to 6 hours of battery life.

    * Suspend and hibernate never failed.

    * I modified in /etc/default/grub:
    Code:
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
    to:
    Code:
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash pcie_aspm=force i915.i915_enable_rc6=1"
    in case you want to try something similar. I had only 3 hours of battery life before doing it. I now get ~ 6 hours.

    * For me, it is a very quiet laptop. The fan gets loud in a few occasions if I do something that is resource intensive.

    * Amazing keyboard, super comfortable I have to say. The gestures on the touchpad are not smooth, but I understand that this is a software issue, not sue to the hardware.

    * Tried Precise Beta2, Fedora 17 Alpha and everything seems to work as well, out of the box.

    Overall, a great experience. Worth every penny.

    Cheers!
    Santiago

  2. #42
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Hello all, I'm new to the forum.

    I have a Dell Vostro V131, with Core i3 230 and 2GB of RAM.
    I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 Beta and I am having issues with the poor battery life and some overheating.

    I left my laptop updating all night long and in the morning I still noticed that it was hot and with the fan running. My battery is lasting 2 hours (versus 8h in Win 7).

    Can please someone help me? I'm new at Linux and would love to keep Ubuntu with my Dell.

    Best for all,
    FRandu

  3. #43
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Hi Frandu,

    I am surprised that you get such a limited battery life using 12.04 beta...

    You could try to use rc6 in grub (to see if your battery life increases) as follows:

    1) Open a terminal (Control + Alt + t)

    2) Type:
    sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
    and then enter your password.

    3) A text file will open. Change the line that says: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
    to: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash pcie_aspm=force i915.i915_enable_rc6=1"
    You SHOULD include the quotation marks that I wrote!

    4) Save the file and close it.

    5) Again in the terminal, type: sudo update-grub

    6) Reboot your computer, and hope that it works

  4. #44
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Hello Santibastista,

    thank you for the tip, but unfortunately no lucky for me. The fan is always on and the battery is dying very quickly.

    So sad... Anyone can share the experiences with this laptop?

    Best,
    Frandu

  5. #45
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Hi there,

    Today I made another experiment and tried Ubuntu 11.10 32-bit from the following link:
    http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/...re/201105-8049

    It's certified for my laptop and altough my battery is not that great, it stills performs well and the lappy is not overheating.

    If somebody run into an issue like mine, give it a try. So far, so good.

    A happy Ubuntu's user,
    Frandu

  6. #46
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Any advice on how to enable the fingerprint reader, for login or security?
    Anyone see any facial recognition software they would recommend?

    And the latest UBUNTU upgrade, Ocelot? seems to fail authentication.
    Any suggestions? Have found the upgrade runs from Terminal mode. Apparently the distributed upgrade tries to execute from the wrong directory. (subload)

    Please excuse dumb questions, Am very unfamiliar with LINUX.
    Last edited by subload; April 18th, 2012 at 04:06 PM.

  7. #47
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Hello Subload,

    AFAIK, thereś no solution for the fingerprint reader... What intrigues me is that in some countries the Dell Vostro V131 is sold with Ubuntu pre-installed, so the buyers simply get a fingerprint that does not work by factory....

    Best

  8. #48
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Frandu, thanks!
    Yes I have the FPrint reader hardware on the V131, and there is even a FPrint demo app I downloaded.
    And Ubuntu has instructions for enabling a reader which I cannot follow. (https://help.ubuntu.com/11.04/ubuntu...ngerprint.html) all very frustrating.
    Does Dell answer questions? I'm still under warranty, but they don't seem to answer the phone.

  9. #49
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Oneric Ocelot 11.10 fails authentication.
    I have a good, and fast connection.
    Any suggestions?

  10. #50
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Sorry Subload.
    I have no idea of what's going on with Oneiric...

    But tell us about your experience in general with Ubuntu. How's the performance going? Battery? So far, so good?

    Thank you.

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