I finally upgraded my Dell Inspiron 9100 Ubuntu 6.06 LTS system to 7.10 as 7.10 seemed be a stable (in my instance) as 6.06 LTS on the Dell Inspiron 9100. Below are the details (from my personal installation log).
Dell Inspiron 9100 Specification
3.00 GHz P4 processor (Hyperthread)
1024 MB RAM
80GB hard drive
NEC DVD + RW ND-5100A
Mobility Radeon 9600 M10 graphics card
Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse
Microsoft Digital Media Pro Keyboard
Epson Perfection 1200
HP Color Laserjet 2500
AC'97 Audio Controller
I installed Ubuntu 7.10 on the Dell Inspiron 9100. I installed directly off the Alternative CD, in Text Mode. I installed as a dual boot with Windows XP. I created a single "/" partition and a swap 2GB partition. I modified /etc/fstab to prevent WinXP partition being mounted
automatically at boot up.
eth0, 10/100T, used as primary network i/f at time of install.
eth1, Broadcom a/b/g detected. Once installed, Restricted Drivers added and wireless card worked including use of WPA security.
Installed Restricted Drivers for graphics card.
Notes on soundcard. On Inspiron 9100 "Headphones" controls the main speakers & "Master Mono" controls the sub-woofer speaker. Set the Volume Control applet to adjust the "PCM" volume by default so that main & sub-woofer volumes do not need to be altered to control the overall volume.
An Audigy 2ZS Notebook pcmcia soundcard was inserted and seems to have been detected automatically.
Added Foxmark Bookmark Sync addition to Mozilla Firefox by downloading from Firefox web site. Added Macafee SiteAdvisor to Firefox.
The Universe and Multiverse repositories, Hack #60, are already enabled in 7.10.
Installed Canon BJC-8200. Printer automatically detected. Set as default printer using default settings offered by System -> Administration -> Printing. Set server to: show printers shared by other systems; share published printers connected to this system; allow remote administration; allow users to cancel any job.
I could not get the PDF Printer to install correctly.
Installed Epson 1200 U scanner. Xsane automatically detected it and used it.
Hack #40 Prolong Your Battery Life: [After installing the applet, it complained that the hardware did not support the cpu frequency function.] This was resolved by:
sudo chmod +s /usr/bin/cpufreq-selector
sudo modprobe p4_clockmod
sudo apt-get install cpufrequtils
reports information on processor(s).
Also inserted the line "p4_clockmod" at the end of /etc/modules. Selected "on-demand" from list of governors. Rebooted for new governor to take effect.
Hack #69 Protect Your Network with a Firewall. Installed iptables, fwbuilder and rcs. Created a firewall rules set called "self" using the local host rules. Implimented as described using rc.local:-
sudo apt-get install iptables ssh
sudo apt-get install fwbuilder rcs fwbuilder-doc
Use workstation template to create vanilla firewall, compile and save, exit. Then:
sudo mkdir /etc/firewall
sudo cp tux9100.fw /etc/firewall
Add /etc/firewall/tux9100.fw to end of rc.local, using nano:
sudo nano /etc/rc.local
sudo iptables -L
Although I had installed automatix2 I did not use automatix2 to install mplayer plugin for mozilla as this does not play RealPlayer stream from the BBC. Instead I downloaded and install RealPlayer10GOLD for Linux. Remember to run ./realplay to set up and configure player.
I did not use automatix2 to install Totem-Xine media player. Instead I used command line:
sudo apt-get install totem-xine
I have also installed 7.10 on a Dell Latitude 510 without any problems. The Dell Latitude 510 install even seems to allow the "Normal" visual affects work. The Dell Inspiron 9100 does not allow the visual effects to work at all and must be set to "None".
Thanks to all those who worked on the distribution.
[The Hacks referred to above are from "Ubuntu Hacks", J. Oxer, K. Rankin and B. Childers, O'Reilly 2006.]