Dell OptiPlex GX270 (Modern)
This is a desktop machine with modem access, a flat screen (with 4 USB
sockets), and a USB mouse.
Base install was with the beta Debian Installer (12 Nov 2003), which
was under development for the next stable release of Debian. A
partition of 9GB was used for /, 65GB from /home and
5GB for swap.
With a HP PS2210 all-in-one printer connected through USB the
machine's BIOS (A02) stops for about 5 minutes trying to boot from the
printer (presumably because it has a card reader and is being seen as
a mass storage device from which it might be able to boot--but
without a memory card inserted). This can be turned off by entering
BIOS setup (F2 at boot), choosing Integrated Device (LegacySelect
Options) and changing the USB Emulation to No Boot.
With xfree86 4.3.0 multiple virtual terminals are not (always)
supported for the intel 865G graphics card. With
multiple virtual terminals are
just fine. With kernel-image-2.4.23-1-686, starting a
second X server freezes the system with a black screen. There have
been problems with switching virtual terminals in that there is a 30
second delay after switching. There is also a 30 second delay on start
up. Clearly something is timing out, and the suspicion is that it is
something to do with USB. When hotplug
was installed and
the module usb-uhci was removed from /etc/modules
the delay disappeared. Moved to
kernel-image-2.4.25-1-686-smp, with smp supporting the
hyperthreading CPU that makes it appear as two CPUs.
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