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Re: FC5, Dell Latitude, wireless, and beagle Oh my!

On Wed, 2006-03-22 at 21:51 -0500, Scot L. Harris wrote:
> Installed FC5 on a Dell Latitude CPx laptop yesterday.  Install went
> fairly smoothly.  The only problems encountered was the LCD was not
> identified.  It defaulted to a 800x600 resolution.  Was able to correct
> that later by selecting a higher resolution screen and set it to
> 1024x768.  
> IMHO the package selection screens appeared a little cartoonish.  It
> might be the laptop screen and the default resolution.  Will have to
> compare when I get a chance to install on a desktop system with a better
> monitor and video card.

You probably got the impression from the Icons. The interface probably
needs a facelift.

> It was nice to see that the prism54 drivers were included and the
> wireless card was detected.  The only issue with that was that I had to
> get the firmware copied to the /lib/firmware directory.  After that I
> was able to get the wireless connection up an running.  

Most of the wireless cards firmware doesnt meet the redistribution
guidelines for Fedora and has to be downloaded manually. Rest of the
infrastructure usually works well.

> BTW: the USB flash drive I used to get the firmware transfered to the
> laptop worked well.  Flash drive showed up as expected.  Very nice.
> Today I noticed the CPU getting hit really hard by the beagle process.
> I looked for where this was started but did not find it in the services
> tool.  I did find and entry under System->Search & Indexing that was set
> to start search and indexing services automatically.  I disable this
> option.  I am hoping that disables this beagle task completely.
> Searching through the menus I don't see anything that would allow
> configuration or use of this beagle search service.  Possibly I did not
> install a part of it.  But if it eats CPU cycles as it did I don't think
> this is something I would want to run on this laptop.  Not clear on the
> benefits of using beagle either.  The other thread on this topic did not
> shed much light on that.

Beagle is a automatic indexing and search tool. Sort of like Google
desktop search in Windows or Spotlight in Macs.
http://beaglewiki.org/Main_Page. It is disabled by default in Fedora
Core 5 since it was found to have a nasty memory leak just before the
release. The latest update should fix this. 

> I have also noticed some odd behavior with the mouse pad on the laptop.
> As the pointer is moved sometimes it seems to cause the browser to do a
> back page or raise a window that was minimized.  Have tried adjusting
> the options under the mouse preferences but that has not made any real
> difference.  Did not have this kind of behavior under FC2.  

Probably something to do with metacity focus behavior changes if you are
using GNOME. I havent noticed this myself.

> So far things have worked better than expected, other than the items
> noted.  Good job everyone!

Thank you for the feedback. 


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