Damn hardware

And here we are, the first signs of pissing from the laptop.

1. Bluetooth does not work on Ubuntu Feisty. The service loads fine, the drivers load fine, even the gnome-applet loads fine, but nothing works. I can’t be discovered, and I can’t discover anyone (’hcitool inq’ just times out). This is plain weird. I am smelling a firmware issue. I installed bluez-firmware manually, nothing happened. This chipset used in the laptop is the BCM2045 one instead of the BCM2033 chipset that Bluez does provide a firmware for. Update: I fixed it by using this: hciconfig hci0 reset Hopefully Ubuntu will add this to the BT service.
2. No bloody microphone. This makes the laptop completely useless with VoIP because no one likes loading their bags with additional gadgets. And even if you are home, with the laptop on your lap while sitting at the couch, you can’t just hold-on on freaking microphones! How difficult would have been to add a $0.50 onboard mic?
3. The two touchpad buttons are “mushy”. Too easy to press.
4. No Line-in.

Additionally, except the missing webcam it would have been nice to also have a memory stick slot in addition to the SD one, but not a biggie really.

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Moulinneuf wrote on March 14th, 2007 at 3:13 AM PST:

Option on the 640m :

Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy™HD

Dell Bluetooth 2.0 EDR Stereo Headset (w/built-in Mic)


Tom Dison wrote on March 14th, 2007 at 3:13 AM PST:

I fixed it by using this: hciconfig hci0 reset Hopefully Ubuntu will add this to the BT service

You need to write a Tip ‘n Tricks for Linux book.


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Eugenia wrote on March 14th, 2007 at 5:58 AM PST:

lgespee, no, this is not a bug report that would help my situation. The guy in the bug report can actually scan for devices, mine couldn’t. It seems that there is a new bug in the kernel that’s causing the problem — it doesn’t initialize the hardware completely.


Moulinneuf wrote on March 14th, 2007 at 10:50 AM PST:

Just pointing out where I found out Dell put the stuff you mentioned as missing , sorry it don’t fully work , nothing was meant by me listing them.


lgespee wrote on March 14th, 2007 at 11:23 AM PST:

About your bluetooth issue you might want to look here. Maybe it helps you.


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Eugenia wrote on March 14th, 2007 at 6:01 AM PST:

Moulinneuf,
no, I am not interested in the “Integrated Sound Blaster Audigy HD”. While it is of better quality than the standard AC97 sound chipset, it is not as compatible with Linux.

As for the “Dell Bluetooth 2.0 EDR Stereo Headset (w/built-in Mic)”, not only I have 10 of these devices in my lab, but Linux has problem with these. A2DP/AVRCP/HSP/HFP just doesn’t work as well as in Windows.


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