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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Fixes for common issues on Linux Mint 12...

System: Dell Studio XPS 16 - 1647
OS: Linux Mint 12 - Lisa 64-bit

Problem 1:
Broadcom BCM43224 (0596) Wifi card not working out of box (bug #873511).

Install driver from Jockey and then edit config file
    $ sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
to blacklist the drivers (for my case I need to blacklist both bcma and brcmsmac) by adding the text below at the end of the file
    blacklist bcma
    blacklist brcmsmac
and then reboot.

Problem 2:
Unable to pair devices, send, receive and browse files via bluetooth.

System update fixed pair devices issue, however sending file only works one way (PC to device). Browsing files in device is still not working (bug #879923).

Problem 3:
No sound from headphone jack.

An old issue since Julia.

Worth to highlight:
  • ATI proprietary driver ver 11.12 performance still sluggish on GNOME 3
  • A nice shell extensions from ppa:webupd8team/gnome3
    • gnome-shell-extensions-pidgin
    • gnome-shell-extensions-workspace-indicator
  • AWN works great on GNOME 3

Friday, December 2, 2011

My Linux Mint 12 hiccup experienced...

Laptop Model: Dell Studio XPS 16 - 1647

1) Issues when using ATI proprietary FGLRX driver (via Additional Drivers or manual download)
  • Sluggish performance on windows movement and mode switching between desktop and activity
  • Windows 7 guest OS under VMWare with Aero effect enable crashed even when I'm not using a fullscreen mode

2) No sound from headphone jack (old issue since Julia)

3) Unable to pair, send file and browse other devices via bluetooth

4) Broadcom STA wireless driver not working, tried solutions found on forums yet I'm still stuck with it (working fine on Julia and openSUSE 12.1)

At the end of the day, I've revert back to Julia with ATI proprietary FGLRX driver version 10.10. A combination that works perfectly for my laptop. ATI sucks!!! I wish I could have change my graphic card to NVIDIA, unfortunately it's not easy and almost impossible for laptop.