Old laptop setup reference

Links and things to do while setting up older Dell Inspiron 1525

Suraj Deshmukh

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I have this old PC Dell Inspiron 1525 with 2GB RAM and 32 bit dual core processor and I wanted to install fedora on it, but I cam accross few problems which I am documenting for further reference.

Wifi device not detected

The wifi drivers are not loaded by default, so followed this blog, basically do following:

export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR="/lib/firmware"
wget http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-5.100.138.tar.bz2
tar xjf broadcom-wl-5.100.138.tar.bz2
cd broadcom-wl-5.100.138/linux/

sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta.o

Slow boot problem

Since the boot process is very slow so add this line to /etc/default/grub

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash video=SVIDEO-1:d"

Update grub using

grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

Continual reporting of issues

Disabled SELinux and it stopped reporting those issues. For which just change the line from SELinux=enforcing to SELinux=disabled in /etc/sysconfig/selinux. Need to figure out why those errors were reported in a loop.

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