Inspiron 600m

  10 years ago
  Dell (Laptop or Netbook)
  Mint (older version)
  Works fine with some minor problems
What works:

Live DVD checks out, boots in normal mode, installs, and basically works.
memtest86+ 1.70 works great from the DVD. The installed version of memtest86+ is 4.11 and works as well.

What doesn't work:

Visual corruption of the Mint splash screen.
Live DVD boots only to CLI when "compatibility mode" is chosen.
startx reports an error along the lines of
(EE) VESA: kernel modesetting driver in use, refusing to load
(EE) No devices detected
Fatal server error: no screens found
xinit: No such file or directory (errno 2): unable to connect to X server
xinit: No such process (errno 3): Server error

gdm command also gives an error:
(gdm-binary:2347): WARNING **: Failed to acquire org.gnome.DisplayManager: Connection ":1.24" is not allowed to own the service "org.gnome.DisplayManager" due to security policies in the configuration file
Could not acquire name; bailing out

After installation:
Broken Suspend function. Upon resuming the machine lock up hard with a blank screen (no backlight). Forced shutdown is necessary. Upon reboot there is a forced disk check because the HD "was not cleanly unmounted".

"USB disk creator" program did not successfully work with any ISO that I've tried, including Mint 10.

What was done to make it work:

Disabled the suspend/sleep option in the power preferences. Be really careful not to invoke it manually.

For ISO-to-USB disk imaging I use Unetbootin 4.9.4 on Windows.

Additional notes:

Similar model to Latitude d600.
Intel 855PM chipset, ATI M9 AGP, mechanical lid switch.