Following my previous post, finally I got the new Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex on my Dell XPS M1530 laptop. The verdict: Pure Awesomeness. The installation is very quick and simple (it just that it took me a while to write this post). Almost everything works out of the box. The driver support is better. The OS itself I feel more stable, hard as a rock. And of course, more features. Sure, there is a few bumps, but nothing too serious.
(Above: My shiny brand new desktop 🙂 )
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I had trouble getting my Dell XPS M1530 track pad/touch pad to work when I updated the BIOS from A07 to A09. However, it is fairly an easy fix.
Edit your ‘/boot/grub/menu.lst’ file with:
sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
at the end of the ‘kernel’ line. It may look like below:
title Ubuntu 8.04, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=UUID=446ea0c-57b1-4112-939c-
3f1d74be9f5f ro quiet splash i8042.nomux=1
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.22-14-generic quiet
Save the menu.lst file and reboot. This should get your track pad/touch pad working.
Reference from Ubuntu Forums.