Dell Inspiron 3800 video and sound

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    Hello everyone. I recently installed antiX on a Dell Inspiron 3800.

    The System Specs
    700MHz Pentium III
    128MB PC100 RAM
    10GB PATA 5400rpm Hard Disk Drive

    I found a really nice guide that was posted in 2000 by James F. Carter. This guide was very helpful in setting up the sound and the GPU.

    Link To The Guide

    A link on the Debian Wiki was helpful for sound.

    A Link To The Debian Wiki

    The only issue with this wiki is that the file alsa-firmware-1.0.25.tar.bz2 is not available on the ftp server listed in the installation steps.
    I was able to find this file HERE and completed the guide with successful results.

    The guide by James F. Carter helped me to configure my xorg.conf however I had to remove a few lines because I have an 800×600 panel.

    My Xorg configuration is as follows,

    Section “Monitor”
    Identifier “Dell I-3800”
    VendorName “Dell”
    ModelName “I-3800”
    EndSection
    Section “Device”
    Identifier “ATI-RAGE”
    VendorName “ATI”
    BoardName “RAGE-Mobility”
    Option “power_saver”
    EndSection
    Section “Screen”
    Driver “accel”
    Device “ATI-RAGE”
    Monitor “Dell I-3800”
    # Choose your preferred default color depth: 8, 16 or 24.
    DefaultColorDepth 24
    Subsection “Display”
    Depth 8
    Modes “800×600”
    ViewPort 0 0
    EndSubsection
    Subsection “Display”
    Depth 16
    Modes “800×600”
    ViewPort 0 0
    EndSubsection
    Subsection “Display”
    Depth 24
    Modes “800×600”
    ViewPort 0 0
    EndSubsection
    Subsection “Display”
    Depth 32
    Modes “800×600”
    ViewPort 0 0
    EndSubsection
    EndSection

    Thank you to the antiX developers for giving new life to this machine. I can now play Pingus and Penguin Command like it’s the year 2000 again!

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