1) Sound was detected during installation. I tested it, everything worked, now without touching it, it's broken. All that shows up is the microphone. The dropdown box that lists "PCM device" is blank, so I cannot choose one. This is an 82801G chipset.
2) The display is not in 1280x800. Fedora detected the GeForce Go 7400 chip and configured for it, however it appears that the display SAYS it is 1280x800, while really showing 1024x768 stretched, which just longs wrong. xorg.conf is set to use 1280x800, if I view display properties it says I'm looking at 1280x800, but I don't believe it. Things are out of proportion.
3) I cannot get it to drive an external display, which is one of the reasons I bought this laptop. If I hit the fn-f8 key to use the external display, the flat panel tells me that it doesn't know what to do with the signal. When I hit fn-f8 to bring it back to the laptop display, I get only half the screen back. If I try doing dual-head setting everything exactly as it should work, specifying the Dell model of LCD exactly, X refuses to start up and I have to start over.
4) Wireless. I've upgraded to the 2.6.20 kernel, and things are not working properly. If I manually add the wireless access point (which does not boradcast itself) through NetworkManager, I get an IP address and everything is fine. When I reboot, I not only *don't* connect automatically, even connecting manually does not get me an IP address. I have to delete the connection and reboot, then re-add it manually to get it to work.
I am no n00b when it comes to linux, I've been using Redhat since 3.1, and FC since FC1. I work with Gentoo, Fedora, RHEL and Ubuntu on a daily basis. I have been at this for 3 days now and have never been so frustrated with a machine in my life.
ANY advice would be greatly appreciated.