I recently got a dell E5520 laptop with all the latest and greatest. Firstly, I’d say I’m greatly disappointed with the quality of construction since I had D830 before and I was very happy with it. This one I feel they are cutting corners are ever step of the way, but that’s beside the point here.
I got a Seagate hybrid drive (Seagate-Momentus-7200RPM-Hybrid-ST95005620AS) on the side and 8 GB of ram and installed openSuse 11.4 64bit. At first I was very happy with it, but soon the system started crashing (as in caps lock light not responding), then I realized I was unable to ever shut it down properly. It would always hang before the actual shutdown. I have a side monitor and as I attached it, it crashed continuously. When I kept off the monitor, it kinda ran OK, but when I tried running Virtual Box, I get crashes at every stage of windows boot and if it made it into running state, it would crash after a minute or two.
I updated everything to the latest of course. Now I have Kubuntu 11.04 on it and it seems to be running alright, but it also refuses to shutdown properly, and I’m getting terrible battery life.
This is my work laptop, so I don’t have time to do much trouble shooting with it, but if someone could give me a hint on what to do, I’d like to find out if I can get openSuse on this again. Been using it for 3 years and don’t see myself switching.
Beside these problems, I also had no webcam working, and the touchpad was recognised as a PS/2 mouse, so no scrolling.