Dell U3818DW and Fedora 32

Due to COVID-19, like many others I am currently working from home and as a result I took the chance to update my home office. Working with a small laptop screen for months is not optimal, so I went the ultra-wide route and got myself a Dell U3818DW monitor.

Since I did not find a lot of information about running this monitor with Linux, here is a quick overview. To summarize, everything works out-of-the-box.

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SSD in a ThinkPad T61p

This week I purchased a OCZ Vertex 2 SSD drive for my laptop, a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p. After replacing the old HDD, I was greeted by the following error message, just after the BIOS screen:

2100: HDD0 (Hard Disk Drive) initialization error (1)

That does not sound good. Anyway, I searched around and found one simple advice:

Don’t use the ThinkPad HDD cage and the corresponding anti-shock bumpers. The problem lies with the physical connection of the SSD. I inserted the SSD without the bumpers and the bracket and voilĂ  : It worked flawlessly.

The SSD does not need shock-protection from the rubber bumpers, but in order to stabilise the drive I put some padding at the end of the SSD, so there is no stress on the connectors.

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My name is Simon Krenger, I am a Technical Account Manager (TAM) at Red Hat. I advise our customers in using Kubernetes, Containers, Linux and Open Source.


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