Dell Latitude E6510 with Ubuntu 10.04


  • Press F4 in the install menu and then escape. Add nouveau.modeset=0 after the — on the kernel param line.

Booting first time after installation

  • Before GRUB pops up, keep pressing shift. Once you see GRUB, choose the kernel you want to boot from and then press e. Find the line that says quiet splash and add nouveau.modeset=0 at the end of the line.

Fixing up the nvidia driver

  • Once you booted for the first time, type the following to fix up your nvidia driver:

sudo apt-get --purge remove xserver-xorg-video-nouveau

sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

Fixing up the touchpad

  • Enable the backports repository in synaptic
  • Download the newest 2.6.35 kernel
  • Then do the following:

cd /tmp/
sudo apt-get build-dep --no-install-recommends linux-image-$(uname -r)
apt-get source linux-image-$(uname -r)
cd linux-2.6.35/src/drivers/input/mouse/patch -p0 < /tmp/patch-dell-e6510
make -C /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build M=`pwd` psmouse.ko
sudo rmmod psmouse
sudo cp psmouse.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/input/mouse/
sudo modprobe psmouse


Friday, March 4th, 2011 Linux, Ubuntu 10.10

1 Comment to Dell Latitude E6510 with Ubuntu 10.04

  • Madhu says:

    Windows’ installer is bcslaaliy designed to be alone, so install Windows first, and then install Linux, and the Linux installer will typically have an option to install a menu that lets you pick between itself and Windows. During the Windows install, if I remember right then there’s a thing to set up partitions, try setting it up so that maybe 15gb of your main drive is used by Windows as C:, and then let Linux use the rest of the drive, or something like that. Your file storage drive is likely partitioned as NTFS, you’ll likely want to back it up, and re-partition it as FAT32 so that Linux and XP both can use it.I haven’t used Ubuntu, so I don’t know what exactly the install icon does, it might give you options to do everything you want. Some installers will let you resize your current Windows partition so that you don’t have to reinstall XP, and things like that. I would look at a Ubuntu FAQ and see if it sounds like it does everything that you’d be interested in doing, and then back up everything important before doing anything.

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