Well, I just got a Dell Inspiron 1100 (Pentium 4, 2GHz) and I got RedHat 7.3 to install !
This was VERY unexpected since all emails I've found about installing RedHat on this laptop point to version 9. I selected SVGA as video type and for the monitor I selected Dell's flat screen 1024 x 764.
This got Linux to install right away, including GNOME! The only thing is that linux does not use the entire available screen space. I think this is ralated to not having the latest video driver for the INTEL video chip. I also need to tweak with the system to get the sound and NIC to work.
The thing is that I did try to install RedHat 9, but the installation ALWAYS got stuck while probing the components of the laptop even though I did use the keywords "mem=256M noprobe".
So my approach was to try to install a previous version of RedHat (in this case 7.3) to then upgrade the system. So far my attempts to upgrade to RedHat 9 keeps failing. So I will try to resolve all the issues under 7.3 and if that works then I see no point in trying to upgrade the system.
I hope this helps you somehow.
I'm running an Inspiron 5100 (basically, the same computer) on Mandrake 9.2 with very few issues. Everything works except the WinModem, (although a driver is available online) and suspend (crashes system if ACPI is on). PCMCIA, ACPI, Firewire, etc were all configured out-of-the-box. I have a short webpage about my experiences if you're curious: www.wsu.edu/~frogger/5100.html
Hope this helps...
i've just purchased the inspiron 1100 from dell uk and hopefully it should get here next week. i can't wait! i'm going to erase everything and start again installing both windows xp pro and red hat 9.0. hopefully it wouldn't be much of a trouble. the idea is to network the laptop to my home pc which is also using xp pro & red hat 9.0. by the way, does red hat 9.0 (or indeed other linux distros) support wireless networking? if it's too much i'll just need standard wired network, not an issue.
help appreciated. it's been very interesting read on you guys' experiences.