Last updated: Oct 11 2006
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Status under Linux
|AMD Turion 64 at 1.8Ghz||Works||No special procedure required during installation.|
|14 WXGA Display||Works||Works great at 1280x768|
|ATI Radeon Xpress 200M Video||Works||Download ATI Linux driver|
|1024MB, 333Mhz DDR, 2DIMMs||Works||No special procedure required during installation|
|100 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive||Works||No special procedure required during installation|
|Integrated Network Card||Untested||Drivers come with distribution|
|Internal 56k Modem||Untested||Commercial drivers available|
|DVD RW/CD RW Drive||Works||Install X-CD Roast for burning|
|Integrated Wireless LAN||Works||Requires Windows drivers and ndiswrapper|
|12 Cell Lithium-Ion Battery||Works||No special procedure required during installation|
|ATI Sound card||Works||No special procedure required during installation|
|6 in 1 Memory reader||Not working|
This laptop is operating under Kernel version 2.6.11
Although Fedora Core 5 is out, and 6 is coming in a few months, after first choosing Fedora Core 5 I decided to downgrade to Fedora Core 4 so that I could get the full potential out of my video card. The X drivers shipped with Fedora Core 5 do not support hardware OpenGL with the Radeon Xpress 200M, and 2D performance is also very poor. The proprietary ATI drivers require X 6.8 and the kernel of Fedora Core 5 is also incompatible with the drivers. I chose to use the i386 version of Fedora Core for a number of reasons, the main one being that I use the built-in wireless LAN and I was not able to find any 64 bit Windows drivers for it. As far as I know there are no big advantages to using the x86_64 version anyway.
Go to the Fedora website and find a mirror close to you that still carries version 4 of Fedora Core. I use the 32 bit version (i386) because I need wireless networking, and the only Windows drivers I can find are 32 bit. 32 bit drivers don't work with a 64 bit kernel.
If you want to use the built-in wireless LAN, you will need to get the sources for ndiswrapper. To do this I had to burn them to CD from Windows (I dual boot). If you wish to dual boot and you want to access your Windows partition from Linux, you should also put the NTFS kernel module on the CD as Fedora Core does not come with the NTFS module. I would recommend mounting your NTFS partitions read only, as I have heard that writing to a NTFS partition with this driver can corrupt it. There is a project called Captive that is apparently much safer, but I haven't tried it. When installing make sure you install the developement tools and libraries so you can compile the ndiswrapper utilities. If you don't want your Windows partition to be wiped out, make sure you manually edit the partition table when asked. I reinstalled Windows to a 70GB partition from the disk included with my laptop before I installed Fedora Core so that I could use both Windows and Linux.
Setting up the network driver should be as simple as typing the following commands:
ndiswrapper -i [.inf file of Windows driver] modprobe ndiswrapper ifconfig wlan0 up iwconfig wlan0 key open [password of wireless network] iwconfig wlan0 essid [name of wireless network] dhclient wlan0
For this particular laptop, the driver is named bcmwl5.inf. I put these commands in my /etc/init.d/network file under the "start" section, and under the "stop" section I put:
killall -s 9 dhclient rmmod ndiswrapper
That way when you type:
/sbin/service network restart
it restarts the network, and the driver is automatically installed at boot.
If you want fast 2D/3D graphics performance, download the ATI drivers from here. Make sure you download the ones linked, as they are the only ones known to work on this configuration. Also make sure you have the package compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-47.fc4.i386.rpm from Fedora Core installed or 3D graphics will not be accelerated. This package is on the Fedora Core CD in the Fedora/RPMS directory. To install it type:
rpm -i compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-47.fc4.i386.rpm
as root. Now install the ATI drivers by typing:
Follow the instructions on screen and you should be set in no time.
This laptop's native resolution is 1280x768. If you want to use this resolution you have to add a Modeline to your X configuration file. To do so edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf (after you've installed the ATI drivers, it won't work without them) and add this line under the heading Section "Monitor":
Modeline "1280x768" 80.14 1280 1344 1480 1680 768 769 772 795
Then under Section "Screen" and Subsection "Display", the Modes line should look something like this:
Modes "1280x768" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
If you want to enable suspend to RAM, delete sample.conf in /etc/acpi/events (or your computer will shut down when you open the lid), and edit /etc/acpi/events/lidsuspend.conf to look like this:
Then edit /etc/acpi/actions/suspend to look like this:
#!/bin/sh /sbin/hwclock --systohc echo mem > /sys/power/state /sbin/hwclock --adjust /sbin/hwclock --hctosys /sbin/service network restart
chmod +x /etc/acpi/actions/suspend
Now type "/sbin/service acpid restart". Now when you close the lid on your laptop it will suspend and come back when you open it again.
I was getting some really annoying logging to /var/log/messages with this laptop when no CD was in the drive. This would could the hard driver light to flicker constantly and the driver to be very noisy. To fix this I edited /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/10-storage-policy.fdi. At the end of the file there is a section that looks like this:
<device> <match key="storage.media_check_enabled" bool="true"> <append key="info.addons" type="strlist">hald-addon-storage</append> </match> </device>
Just before that section, I inserted these lines:
<device> <match key="storage.bus" string="ide"> <match key="storage.model" string="TSSTcorpCD/DVDW TS-L532M"> <match key="block.device" string="/dev/hdc"> <merge key="storage.media_check_enabled" type="bool">false</merge> </match> </match> </match> </device>
Then I typed /sbin/service haldaemon restart to stop the logging.
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