my primary computer
- mobile amd athlon 2800+ (2.133 ghz)
- 512 mb ram
- 60 gb hd
- dvd/cdrw combo drive
- broadcom internal 802.11 b/g nic
well, i had no major issues getting fedora core 2
up and running on this laptop.
i got the touchpad working by using this
driver. i made an rpm and a src rpm for fc2 if you
want to download it. you'll also need to muck with your xorg.conf file... the changes that
i made are pretty much like this:
InputDevice "Touchpad" "SendCoreEvents"
Option "Protocol" "auto"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
Option "MaxTapTime" "100"
the wireless card was easy to get working, but wasn't
already there instantly. what i did for that was use ndiswrapper
around the winxp driver that came on the driver cd that i
got with the laptop, and it worked.
now, before i got the internal wireless working in fc2, i
tried using my dlink dwl-650 (rev a), and it was less than
happy... there was some issue with that specific rev of the
dlink card and the acpi drivers in fc2. the dlink card
worked in win2k, in the hardware, but not fc2.
notes on FC3
section added 10 nov 2004
i upgraded this machine to fedora core 3
yesterday, and ran into a few problems:
- acpi in kernel version 2.6.9-1.667 seems to be
broken. there is a bug
open with redhat that references it and
i'm monitoring that.
- the version of ssh is newer, so my old aliases
didn't work... if you want to export gtk+ apps
across an ssh tunnel, use -Y instead of -X. the
difference is that -X will give you X forwarding,
and the -Y will give you "trusted" X forwarding. i found
that reference here.
notes on knoppix
in order to boot this model laptop in knoppix, you'll need
to pass the following to the bootloader:
boot: linux26 vga=normal
here's what was pissing me off the most about this laptop...
i've got a WDC 120gb usb2 drive that i use for video editing
and capture. since my laptop is primarily a linux box, i
have very little drive space reserved for windows, so i have
a big honkin' ntfs drive to use for video capture. both my
old laptop and this one have only
usb 1.1 ports built in, so i spent $20 on a zonet usb2
cardbus card. this card works great in fc2 on tyr, but has
issues in windows (both 2000 pro and xp home).
i tried two operating systems and two different usb 2 cardbus
cards, and they both do the same thing:
two things to note... the drive works fine, but slow in the
built-in usb1.1 ports on this laptop, and both the card(s)
and drive work fast in fc2. this tells me that there is NO
hardware problem, but a driver problem. since two cards
failed to work, my assumption is that the windows supplied
driver for the TI PCI-1410 cardbus controller is not allowing
cardbus cards that are inserted to run at fullspeed,
therefore pissing off the WDC drive.
- card is recognized by os driver set and installed
- low speed devices can be plugged into usb2 card
and run without incident
- when western digital usb2 hard drive is plugged
into usb2 card, system locks up and drive spins
UPDATE (13 oct 2004): this is not just a problem with
the first generation of this laptop. i've had the SAME
problem with a generation 2 ze4805. it works in linux, but
NOT in windows.
this is a decent laptop for a decent price, unless you ever
want to use usb2.
if anyone has any questions about getting certain things in
linux working on this hardware, feel free to contact me at slacker at lnx
cwby dot com.
email: slacker at
last updated: Thu Nov 11 08:21:42 EST by slacker@hodur