Contents:

[Specifications]

[Installation]

[X Configuration]

[Custom Kernel]

[Other Tweaks]

[Summary]

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Specifications:

Processor: 800MHz Transmeta Crusoe[tm] TM5800
Bus Speed: 133MHz
Memory: 128MB micro DIMM SDRAM (256MB maximum)
LCD: 10.6" wide-format SXGA TFT (1280x768x16M)
Graphics Card: ATI[R] Rage[tm] Mobility-M (4MB)
Hard Drive: 20GB
Floppy Drive: External USB
Media Drive: Removable 8x DVD + 8x/8x/24x CD-RW Combo Drive
Audio: Sigma Tel AC 9757 with 16-bit stereo
Modem: 56K Soft Winmodem
Ethernet: Integrate 10/100 base-T
Mouse: Quickpoint pointing device (3-Buttons!)
Keyboard: 83-key full-size keyboard (17mm pitch x 2mm stroke)
Ports: 2 USB, S-Video, VGA, RJ-11, RJ-45, IEEE 1395 (Firewire), 3 audio.

Installation of Red Hat 7.2 and SuSE 7.3:

The machine will freeze hard on installation unless PCI probing of the ide bus is turned off. To prevent this from happening you can pass the option "ide0=ata66 ide1=ata66" to the kernel. In SuSE this amounts to appending "ide0=ata66 ide1=ata66" to the list of other kernel options in the boot loader. It's a similar story for Red Hat (e.g. use "linux ide0=ata66 ide1=ata66" -or- "expert ide0=ata66 ide1=ata66"). Unfortunately, this may mean no DMA for the ide drives but installing a patched kernel later should fix this problem.

Installation of Red Hat 9.0:

It appears that all the bugs that were encountered in Red Hat 7.2 and SuSE 7.3 have been resolved in Red Hat 9. Hence, there isnoneed to pass any special options to the kernel, nor is there any reason to disable DMA. The installation proceeds with no problems.

X Configuration:

The laptop has no problem emulating any of the standard video modes (i.e. 800x600 or 1024x768), which means it's perfectly safe to let the installer configure the Xserver. However these modes will look stretched since the native resolution is 1280x768. To get the proper resolution in SuSE 7.3, just run SaX2 after the install (it just works automagically). In RedHat 7.2 and 9, first run Xconfigurator and select 1024x768 at 16bit. After Xconfigurator is finished, edit the /etc/X11/XFree86-4 file and add the following modeline to the Monitors section:

Modeline "1280x768" 89.46 1280 1296 1552 1864 768 768 776 802

Check the frequency range and make sure it looks like this:

        HorizSync 15-80
        VertRefresh 30-72

Custom Kernel (Red Hat 7.2 and SuSE 7.3):

If you would like to get everything working in Red Hat 7.2 or SuSE 7.3, without passing special kernel options, you will need to change the kernel. The stock kernel used by Red Hat 7.2 and SuSE 7.3 has set "CONFIG_BLK_DEV_ALI15X3=y" in the kernel configuration. Due to a bug in the driver (or motherboard), this will cause the machine to hang on boot when it probes the IDE controller. To fix the problem, I suggest doing _one_ of the following:

Other Tweaks:

Summary:

It takes a little effort, but it's worth it.

Linux on Laptops Links:

Linux on a Fujitsu P5010D

Linux on Laptops

TuxMobil - Linux on laptops, PDAs and mobile phones

Acknowledgments:

Thanks to Michael Leuchtenburg.


cow bullet Last Updated: 17-Mar-02
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