[conspire] Linux laptop vendors
rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Jun 20 11:49:23 PDT 2007
Quoting Bill Moseley (moseley at hank.org):
> With one laptop dead and another on the way,
> I'm looking at a new Lenovo T60p. Yes, I realize I can go a lot
> cheaper (which I've done in the past) but sometimes you just want to
> splurge. (And use the wife's credit card.)
Hmm, I believe I have a few sketchy, vague notes about the T60p. Ah,
Machine type 2007-83U (product ID 2007), with Intel Core Duo
T2600 2.16 GHz "Yonah" core CPU, 2GB PC2-5300 SDRAM, Intel Modile 945ZGM
northbridge with Intel 82801G (ICH7 family) southbridge, ATI Mobility
FireGL V5200 (chipset model x1400) requiring the X11 "vesa" driver,
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Mini-PCI Express Adapter wireless (untested),
Intel 82801GBM (ICH7-family) SATA chipset requiring ata_piix driver,
Intel 82573L gigabit ethernet chipset requiring a very cutting-edge
e1000 driver, Analog Devices AD1981HD (Intel 82801G ICH7-family sound)
sound chipset requiring a cutting-edge snd-azx driver, a USB-type
integrated fingerprint reader from UTEK (untested), bluetooth
(untested), internal modem (untested), a Matshita model UJ-842
DVD-RAM/CDR drive, and a Synaptic PS/2 touchpad/trackpoint.
Take careful note (for many distros' installers) of the need to force
installation of a uniprocessor kernel, and put the SATA chip into
"Compatibility" mode in the motherboard BIOS Setup.
HD is SATA, requiring driver ata_piix at this date in all Linux
distributions tested, and thus requiring that the system BIOS Setup be
manually switched from SATA "AHCI" to "Compatibility" (i.e., ICH5-alike)
mode. /dev/sda, a Hitachi TravelStar HTS721010G9SA00 100GB 7200RPM SATA
notebook drive, verified mounted in "Compatibility" mode only.
Suspend/resume tends not to work with default vendor kernels.
No sound support on most such kernels, either. Fn F7 key performs
either/or video switching between LCD panel and external monitors, but
no simultaneous video. Installing the third-party proprietary ATI video
drivers changes this to doing _only_ simultaneous dual video, and never
internal-only or external-only.
And yes, ThinkWiki is definitely your friend, there.
> The two vendors I'm aware of are Emperor Linux and Los Alamos
> computers. Any experience with either?
No. However, add to that mix "LinuxCertified", on the cheap end.
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