FC3 and now FC4 are on this laptop:
Linux (Fedora Core 3)
Got this machine as refurbished January 20, 2005. BIOS hides a hidden
partition, even linux doesn't see it. So, instead of 40GB i got 36 GB..
- calling IBM was fast, but odly they don't give out install media
anymore, even within 30 days. The price has also increased from $35
to $50 !!! That makes it an easy decision to keep
- installing XP took 90 minutes, including repetative reboots, luckily
- installing FC3 took 30 minutes. Mostly worked. Of course i wanted
diskspace, so XP is all but gone (i.e. it's on the hidden partition)
- apm works if you add "acpi=off" in the boot loading (i used grub)
- acpi also works, including suspend (i did't try disk suspend)
- wireless works too, but needs the iw2100 drivers. The default
2.6.9-1.667 didn't have it, but it compiled and ran fine via
Subsequent kernels had an older version of iw2100 installed, but
i could not get it to work yet.
2.6.10-1.760 was the last one i tried.
Linux (Fedora Core 4)
The upgrade went flawlessly, which is always nice. A few notes/surprises:
- gcc is 4.0, g77 is 3.2, gfortran (not g95, which is what the GNU tar balls
deliver). gcc32 is the old 3.2.3 compiler.
- the new gnome 2.10 decided i wanted to auto-screenlock after some timeout.
well, i don't. what a nuisance now to find out where this is located.
- of course still no xmms with mp3 (but aac and wma seem to have plugins now).
what a nuisance. livna.org has a lot of nice extras, and with an extra
rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/4/i386/RPMS.lvn/livna-release-4-0.lvn.2.4.noarch.rpm
the 'yum' tool is autoamticaly setup for updates from livna.
- still didn't try acpi
Installed November 2005.
nice babysitting job, seems to work well. still getting used to this
different style of install and use, but it looks promising.
- ThinkWiki, lots of
help for TP users.
- From the linux laptop page - as of Nov 1, 2005:
- R51, with lots of useful links.
This laptop has had some intermitted (read: mostly) annoying problems with the
video. You would have to warp/bend the base to get the video back. This has
been going on since 2008 or so... Every now and then i try and boot it, and it
sort of works, for a little bit. and then hangs. pretty much useless now.
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