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Jueves, 18 de Diciembre 2003

Fedora Core 2 on an Acer Aspire 1314LC

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Fedora Core 2 on an Acer Aspire 1314LC Linux on an Acer Aspire 1314LC (Fedora Core 2)

Hardware:

AMD Athlon XP 2400+ (1.79 GHz)

S3 ProSavage8 graphics-chipset

VIA 8235 sound card

VIA VT6102 Rhine-II network card

AMD Athlon XP-M 2400+

2x256MB DDR SDRAM

40GB UltraATA/100 HDD hda: IC25N040ATCS04-0, ATA DISK drive

hdc: QSI CD-RW/DVD-ROM SBW-242, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive

00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8633 [Apollo Pro266 AGP]

General observations:

The main reason why I bought this laptop was the price: it's cheap.

I was sure it was going to work under GNU/Linux without any problem because I took a look at TuxMobil - Linux on laptops, PDAs and mobile phones before deciding which laptop I was going to buy. Lots of information and lots of models to choose that are fully functional under GNU/Linux.

Kernel

I run the default kernel in Fedora Core 2 and everything works smoothly well without having to configure anything.

Video

Everything fine out-of-the-box with kernel-2.6, although DRI is not enabled. To enable DRI, follow the instructions:

These are the easy to follow steps to have it working:

Download and decompress a recent snapshot for savage:
http://freedesktop.org/~dri/snapshots/savage-date- linux.i386.tar.bz2
Set the level to 3, make a backup copy of the binary X server, copy the new one:
/sbin/init 3
Now run the install.sh script and try to set level back to 5:
cd /home/avb/dri/
cd dripkg
./install.sh
/sbin/init 5
Without DRI and running glxgears at full-screen mode, I get 22.857 FPS. With DRI, I get 67.900 FPS.

Sound

Sound works better if the option dxs_support=1 in the /etc/grub.conf file. For example:

kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.8-1.521 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet dxs_support=1

DVD and CD-RW

All fine. I use k3b, although I still have the terminal commands in mind. With 2.6, change the name of the device to ATAPI:
cdrecord -v -eject dev=ATAPI:0,0,0 myiso.iso.

ACPI

Working smoothly out-of-the-box. I can enjoy cpufreq in my laptop just installing a default Linux distro. No scripting and no tweaking.

S3 - Suspend-to-RAM

Suspend-to-RAM is the nice feature of suspending the session to RAM memory, for example, when closing the LED, and then waking up again when opening the LED. This is very commonly used in the latest Apple notebooks, and most of the Windows laptops.
To suspend-to-ram:
# echo 3 > /proc/acpi/sleep
To wake up, press any of the special keys (Mail, web, P1 or P2).
But there is a problem with Aspire 13xx notebooks in Linux, that is the HDD won't recover when waking up. See this bugs reported in acpi:
http://bugme.osdl.org/show_bug.cgi?id=3662
http://bugme.osdl.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2039
If you happen to have this notebook, _please_ report your case in the bug to acpi.

CPUFREQ

Working dynamically. Even better, enabling Temperature with Gkrellm, and running glxgears, you can see how the cpu load forces the fan to work when the heat reaches some 70C. When not working, the cpu is happily twiddling the thumbs at 64C.

PCMCIA

Working fine with a 56kb modem card and a wifi card.

Keyboard (Special keys: Mail, Web, P1 and P2, Volume up, down, mute

This is very easy: under GNOME go to Start Here->Preferences->Keyboard Shortcuts and edit at will

Modem

No problem with free version from Linuxant, but obviously, it's a castrated driver. I changed my philosophy of buying hardware instead of commercial software, just because Linuxant has done such a great job that they deserve my congrats (and money).

Ethernet

Working out-of-the-box. I love the DHCP wizard that comes with the Fedora Core 2 installer. It's so easy to configure even my grandmother could do it! (Well, maybe after getting used to the mouse)

Parallel Port

Ok.

Video output

I have successfully plugged another screen, booted the laptop, and both screens displayed ok.

USB Mass Storage - Digital Cameras

I use my Yakumo MegaImage IV. Just plug it in, then "mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/camera". About 400 different cameras are supported. For the complete list, look at Digital Camera Support for UNIX, Linux and BSD.

lspci verbose: 00:0a.0 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ6912 Cardbus --> 00:0c.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB21 --> 00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 80) --> 00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 80) --> 00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev --> 00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8235 ISA Bridge --> 00:11.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. --> 00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. --> 00:11.6 Communication controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. --> 00:12.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 --> 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc. [ProSavageDDR -->

00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. P/KN266 Host Bridge
Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. P/KN266 Host Bridge
Flags: bus master, 66Mhz, medium devsel, latency 8
Memory at b0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable)
Capabilities: [a0] AGP version 2.0
Capabilities: [c0] Power Management version 2

00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8633 [Apollo Pro266 AGP] (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, 66Mhz, medium devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=01, subordinate=01, sec-latency=0
I/O behind bridge: 0000c000-0000dfff
Memory behind bridge: e0000000-efffffff
Prefetchable memory behind bridge: a0000000-afffffff
Expansion ROM at 0000c000 [disabled] [size=8K]
Capabilities: [80] Power Management version 2

00:0a.0 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ6912 Cardbus Controller
Subsystem: Fujitsu Limited.: Unknown device 10e7
Flags: bus master, stepping, slow devsel, latency 168, IRQ 11
Memory at 1e000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable)
Bus: primary=00, secondary=02, subordinate=05, sec-latency=176
Memory window 0: 1e400000-1e7ff000 (prefetchable)
Memory window 1: 1e800000-1ebff000
I/O window 0: 00004000-000040ff
I/O window 1: 00004400-000044ff
16-bit legacy interface ports at 0001

00:0c.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB21 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link) (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
Subsystem: Fujitsu Limited.: Unknown device 1162
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 128, IRQ 5
Memory at f0000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable)
Memory at f0004000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: [44] Power Management version 2

00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 22, IRQ 11
I/O ports at 1200 [size=32]
Capabilities: [80] Power Management version 2

00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 22, IRQ 10
I/O ports at 1300 [size=32]
Capabilities: [80] Power Management version 2

00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 82) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 11
Memory at f4000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable)
Capabilities: [80] Power Management version 2

00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8235 ISA Bridge
Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8235 ISA Bridge
Flags: bus master, stepping, medium devsel, latency 0
Capabilities: [c0] Power Management version 2

00:11.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06) (prog-if 8a [Master SecP PriP])
Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT8233/A/C/VT8235 PIPC Bus Master IDE
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64
I/O ports at 1100 [size=16]
Capabilities: [c0] Power Management version 2

00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 50)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI]: Unknown device 0030
Flags: medium devsel, IRQ 5
I/O ports at e000
Capabilities: [c0] Power Management version 2

00:11.6 Communication controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. Intel 537 [AC97 Modem] (rev 80)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI]: Unknown device 0030
Flags: medium devsel, IRQ 5
I/O ports at e100
Capabilities: [d0] Power Management version 2

00:12.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 74)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI]: Unknown device 0030
Flags: bus master, stepping, medium devsel, latency 128, IRQ 11
I/O ports at e200


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