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post Feb 17 2007, 12:12 AM

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QUOTE(MadCentury @ Dec 25 2006, 10:46 PM)
toshiba A60 work fine
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my Toshiba A80 cant work with FreeBSD 6.0/6.1
for Linux distro it works fine... hmm.gif
TSthesoothsayer
post Feb 19 2007, 01:39 PM

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Got my laptop last Thursday. I bought an Asus A8FM.

Tried to install FC6 but it crashed during installation twice. Then I decided to try Ubuntu 6.10 and I'm happy that I did that. Glad that I did.

Everything that I needed just worked out of the box like graphics, sound control hot keys, wireless hot keys etc. except for the soundcard (AD1986A) and the scrolling on the synaptics mousepad (not detected).

The mousepad was easy to fix but the ALSA drivers for the soundcard still has some problems supporting the internal mic and the audio output is still not working. However, external mic is working and internal speakers are also ok. Looking forward to the next ALSA drivers.

Beryl is looking great and overall, everything that I want to have is here except for wireless which I haven't tested yet.

Specs of my laptop:
T5500 C2D
1.5GB RAM
120GB SATA HDD
DVD-RAM
Intel GMA 950 Gfx
AD1986A soundcard chipset

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post Feb 19 2007, 02:46 PM

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i was running slackware on dell inspiron 6400. but delete it last 2 days ago because i moved to vmware virtualization. lolx..
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post Feb 20 2007, 01:42 AM

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that means fc6 still has some issue on laptop installations right?
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post Feb 20 2007, 08:10 AM

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QUOTE(Vervain @ Feb 20 2007, 02:42 AM)
that means fc6 still has some issue on laptop installations right?
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I guess. I didn't try to fix it because I didn't want to waste my holidays. smile.gif
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post Feb 20 2007, 08:49 AM

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QUOTE(Vervain @ Feb 20 2007, 01:42 AM)
that means fc6 still has some issue on laptop installations right?
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not all laptops.
fc6 is running fine in a couple of laptops around here.

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post Feb 20 2007, 12:48 PM

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tried fc6 too on my inspiron 6400,
it installed well, but cant seem to get the ethernet and the wireless working..
even though it has detected it if checked using lspci..

other than that, well, its the ati x1400 card, which cant seem to work as well, has to resort to vga generic driver which means no widescreen support and not being able to use beryl... sighhh

rite now, i'm using back ubuntu 6.06, every device works except for the ati card. maybe i should try ubuntu 6.10 later


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post Feb 21 2007, 01:56 AM

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QUOTE(pussylover @ Feb 20 2007, 12:48 PM)
tried fc6 too on my inspiron 6400,
it installed well, but cant seem to get the ethernet and the wireless working..
even though it has detected it if checked using lspci..

other than that, well, its the ati x1400 card, which cant seem to work as well, has to resort to vga generic driver which means no widescreen support and not being able to use beryl... sighhh

rite now, i'm using back ubuntu 6.06, every device works except for the ati card. maybe i should try ubuntu 6.10 later
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me too. but i didnt have much time to play with the wireless setting. the ethernet worked fine here. as for graphics, im using the intel 945GM chipset and need to do some tweakings to get full perfect resolution.

btw, if you are running core duo or c2d machine,fc6 came with a wrong kernel. it wont detect the cpu info/speed correctly. check out the below links for more info :-

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=211941
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=212091

in other word, just upgrade the kernel to the latest version. anyway, ubuntu isnt that bad afterall. good luck.

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post Feb 21 2007, 03:22 PM

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OpenSuSE 10.2 on IBM Thinkpad R40. Works like a charm.
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post Mar 12 2007, 12:08 PM

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Some updates on my Asus A8Fm.

The wireless button works out of the box and pressing it on and off turned on and off the wireless modem as well. To get the wireless drivers for the IPW3945abg chipset, you need to download and install "linux-restricted-modules-generic" from the Ubuntu repository. After that, it worked without any problems.

The brightness up and down keys (Fn + F5/F6) did not work. The events for Fn+F5 were captured but no event handlers were found in /etc/acpi/events. The events for Fn+F6 were not captured at all.

I tried Fn+F4 and it was captured and it's supposed to be the Internet hotkey but it didn't work out of the box. Anyway, I won't be using it as I don't think I need it.

So, I changed Fn+F4 to reduce the brightness and Fn+F5 to increase the brightness by writing my own event handlers.

Works like a charm now.

Other ACPI functions worked out of the box like hibernation, suspend, reduce brightness automatically when battery is used & automatically turning off backlight when the lid is closed.

Built-in camera needed the SPCA (I think) drivers and worked after that.

Sound still has some problems and I'm waiting for the next Alsa upgrade.

All-in-all, I'm very pleased with the Asus + Ubuntu 6.10. Exceeded my expectations. I was prepared for lots of debugging and kernel recompilations.
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post Mar 29 2007, 06:03 PM

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dell ideastorm is ended for sometime, seems like dell is going to sell laptop with linux preinstalled. along with desktop.

hmm, we may not get our favourite distro, at least, the laptop is alot easier to work with.

i wonder whether it will come to malaysia

This post has been edited by sweemeng: Mar 29 2007, 06:04 PM
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i installed Fedora Core 6 in my compaq presarion v3000 and seem like ok for everything. first thing that i do is, open the firefox hehehee.. its running smooth.

- sound, graphic, bluetooth, network card, mouse - ok.
- modem, wireless - still not check , tak sempat.
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planning to install fedora .. waiting for fc7 . maybe end of this month .

I'm a noob in linux .
Izzit difficult to update the gc driver ?
mine using nvdia geforce go 6150 (compaq presario v3010 btw)

why I changed to linux ?
Since I saw youtube video about beryl / compiz using fedora and ubuntu .
the glass effects / cube / fire r just AWESOME !

Can someone willing to burn for me a dvd of fc6 ?


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post Apr 18 2007, 03:19 AM

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...and i hope that ubuntu feisty fawn will recognize my USB C-Media soundcard..really a waste that i had to uninstall ubuntu edgy eft, installed windows back just to use the soundcard to play movies..

sigh...
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post Apr 21 2007, 12:26 PM

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I haven't been in the Linux loop for sometime but how come the newer distro's don't work on low spec machines anymore.

I got this old P1 machine and I don't know what to do with it, its still in pretty okay condition just that Windows 98 was corrupted beyond repair and I'm looking for a replacement OS now.

Anywhere to find older distro's which flies when run on 286/386/486? The ones with minimal GUI?
I'm just going to convert it to a messanging/skype/internet browser kioks.
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post Apr 22 2007, 02:03 AM

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QUOTE(zenix @ Apr 21 2007, 12:26 PM)
I haven't been in the Linux loop for sometime but how come the newer distro's don't work on low spec machines anymore.

I got this old P1 machine and I don't know what to do with it, its still in pretty okay condition just that Windows 98 was corrupted beyond repair and I'm looking for a replacement OS now.

Anywhere to find older distro's which flies when run on 286/386/486? The ones with minimal GUI?
I'm just going to convert it to a messanging/skype/internet browser kioks.
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well, could try DSL first.
i have tried it on 300mhz VIA Eden before..
So far so good.
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post Apr 22 2007, 05:59 AM

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QUOTE(kons @ Apr 22 2007, 02:03 AM)
well, could try DSL first.
i have tried it on 300mhz VIA Eden before..
So far so good.
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Any download link?
Live CD would be great! drool.gif
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post Apr 22 2007, 07:12 AM

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QUOTE(zenix @ Apr 22 2007, 05:59 AM)
Any download link?
Live CD would be great!  drool.gif
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Yeah, it can run in LiveCD.
ftp://ftp.planetmirror.com/pub/damnsmall/current/dsl-2.4.iso
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post May 7 2007, 11:04 AM

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Arch linux on Compaq V3000, work great !!!!

sound,graphic,network,touch pad,multimedia key...

everything is great.
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post May 8 2007, 10:37 AM

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never heard of this distro, is it good?

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