[ltp] T40 / Pentium M and Linux
Thu, 27 Mar 2003 14:09:20 +0530 (IST)
On 27 Mar 2003, Rune Froysa wrote:
> On my T30 (type 2366 - 92g) with RH8.0, the network driver randomly
> hangs every few MB. I have transfered several GB with the prism2_pci
> driver from linux-wlan-ng without problems.
I used the default orinoco_pci driver and it worked just fine. No issues
transferring any amount of data. I also use the hostap pci driver
(http://hostap.epitest.fi/) because it is supposed to perform better, but
seriously I haven't found too much of a difference.
> The tv-out port is not supported. I have been unable to find anyone
> that provides alternative drivers. According to the gatos
> mailing-list there may be some legal problems related to developing
> such a driver, which to me indicates that IBM made a poor choice of
> video chipset vendor.
Umm, I have no issues at all with the video out port ;-) Watch DVDs and
all. Just use tpctl
(http://tpctl.sourceforge.net/http://tpctl.sourceforge.net/) to enable TV
out, then hit the Fn-F7 key.
What bit me was the fact that you need to short two pins on the SVIDEO
cable if connecting to a TV without TV without SVIDEO in. Once I figured
that out, everything worked just fine, as long as you remember to drop
your resolution to something supported by teh TV (typically 800x600 for
BTW - I had no issues using TV-OUT even on my stone-age 770 ;-)
> With the redhat kernel suspend-resume sometimes failes to properly
> wake the HD, power-button required. Hand compiled stock kernel works
Yep, suspend-resume does have issues at times. Straight suspend/resume
works most of the times, but hibernation is still flakey. I had similar
issues initially on my 770, but they got resolved eventually. All I can
say is "faith!" ;-)
> With phoebe the redhat provided kernel crashes (=freezes) frequently.
Yes, phoebe has serious issues, but it isn't the distro - it's the kernel.
Just use regular phoebe3 with the -50 (or later) kernel from rawhide, and
it works fine (and performance shoots up because of native support for the
845 chipset). But frankly speaking, mjust hold your breath anotehr 4 days
and then install RHL 9 instead.
> Finally, IBM should be flamed for not allowing us to buy ThinkPads
> without a pre-installed OS. If my work hadn't paid for it, I would
> have selected a model from the only suplyer in this country that sells
> laptops whitout a pre-installed OS.
I have no arguments there - IBM is being extremely double-standard about
its cavalier approach towards Linux on thinkpads (while at the same time
openly supporting Linux on their servers).
But given that no one is willing to sell me a Linux notebook without
attached MS tax, I guess I can only say "IBM sucks less" ;-)
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