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Clevo D40EV Ubuntu 6.06 LTS by Patrick Kik

Installing Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake) on Clevo D40EV

Last update: 2006-08-30
by Patrick Kik

General

I'm very pleased with my laptop. Although it is more a portable desktop. It's a very powerful machine and it might be to powerful as a laptop. The noise it makes is to loud. But I have a computer that I can carry to people with less powerful desktops. That's kind of funny. :)
My laptop was bought from a Dutch reseller called Advance. There it was called a VX5500. Just recently I found out that it was really a Clevo D40EV.
About one year ago I tried to install SuSE 9.3 Pro on my laptop. It failed because it couldn't agree with my harddisk controller. I never was able to fix it, but with the release of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake) I tried it once more.
Only now it became clear why you should choose a laptop from one of the better known manufacturers if you want to run GNU/Linux. There hardware is more common and therefore more often supported for GNU/Linux.

Hardware

hardware components status under GNU/Linux notes
Intel Pentium IV 3.2 GHz Works dmidecode says it's a Celeron.
15 inch (38 cm) SXGA+ (1400x1050) TFT display Works Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf to use full resolution.
128 MB ATI Mobility Radion 9700 AGP Works
2x 512 MB DDR-SDRAM Works
Hitachi Travelstar 5K80 80 GB ATA-6 harddisk Works
QSI CDRW/DVD SBW242C Works
TouchPad and buttons Works
Hot-Key buttons Works partially E-mail button brings up Evolution (my standard e-mail client).
WWW button brings up Firefox (my standard Internet browser).
The application button doesn't work (could not find drivers).
Realtek RTL8169/8110 Family Gigabit Ethernet NIC Works
Smart Link 56K Voice Modem Not tested
7-in-1 Card Reader Works MMC, SD, MS, MS Pro, SM, CF, IBM Microdrive
PC Card (PCMCIA) Slot Works Used with Linksys WPC54G and Linuxant.
2x USB 2.0 Ports Works
Parallel Port Works Tested with a HP LaserJet 4L.
Serial Port Not tested
Mini-IEEE 1394 Firewire Not tested
S/PDIF Out Port Not tested
Microphone Works
Microphone-In Jack Not tested
Headphone-Out Jack Works
Stereo Speakers Works
S-Video Out Port Not tested
PS/2 Type Port Not tested
External Monitor (VGA) Port Works
Infrared Transceiver Works
Z-Star ZC0301 CMM PC Camera Works But the quality of the image is not very good.
Wireless LAN Module Doesn't work Tried with ndiswrapper and Linuxant.
Bluetooth Module Works

lspci

0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 645xx (rev 51)
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS AGP Port (virtual PCI-to-PCI bridge)
0000:00:02.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS963 [MuTIOL Media IO] (rev 14)
0000:00:02.1 SMBus: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS961/2 SMBus Controller
0000:00:02.3 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] FireWire Controller
0000:00:02.5 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 [IDE]
0000:00:02.6 Modem: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] AC'97 Modem Controller (rev a0)
0000:00:02.7 Multimedia audio controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] Sound Controller (rev a0)
0000:00:03.0 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0 Controller (rev 0f)
0000:00:03.1 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0 Controller (rev 0f)
0000:00:03.2 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0 Controller (rev 0f)
0000:00:03.3 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 2.0 Controller
0000:00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8169 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 10)
0000:00:0c.0 CardBus bridge: ENE Technology Inc CB1410 Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV350 [Mobility Radeon 9600 M10]
0000:02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)

lsusb

Bus 004 Device 003: ID 07c4:a600 Datafab Systems, Inc.
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0ac8:301b Z-Star Microelectronics Corp. ZC0301 WebCam
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0967:0204 Acer (??) WarpLink 802.11b Adapter
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000



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