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Installing Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake) on Clevo D40EV
Last update: 2006-08-30
by Patrick Kik
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 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-In Jack||Not tested|
|S-Video Out Port||Not tested|
|PS/2 Type Port||Not tested|
|External Monitor (VGA) Port||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.|
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)
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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