This is miscellaneous
information about my experiences with setting up linux on my laptop
(and some other computer info). It's here for my reference and well
anyone else who wants to have a peek in case it helps them too.
2 on Thinkpad X22
My hardware is as follows
SDM-S51 external LCD monitor.
miniature usb optical mouse.
Netgear MA401 802.11b card.
USB Yamaha CRW-70 cdrw drive.
Station type 2631.
S3 Trio54V2/DX PCI video
The objective is to have an
extended desktop on both monitors, both the trackpoint and external
mouse working, the 802.11b card working, and well the CDRW I only
really use for installation.
Back in the day of RH8.0 this
was a royal pain in the butt, the good news is this is all very very
simple now with FC2 - of course there is that one major glitch which
will mess everything out if you don't know it...
The trick to
installing everything and having it work is... to make sure
everything is unplugged during the installation. i.e. the external
monitor should be unplugged, the pcmcia card should be ejected, the
optical mouse should not be plugged in. The installation will proceed
smoothly with these things unplugged, if you have them plugged in it
won't detect the dual monitor capability properly and won't detect
the network cards properly and everything will totally mess up. Once
installation is complete you can plug everything in and it will
detect and run everything fine. The 802.11b card is easily configured
using the built in GUI interface now, and the drivers are shipped
with the package. The USB mouse will auto detect and will work at the
same time as they built in track point. The external monitor even has
a spanning desktop option in gnome now so you don't have to fuss with
the X11 conf files manually anymore. FC2 uses ACPI instead of APM,
this means, you can even use the power button to shut down properly
now as well as control the CPU speed, the bad news is this version of
ACPI doesn't support sleep or hibernate yet.
notes. Whom ever owns the lt modem code / rights or what ever, hasn't
open sourced it. So you still need to go download the drivers and
install them yourself. (see the links page). The boot up now goes
graphical on you like windows.... to turn it off or better yet
uninstall the package "rhgb" to get it back to normal. (for
you windows xp users you add the boot option /sos to the startup
parameters to get rid of the graphical boot). The system does funny
things trying to detect my external monitor - basically it doesn't,
so I have to set it to a generic lcd; however the confusing part is
if you have the monitor plugged in during install (which you can't do
or it won't figure out you have dual monitors) it will detect that
it's a sony sdm-s51 properly. The good news is the generic LCD
settings work just fine. I have experience occasional hangs during
bootup - no errors no nothing at all. I can't rule out it's something
I've done with my HW though, it may not entirely be FC2's fault. UDF
writing is still not supported yet. SMB mounts are busted. Sleeping
your HD still doesn't work properly as something keeps accessing the
HD ever few seconds.
Other than the above... everything works
smoothly and fairly quickly.
Camera / external usb hard drives / CompactFlash cards
You will need to make the
/mnt/* directory yourself for the bellow to work.
USB items on my
laptop are mapped to /dev/sda1. The /etc/fstab mapping would look
/dev/sda1 /mnt/usb auto defaults,user 0 0
Incidentally the above works for a usb external HD as well. There's a
few catches as always. The usb port on the side of the X22 appears to
have less power than the one in the back (even when running plugged
into the AC) my usb drive only gets enough power to run when plugged
into the back not the side. To fdisk and format the drive you'll need
to use /sbin/fdisk and /sbin/mkfs.
The CF card slot on my laptop
is mapped to /dev/hde1 The /etc/fstab mapping would look like :
/dev/hde1 /mnt/cf auto defaults,user 0 0
Mounting an external usb cd-rw
so it's readable, specifically the yamaha spider crw-70, just switch
the file system type to udf. Writing to the cdrw is not yet
supported... You will need to make the /mnt/cdrw directory yourself.
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrw udf noauto,user 0 0
To mount a file system on linux
across the internet. The /etc/fstab mapping would look like :
//[server]/[share] /mnt/smb smbfs defaults,user,noauto,username=[user],password=[password],uid=[user],gid=[user] 0 0
The uid and gid is so when you create new files they have a "normal"
owner instead of nobody or something like that. Unfortunately
something broke in the SMB provided with FC2 and well... it just
doesn't work, I can't mount ant smbmounts anymore using any method.
This is my attempt at getting 2
external monitors on my X22... that's 3 screens in total. So far the
monitor and usb mouse seem to pass through the docking station
without too many problems. On occasion it seems to boot up thinking
that I only have 1 monitor - the external passed through one (adverse
to the external pci one). It seems to fix it self when I reboot with
the external monitor turned off at first (then turn it back on once
it's booting). One of the USB ports doesn't work either. A web search
shows I'm not the only one so I doubt it's my HW, there's 2 usb ports
and the other one works fine (only one of the original laptop usb
ports is unaccessible due ot the docking station, the other one still
works fine so I still have 2 usb ports). So I finally got my PCI
card... threw it into the docking station and... it doesn't work :(.
Okay basically I can get it to work by setting in the bios to use the
PCI card instead of the AGP card. The problem with this is that it
uses it INSTEAD of the AGP card which means I get 1 video out put
again. It seems like there's something in the bios preventing this
from working properly. Incidentally I tried this on both Windows XP
and Linux, neither could active the card properly when the AGP one
was in use. I actually got a blue screen of death on windows tying to
activate this - and that's pretty rare on XP. On both OS's it could
identify the card properly and all but wouldn't allocate any
resources to it... I don't know much more, I kinda gave up. My advice
is... don't buy a docking station expecting it to get you 3 monitors,
it probably won't work. If you do get it working, email me and let me
ADSL Modem configuration for
iinet.com.au and possibly other adsl providers in australia use the
VPI #= 8
VCI #= 35
In my case I have dsl modem/router in one and another
router/802.11b access point in one. I want to turn the dsl modem into
just a bridge or just a modem without a router, then I want to hook
up the router/802.11b access point to the bridge/modem and then run
all the traffic through the router/802.11b to access the internet.
My hardware is as follows
On the ZyXel, text/telnet
settings, on menu 1 and menu 11.1 turn bridging on. Then configure
the NetGear as normal.
Menu 1 - General Setup
System Name= ZyXEL
Contact Person's Name=
Route IP= No
Route IPX= No
Menu 11.1 - Remote Node Profile
Rem Node Name= iinet Route= IP
Active= Yes Bridge= No
Encapsulation= PPPoE Edit PPP Options= No
Multiplexing= LLC-based Rem IP Addr= 0.0.0.0
Incoming: Edit IP/IPX/Bridge= No
Rem Password= ********
Outgoing: Session Options:
My Login= firstname.lastname@example.org Edit Filter Sets= No
My Password= ******** PPPoE Idle Timeout(sec)= 0
Authen= CHAP/PAP PPPoE Service Name= iinet
Schedule Sets= 1
updated : 2004-09-28
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