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did not try a lot of different distributions, because the first
i installed worked fine. This was SuSE7.1 Professional-Edition.
The reason why i bought this notebook was that the notebook
had very good hardware inside, and this for a very attractive
price. At the moment i bought the notebook i wasn´t really
sure if would get running linux on it, but i read that the SiS
chipset should be supported by linux and so i decided to try
it. After 2weeks i think i can say that it was a good decicion
to by this one, and the only thing which is not working under
linux at the moment is the integrated modem, ithink iwill have
to a pcmcia card for this.
Another very helpful page for you could be the page of Fabio
Tosques (Page no longer on the web).
i bought was a Gericom Webboy in april 2001 (for 2999,- DM MediaMarkt)
with following sepecifications:
Prozessor and Corelogic:
Processor: 850Mhz PIII
Corelogic: SiS-Chipset with integrated video, audio, network
and modem Controller
Bus Architecture: 66Mhz frontside-bus (100Mhz ready)
I got 12GB in one big partition, with Windows Millenium preinstalled.
dvdromspeed: not speceficed
13,3-inch XGA active-matrix TFT display supported resolution
1024x768 with up to 16M colors Graphics
SiS 630 with integrated AGP Bus 2D/3D graphics accelerator Graphics
Ability: UltraAGP architecture graphics capability (similar
to 4x AGP) Dual Display: Simutaneous LCD/External Monitor Supported
SiS 630 with integrated audio controller Sound Capability: 64-Voice
Polyphony Wavetable Synthesizer; DirectSound 3D accelerator
for IID, IAD and Doppler effects. Full duplex, independent sample
rate converter. SoundBlaster PRO/16 compliant. AC'97 V2.1 interface
SiS 630 with Modem Controller integrated Transmission Speed:
V.90 / K56flex for download data speed up to 56000 bps; V.34,
V.17, V.29 transmission protocol
LAN Network Adapter:
SiS 630 with integrated PCI Fast Ethernet funktion for 10Base-T
and 100Base-TX network standards PnP Funktion: M$ Win 9x Plug'n'Pray
PC Card PCMCIA Controller:
O2Micro OZ 6812/ 6912 controller with Zoomed Video Capability
Features: Single slot for TYPE II/III PC Cards with Card Bus
1.0 interface, etc.
The installation of SuSE-Linux is quite simple. It can also
repartition your harddisk without loosing your data.
How to get the x-server running: The easiest way for you to
get your x-server running on a 1024x768 Mode with 16Bit color
depth is following:
Install SuSE7.1 on your machine with yast2. If yast2 ask you
for installing the x-server choose NO xserver. Just copy this
XF86Config to /etc on your machine.
Now you have to edit your /etc/lilo.conf change the vga=normal
Parameter to vga=791.
This will make your machine switching to a 16Bit mode on boot
time. And change login configuration to graphical login in yast
or in /etc/inittab if aou want to start withit.
You have to install another package with yast. xfbdev from the
serie xsrvnow. you should be able to run sax for configuring
> sax -s fbdev
If you want, you can test your configuration with:
> startx -- -bpp 16
Reboot your system! Now you should have a graphical login-panel
and you can login to your machine.
If not: Try this:
> XF86_FBDev -bpp 16
> ln -s /usr/X11R6/bin/XF86_FBDev /var/X11R6/bin/X
If everything works how expecting, go to /etc/rc.config.d/apmd.rc.config/apm
and set APMD_LEAVE_X_BEFORE_SUSPEND="yes" .
getting the networkcard running in quite simple.
Just load the drivers for your networkcard:
> modprobe sis900
and now enter your personal settings
> ifconfig eth0 192.168.0.99 netmask 255.255.255.0 up
and if you net a gateway, type:
> route add -net default gateway 192.168.0.1
on my laptop the modem is not running, i think the problem
is that it is a winmodem, so think iwill have to by a external
one, but if anybody manage this problem, please let me know.
There is one page about winmodems under linux, you can have
a look at it if you want, and if you have a lot of spare time.
here some news about the modem (thanks a lot to Andreas Gabriel
from Marburg, who sent me this Information)
The Company Smartlink http://www.smlink.com
has developed a driver for this modem. You can only download
it here: ftp://ftp.smlink.com/public/new.
This package is only testes with Kernel 2.4.4 (slmdm-2.03-01_linux_2.4.4.src.rpm);
so you will have to recompile a Kernel, but then it should work
Try installing them with foolowing command:
rpm --rebuild slmdm-2.03-01_linux_2.4.4.src.rpm
(note: I have not tested it on my Laptop yet, but i will let
you now, jerome)
The sound should work without problems, if you configure it
have a lot of fun ...............................