11.08.2001:Place for Winmodem drivers has changed
02.08.2001: new design, i hope you like it...
10.07.2001: some intersting news from some friendsabout the modem,
and thanks a lot for all the interesting mail i received
30.05.2001 funny that nobody told me about my
dead-links, but nearly everybody clicked on it (winmodem)
21.may.2001: german version is ready now....
21.may.2001: french coming soon .........
21.december.2006: french will never appear. It took a long time to me to realize that. but finally I did it.







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I 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).


what 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.

cdromspeed: 24x
dvdromspeed: not speceficed

LCD Display Panel:
13,3-inch XGA active-matrix TFT display supported resolution 1024x768 with up to 16M colors Graphics

Graphic Controller:
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 etc.

Audio Chipset:
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 supported. etc.

Modem Chipset:
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 compatible etc.

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.

Getting started:
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.
> lilo
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 your x-server:
> 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 netmask up
and if you net a gateway, type:
> route add -net default gateway

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.

10.07.01: 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 fine.
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 with yast2.

So, have a lot of fun ...............................