Part of this document is simply copied from my previous report: Mandriva (Mandrake) Linux 10.1 with the IBM X40
- Step 1: Install from hard disk
- Step 2: Linux install
- Step 3: centrino 2200BG wireless adapter
- Step 4: function keys
- Step 5: power management
- Step 6: no ethernet on boot
Well, it did not change. It's still an x40 with a Pentium Mobile 738LV (up to 1.4Ghz), 512MB RAM, a 40GB hard drive, 12.1" XGA TFT LCD, a modem, gigabit internet, and the Centrino 2200BG wireless adapter. I immediately upgraded the RAM to 1GB when I got it; this was straightforward: just stick the memory in, and it works.
I have used this laptop for over a year now and find it fantastic. It's small, light, and does everything I need!
|Pentium Mobile 738LV||Works|
|12.1" XGA TFT LCD||Works||1024x768, 16 millions color|
|Gigabit internet||Works||Tested on a 10/100 network|
|Centrino 2200BG wireless||Works||See section 3|
|Power management||Partially works||See section 5|
|Thinkpad keys||Partially works||See section 4|
|External display||Works at 1024x768 pixels|
In this case however, I did not have a drive with me, but since I already had a version of Linux running, I could perform an installation from the hard disk. Since the procedure is a little bit tricky, I reported it in a separate document: install Mandriva linux from the hard disk.
The Mandrake install went fine. I used my existing partitions:
- 10 gigs for windows, in
- 8 gigs for the root partition, in
- 1 gig for the swap
- 10 gigs for my personal files, in
- 6 gigs for the programs I'll install by hand, in
There was no other trouble with the install whatsoever, everything went smooth.
Well, in my previous installation, the driver provided in mandrake 10.1 did not work properly, but they improved! With Mandriva 2006, I just had to go in the
Control Center (
configure your computer), select
Netword and Internet, and play with the
Wireless Connection section. Everything went smooth, and it works like a charm. As a user, you can simply start, stop, or change the wireless network from the KDE Panel. It's a great improvement of Mandriva 2006.
For the controls keys, I had the following results:
Fn-F3: switch LCD screen off: does not work : fails to switch off the screen
Fn-F4: suspend to RAM: works, press Fn key to resume
Fn-F12: suspend to disk: does not work : fails to suspend
Fn-End: control screen light intensity: works
Fn-PgUp: switch the small light above the screen: works
Loudspeaker buttonsclose to the Access IBM key: works
I didn't played too hard with the power management, but I did get my CPU to go from 500Mhz to 1.4Ghz depending on load. I know nothing about this stuff, so I just followed the same old instructions I got on this page a while ago. This is a copy and paste version of the site
My only comment is: do not forget to start the
powernowd deamon! It's in the control center, under services. After that, everything works
great and my CPU speed is adjusting nicely. In the past, the KDE battery monitor did tell you the frequency at which the CPU was running. In my new version, it doesn't which is a bit annoying. On the other hand, I cheched with the
-vvv option and
/var/log/messages and the frequency does change, as needed.
Most of the time, I use my laptop with wireless internet. Therefore, I disabled the
eth1 at boot: my computer does not try to get online straight away. There are two reasons for that: it can slow the boot process if you are not plugged in, and I like to choose my wireless access point. This can be done in the Mandrake Control Center, under network and internet options.