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Kernel Config and Working hardware

Works with linux kernel 2.6.18 (working 2.6.15 config):

Pre-Installation Notes

Updating the BIOS

It is recommended the BIOS be upgraded to the most recent version before installing. Installation done with BIOS at version 1.14.

Fingerprint Reader

Be sure to use the MS windows software and add your fingerprints. It will then be possible to use them to protect the BIOS and boot-up sequence even if you later remove the windows installaion.



See this guide.

Using DVD drive causes lockups and performance issues

Using the DVD device can often cause often system lockups and degrades overall system performance. To Fix this:

  1. Disable the standard IDE driver and use SCSI.
Linux Kernel Configuration: SCSI cdrom support
Device Drivers -->
 SCSI device support -->
   <*>   SCSI disk support
   <*>   SCSI CDROM support
  1. Disable IDE support using kernel boot parameters:
File: kernel parameters in bootloader config
  libata.atapi_enabled=1 hdc=noprobe

After reboot DVD-RAM device should be visible as /dev/sr0.

Touchpad Tap to Click

echo -n 1 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio0/press_to_select

Suspend to Disk/RAM

In hibernate-script config, enable IbmAcpi setting:

File: /etc/hibernate/common.conf
IbmAcpi yes

The in-kernel wireless driver (ipw2200) might be problematic. Try using a version from the driver's homepage.

Problems copying large files on NFS

The in-kernel wireless driver (ipw2200) might be problematic. Try using a version from the driver's homepage.

Card reader

The driver may need a card present in the reader in order to load. When first accesing it, make sure a card is present, and reload the module (sdhci). Sample script to do this:

File: sdmount
# the next line is needed for unloading the module
/sbin/rmmod sdhci
# loading the card reader modules
/sbin/modprobe mmc_core
/sbin/modprobe sdhci
/sbin/modprobe mmc_block


Use vga=0x318 kernel parameter.

X11 ATI 3D-Acceleration

aticonfig --overlay-type=Xv

Untested/Non-working hardware

I have discovered that Infrared works perfectly fine with Ubuntu running the Lirc app. 17 May 2008.


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