Update: I have since installed RedHat 9 and Fedora Core 1 without any
Since I was not able to find any information on Linux with the
Laptop Hi-Grade Notino 3400s I decided to put down all my own
It was quite hard to find its actual specs from the Hi-Grade website ( http://www.higrade.com)
From the Dutch site
Chipset SiS NB650 + SB961 Memory 0 on-board; expandable to 1024MB 2x200pin DDR SDRAM Memory slots (PC2100/1600) HDD 2.5" 9,5mm height; Support Ultra DMA 66/100 FDD Support optional external FDD, format 720KB/1.2MB/1.44MB Display 14,1" XGA TFT Display; max. res. 1024x768 Video controller Integrated in SiS650 Support Multi Monitor Ultra AGP REAL 256 2D/3D Graphic Pointing Device Glide pad with 4x buttons Audio Sound Blaster Pro compatible 16bit soundsystem Build-in mono microphone Supports AC97 2.1 2x Speakers (1Watt each) I/O Port 1x Bi-directional Parallel Port 2 x Standard USB1.1 port 1x RJ-11 port 1x RJ-45 port 1x DC input 1x VGA monitor port 1x Audio-out (SPIDF) 1x Mic-in Communication Build-in 56Kbps V.90 MDC modem Build-in 10/100 based-T LAN Build-in antenna for Mini-PCI wireless communication Battery Li-ion (2000mAH/3.7V) User swappable AC Adapter Universal AC Adapter 90W; Input: 100-240V, 50/60Hz AC Dimensions 315x256x39,5 (mm) Weight 3.0 kg Accessories Power Cord, AC Adapter, RJ-11 Phone Cable, Manual, System Driver CD Architecture Support PC2001 Specification, Designed for Windows ME, 2000 & XP
The installation went quite well, full install with LVM.
I also installed RedCarpet from Ximian and did all updates
for RedHat 8.0, Ximian Desktop and Evolution.
After some searching on http://www.sis.com
I found drivers for Linux / XFree86. If you go directly to http://driver3.sis.com/linux/
you see '650' where you see two files "sis_drv.o-402" and "sis_drv.o-410"
Documentation is close to non-existent, so I assume that 410 is fro XFree86 4.1.0
In hope that it would work with 4.2.0 I did the following
mv /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/sis_drv.o /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/RH-orig-sis_drv.o cp sis_drv.o-410 /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/sis_drv.oThen I ran 'redhat-config-xfree86' and selected SIS630 as Video Card Type with 32 MB RAM.
It does work, however, does not give the performance I was hoping for. My two test tools
for video card performance are 'glxgears' (which gives around 270 fps, about the same
as the generic VESA driver) and tuxracer which performs horribly!
Furthermore, using mplayer I was not able to use either the 'xv' interface nor the
Looking further I found Thomas'es web site http://www.winischhofer.net/linuxsis630.shtml
which provided a much better solution.
Get the latest drivers from the site ... I used
mv /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/sis_drv.o /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/RH-orig-sis_drv.o cp sis_drv.o /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/sis_drv.o mv /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/dri/sis_dri.so /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/dri/RH-orig-sis_dri.so cp sis_dri.so /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/dri/sis_dri.sorestart your xserver (or reboot).
Now I can use the 'xv' and the 'sdl' devices for mplayer ... glxgear still gives the same
performance and tuxraces is still slow ... but we're a step closer :)
Back to the SiS website there is a http://driver3.sis.com/linux/7012/sis701-2.4.x.tar
file. At first try it did not compile.
Maybe I did something wrong but after modifying the Makefile it compiled.
Unfortunately that does not mean that it works ... depmod -a gives an error
saying that the modules sis7012.o (which is actually not installed by the install
script, and has to be manually copied) has problems. It turns out that this
binary-only module is compiled for kernel 2.4.7-10enterprise.
Well I took the easy way out ... There is a commercial driver available from OSS
http://www.opensound.com/. The cost is $35.-
http://www.smlink.com/download/Linux/slmdm-2.6.16_i386.tar.gz and http://www.smlink.com/download/Linux/slmdm-2.6.16.tar.gzThe first one is optimized for 386 and Cyrix CPU's the second one is the one we want.
To install it, the following has been done.
tar zxvf slmdm-2.6.16.tar.gz cd slmdm-2.6.16 more README cd /usr/src ln -s linux-2.4 linux make make install-amr modprobe slamrmo (make install and modprobe needs to be done as root)
now start 'minicom -s' and then select 'Serial port setup'
Press 'a' to select 'Serial Device' and edit it so that it reads '/dev/modem'
Press 'Enter' at 'Change which setting?' to return to the main setup menu
Select ' Save setup as dfl ' and then 'Exit'
And it works ...
Welcome to minicom 2.00.0 OPTIONS: History Buffer, F-key Macros, Search History Buffer, I18n Compiled on Jun 23 2002, 16:41:20. Press CTRL-A Z for help on special keys OK AT S7=45 S0=0 L1 V1 X4 &c1 E1 Q0 OKNotes:
MATSHITA CD-RW CW-8121, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROMIts both a cd writer (re-writer) and a DVD player.
You need to get regions set tool. After you download it you
need to do the following.
tar zxvf dvd_disc_20000215.tar.gz cd dvd_disc_20000215 makeThis will create two binary executable files called 'dvdbackup' and 'regionset'.
[root@puma dvd_disc_20000215]# ./regionset Current Region Code settings: RPC Phase: II type: SET vendor resets available: 4 user controlled changes resets available: 4 drive plays discs from region(s): 2, mask=0xFD Would you like to change the region setting of your drive? [y/n]:If you say 'y' (yes) then you can set it to your own region. This would be '2' if you
Note: you can change your region only a fixed amount of times (this drive seems to have to
this value at 5). Here a blurb from a friend from http://www.maniac.nl/dvd.html
Copying DVD's is not an issue here. The DVD-industry is afraid of people copying their precious movies, because of this
fear they protect and encrypt them with systems like CSS (Content Scrambling System) and Macrovision. For the near future
I do not see things like this happening, since there isn't even a medium you could copy a DVD movie too (I ignore VHS
here, I do not consider VHS an option, it just sucks) without too much loss of quality. And if such a medium were to be
present the copy-protection systems wouln't help at all, since you can just copy them along with the movie and all players
will accept it.
You have to create a link as follows (some applications look for it):
ln -s /dev/scd0 /dev/dvdThe Software
I also use mplayer to watch avi files etc. there I use mplayer -vo sdl -ao sld to get the best performance.
However, the sound syncronization seems to be off by a bit each time, you might have to adjust it via the '-' and
I created an ISO image as follows:
cdrecord speed=30 dev=/dev/sg0 -v -eject -data bckp.gd.iso Cdrecord 1.10 (i686-pc-linux-gnu) Copyright (C) 1995-2001 Jï¿½rg Schilling TOC Type: 1 = CD-ROM scsidev: '/dev/sg0' devname: '/dev/sg0' scsibus: -2 target: -2 lun: -2 Linux sg driver version: 3.1.24 Using libscg version 'schily-0.5' atapi: 1 Device type : Removable CD-ROM Version : 0 Response Format: 2 Capabilities : Vendor_info : 'MATSHITA' Identifikation : 'CD-RW CW-8121 ' Revision : 'AZ16' Device seems to be: Generic mmc CD-RW. Using generic SCSI-3/mmc CD-R driver (mmc_cdr). Driver flags : SWABAUDIO Drive buf size : 1808688 = 1766 KB FIFO size : 4194304 = 4096 KB Track 01: data 220 MB Total size: 253 MB (25:08.50) = 113138 sectors Lout start: 254 MB (25:10/38) = 113138 sectors Current Secsize: 2048 ATIP info from disk: Indicated writing power: 4 Is not unrestricted Is not erasable Disk sub type: Medium Type A, low Beta category (A-) (2) ATIP start of lead in: -11318 (97:31/07) ATIP start of lead out: 336226 (74:45/01) Disk type: Short strategy type (Phthalocyanine or similar) Manuf. index: 22 Manufacturer: Ritek Co. Blocks total: 336226 Blocks current: 336226 Blocks remaining: 223088 Starting to write CD/DVD at speed 8 in write mode for single session. Last chance to quit, starting real write in 0 seconds. Operation starts. Waiting for reader process to fill input buffer ... input buffer ready. Performing OPC... Starting new track at sector: 0 Track 01: 220 of 220 MB written (fifo 100%).^[[B^[[B^[[B^[[B Track 01: Total bytes read/written: 231702528/231702528 (113136 sectors). Writing time: 208.391s Fixating... Fixating time: 35.589s cdrecord: fifo had 3650 puts and 3650 gets. cdrecord: fifo was 0 times empty and 3566 times full, min fill was 79%.
The solution lies in an approach like The Acer Hotkey Driver for Linux
where a kernel character device has to be written to catch the key's pressed. As far as I know, there
are none available yet. I'm looking into it, and currently have decided to give it a shot myself
Battery Pack: UN34AS1-T Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Rating: 11.1V 5850 mAh Assebled in TaiwanAPM does not see it, and reports "AC on-line" all the time. I will try to use ACPI instead
So either have networking started at boot, or you have to say "ifup lo" as root.