Linux on the IPC Topnote H
The following hints have helped me in installing SuSE LINUX 7.1. They deviate slightly from the hints on other internet pages concerning this laptop.
I recommend to look at these pages nonetheless, as they describe the configuration using SaX2, which did not work in my case. I recommend the following procedure for the installation of XFree86:
- Install the LINUX-Loader LILO in the Master Boot Record (MBR). (This description is based on this procedure, which is discouraged in the installation instruction.)
- During the setup with YaST2, do not configure X11. (If you did this nonetheless, you can kill the X-Server with Control-Alt-Backspace.)
- Configure LILO using YaST. Delete the Append-line.
- Open the file /etc/lilo.conf with an editor, e.g., emacs or vi, and replace the vga-line by the line "vga=791".
- Run /sbin/lilo.
- Reboot the system by entering "reboot" or "shutdown -r now". Now, the letters should be smaller than in earlier boot processes, and you should see a penguin in the upper left corner of the screen.
- During this reboot, or at least before starting the X-server, assign in the BIOS 4 MB to the graphics controller.
- From the SuSE-CD, install from X-server series the X-server that is specificly designed for the use with framebuffers.
- Start SaX by using the option -s to choose the X-server specificly designed for the use with framebuffers; in particular, do not use the SVGA-server.
Already before I configured XFree86, I had problems, which I treated in the following way:
- YaST2 could not resize my WindowsMe partition. To resolve this, I bought the (commercial) program "PartitionMagic 6.0".
- During the installation with YaST2, an error occured when the basic system started, which took me back to the linuxrc menue. I think that the right choice in this situation is to select the item "Boot installed system".
I bought the laptop in March 2001. It has the following data:
- Processor: Intel Celeron 700 MHz
- Monitor: 14-Zoll LCD TFT-screen
- Graphics controller: SIS 630 (Manufacturer: Silicon Integrated Systems)
Other LINUX users have also written internet pages on this notebook, which have helped me a lot. Here are those that I am aware of:
The following pages contain general information concerning LINUX on notebooks:
Please note that these hints come without any warranty for their correctness.
- Last modification: September 4, 2007