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F8­x86_64 on the Acer Ferrari 3400LMi

F8-x86_64on the Acer Ferrari 3400LMi

 

by

 

 

Sven­Göran Bergh

 

 

Table of Contents

 

1 Introduction....................................................................................................

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1.1

Version.....................................................................................................

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1.2

Quick reference guide..............................................................................

3

2 Installation......................................................................................................

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2.1

Potential pitfalls.......................................................................................

5

2.1.1 Graphical installer.............................................................................

5

2.1.2 Disk size.............................................................................................

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3 Hard drive.......................................................................................................

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3.1

Upgrading the drive.................................................................................

6

4 IEEE 1394 Firewire........................................................................................

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4.1

Potential problems...................................................................................

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4.2

Configuring Firewire................................................................................

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4.3

Comments................................................................................................

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5 USB.................................................................................................................

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6 5-in-1Card reader...........................................................................................

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7 PC-card...........................................................................................................

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8 Special keys & buttons...................................................................................

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8.1

Configuration procedure........................................................................

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8.1.1 X key-codes......................................................................................

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8.1.2 Scan-codes.......................................................................................

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8.1.3 Linux key-codes...............................................................................

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8.1.4 X key-codesrevisited.......................................................................

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8.1.5 Configure actions............................................................................

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9 CPU & ACPI support.....................................................................................

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9.1

Suspend..................................................................................................

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9.2

CPU frequency scaling...........................................................................

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10 Graphics......................................................................................................

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10.1 Basics...................................................................................................

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10.1.1 The radeon driver..........................................................................

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10.1.2 Simple X configuration..................................................................

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10.2 Dual-Head............................................................................................

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10.2.1 Virtual screen size.........................................................................

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10.2.2 The xrandr tool..............................................................................

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10.2.3 Fn-F5button..................................................................................

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10.3 3D acceleration....................................................................................

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10.3.1 Simple benchmark.........................................................................

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10.3.2 Optimization..................................................................................

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10.3.3 Other observations........................................................................

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10.4

TV-out...................................................................................................

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10.4.1 Load detection...............................................................................

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10.4.2 NTSC or PAL.................................................................................

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10.4.3 Initialization...................................................................................

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11 Touch-pad...................................................................................................

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12 Wireless NIC...............................................................................................

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12.1

Installing WLAN...................................................................................

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12.1.1 WLAN tools....................................................................................

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12.1.2 WLAN firmware.............................................................................

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12.2

Get started with WLAN........................................................................

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12.2.1 The manual way.............................................................................

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12.2.2 The GUI way..................................................................................

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13 Bluetooth.....................................................................................................

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13.1

Verify installation.................................................................................

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13.2

Using a phone modem..........................................................................

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13.2.1 Prepare the phone.........................................................................

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13.2.2 Prepare the laptop.........................................................................

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13.2.3 Static configuration.......................................................................

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13.2.4 Dynamic routine............................................................................

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13.2.5 GPRS..............................................................................................

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13.3

Sending files.........................................................................................

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13.4

Mouse & keyboard...............................................................................

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13.5

KBluetooth............................................................................................

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13.5.1 Installation.....................................................................................

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13.5.2 Mouse & keyboard........................................................................

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13.5.3 Scan for devices............................................................................

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13.5.4 Lock screen...................................................................................

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13.5.5 Transfer files.................................................................................

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14 Infrared.......................................................................................................

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14.1

Configuring IrDA..................................................................................

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14.2

Testing IrDA.........................................................................................

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15 Modem........................................................................................................

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15.1

Installing daemon.................................................................................

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15.2

Potential issue......................................................................................

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15.2.1 Connecting....................................................................................

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15.2.2 Disconnecting................................................................................

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15.2.3 System hang..................................................................................

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16 References..................................................................................................

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Appendix A – /etc/X11/xorg.conf.......................................................................

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Appendix B – dual-head.sh................................................................................

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Appendix C – dun-bind.sh.................................................................................

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Appendix D – /etc/init.d/slmodemd...................................................................

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F8­x86_64 on the Acer Ferrari 3400LMi

1 Introduction

This document is primarily designed for my own records for future use. However, it is always nice if it may help others to get started with Linux on their laptops. The steps to get things to play on the Acer Ferrari 3400 Lmi are described here. Most procedures are general and may be useful for other hardware as well.

! ! ! WARNING ! ! !

However, I must warn those of you that still enjoy the luxury of an independent mind and free will. Stay away! Do not ever lay your hands on the Ferrari.

The same warning applies to the GNU/Linux software platform in general. It was several years ago my self defense was totally broken.

The combination is truly devastating! I have noticed strange things happening to me since I got My Precious...

Please feel free to comment on any topic or possible improvements in this document.

1.1 Version

This is an updated version of this document. This time I have chosen to install Fedora 8 x86_64, and many things has really changed to the better. The first version dealt with FC4­x86_64, and there are no major changes for FC5­x86_64. Consequently, if you are heading for FC4 or FC5 you probably want to have a look at the previous version of this document. While some details may be specific for Fedora, most stuff should translate to other distributions as well.

1.2 Quick reference guide

I've got all of the hardware working. Although, somethings need some extra tweaks. A summary may be found in the table below

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Hardware

Status

Details

CPU

OK

Mobile AMD Athlon 64

 

 

3000+

PCI Bridge

OK

VIA VT8237

 

 

[K8T800/K8T890 South]

Display

OK

15” SXGA TFT

 

 

(1400x1050)

Graphics

OK

ATI Mobility Radeon 9700

card

 

128 MB, 8x AGP

RAM

OK

512 MB DRAM (extended

 

 

to 2GB)

Hard drive

OK

Original: Hitachi

 

 

Travelstar 80 GB Ultra

 

 

ATA 100,

 

 

IC25N080ATMR04-0,4200

 

 

rpm

 

 

Upgrade: Seagate

 

 

Momentus, 160 GB,

 

 

ATA/ATAPI-6,5400rpm,

 

 

ST9160821A

NIC (wired)

OK

Broadcom NetXtreme

 

 

BCM5788 Gigabit Ethernet

NIC

OK

Broadcom BCM4306

(wireless)

 

802.11b/g W-LAN

Modem

OK

VIA AC'97 56k Modem.

DVD drive

OK

Matshita DVD-RAM

 

 

UJ-825S(DVD/CD +/- R/W,

 

 

DVD-RAM)

Sound

OK

VIA VT8233/A/8235/8237

 

 

AC97 Audio

Touchpad

OK

Synaptics SynPS/2 with 4

 

 

multi-buttons

ACPI

OK

Suspend to RAM,

 

 

Suspend to disk, etc.

Special

OK

Mail, web, P1, P2, volume,

keys &

 

mute, Fn-*,etc.

buttons

 

 

Notes

No configuration needed. Frequency scaling works out of the box.

No configuration needed.

No configuration needed.

Full functionality with the radeon driver, see below.

No configuration needed.

No configuration needed.

No configuration needed.

Use kernel module b43, see comments below.

Unstable. See below for configuration.

No configuration needed.

No configuration needed.

No configuration needed. Multi-buttonsworks as well.

No configuration needed. Works out of the box.

See below for configuration.

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