Linux on Compaq Presario 901AP
Name: Thaweesak Buaratcharoen
The following information is experimental of installing many distros on Compaq Presario 901AP|
Lastest Update Status
2003-JUN-10 The remaining components that doesn't work is ACPI
2003-JAN-04 The remaining components those don't work are sound and ACPI
2002-NOV-04 The remaining components those don't work are ethernet, modem, sound and ACPI
CPU : Mobile AMD Athlon(tm) XP 1500+
VGA : ATI Mobility U1
Sound : ALi Audio Accelerator WDM driver
Ethernet : Realtek RTL8139
Modem : Conexant Intl HSFi V92 MiniPCI Modem
TouchPad : Synaptics PS/2 Port
Infrared : ALi Fast Infrared Controller
ACPI : ALi 7101 Power Management Controller
IEEE : Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
Nov 4th, 2002
I've tried installing a lot of RedHat base linux e.g. Linux RedHat 7.2, LinuxTLE 4.1r2, LinuxSIS 4.2a
but installation tool stop somewhere after load first dialog box that requesting for installation
Then I try to use Slackware 8.1 that I download ISO image and write to CD instead, it work!
May be Slackware was designed not to be ease of use. Anyway, I can start X-windows without
any configuration on display card.
Some elements are not function and/or I have to do more experimental list below:
Update Jan 4th, 2003
I've tested my COMPAQ Presario 901AP with the following linux distros.
Slackware 8.1: After installation, I have to upgrade LAN and modem driver, but sound and ACPI haven't been finished.
For IEEE and Irda, I don't know how to test. X-windows OK with generic VGA driver.
Mandrake 9.0: Install with command 'alt0 nousb nomce noauto'. After install I have to correct boot command by adding
'nousb nomce nousbstorage' and upgrade modem driver, other outstanding hardware problems are same as Slackware's situation
Sis 4.2a: Install with command 'linux nousb nomce noprobe'. After install I have to do the same as Mandrake. But X-windows has to be upgraded to XFree 4.2
Tle 4.1r2: Can't install even adding any option. It's possible boot image bug. I tried creating boot disk but got same result.
Redhat 7.1: Same as Sis 4.2a
Lindows 3.0: Press scroll button and use command line to install by adding 'nousb nomce' behide option. After install I have to do the same as Mandrake.
I've installed Grub as main boot loader, now my notebook has OSs list below:
1. Windows 98
2. Windows XP Pro
3. Slackware 8.1
4. Mandrake 9.0
5. SIS 4.2a
6. Lindows 3.0.
The remaining elements that are not function and/or I have to do more experimental list below:
Update Jun 10th, 2003
I'm going back to awake whole night with Linux again. But this time is better than before. Let follow:
Slackware 9.0: Install with options 'ide=nodma nousb pci=off'. After install I have to correct boot command with the same options used during installation and upgrade modem driver, Sound system is not detected automatically.
Tle 5.0: First of all, I would like to thanks NECTEC and ICT Department for their hard working to deploy very cheap but functional computer which is installed with Linux for low profile people in Thailand. Now the number of reservation is going to hundreds thousand units. This will bring Microsoft a lot of trouble in next few years.
This lastest version of Tle come with 3 installation CD. I install with options 'ide=nodma nousb nomce'. VGA card is detected during install but it's not pass screen test. So I have to select VESA 2.0 instead. After install I have to correct boot command with the same options used during installation and upgrade modem driver, Fortunately, sound system is automatically detected and it work fine. Multimedia key can be set easily with Gnome Control Center / Media Keys. But I can't find the way to set battery monitoring.
For IrDA and IEEE, IrDA has to be set using command 'serserial ttyS1' and 'irattach ttyS1'. Or store these command in /etc/rc.local file. If you want to sync with Palm base PDA you have to creat link 'ln -s /dev/ircomm0 /dev/pilot' or change device in KPilot configuration to /dev/ircomm0. IEEE is loaded but I don't test it yet.
FreeBSD 5.0: I heard that somebody has successed installing FreeBSD on this notebook. I'm going to follow that guy. Any progress I will report ASAP.
Thank you for a lot of information from:
1. Cem Servantie
2. Francisco Castanheiro
3. Marc Berenschot
4. Linux CD Team
5. Other linux user
1. Linux on Laptops
3. LinuxSIS (Linux School Internet Server)