Date of writing: July 30, 2002
Status: In progress (hopefully ;-) )
The notebook has a 20 GB disk with preinstalled WinXP Home, the whole
disk is formatted as FAT32. For using it as a dual boot system I used Partition
Next step:Booting Linux with a RedHat-Kickstart
diskette and installing via NFS:
- Shrinking the first partition to 5200 MB
- Adding a Linux partition of 64 MB for /boot
- Adding a Swap partition of 512 MB (which might not be sufficient when
using 768 MB RAM and 2.4 kernel)
- Adding 5200 MB Linux partition for /
- Adding 8100 MB FAT32 partition for sharing files between WinXP and
The network card was detected automatically.
Generic PS2 mouse with 3 button emulation worked for the touchpad.
Using GRUB as boot loader and installing it in the master boot record. Booting
Linux and WinXP afterwards without problems.
Graphics accelerator ATI Radeon Mobility M6 with 16 MB detected.
Selected Acer LM554, 24bit 1024*768 as monitor (see below !!!)
- The main problem after installation were frequent system freezes, which
made the system more or less useless. The system freezes totally, i.e. also
access via ssh etc. is not possible. It is probably relatated to the X-Server.
I tried different configurations by help of "Xconfigurator" and "xf86cfg"
without success. I copied XF86config and XF86config-4 from an other
notebook which has the horizontal refresh set rate to 40.4 kHz instead of
a range and that seems to solve the problem. The vertical rate is 60 Hz.
No freezes since then.
A few weeks later I'm not sure if this is the
real explanation: I had no more systems freezes, but on an identical Aspire
I had'nt any freezes at all although I modified the refresh rates to the
ranges which seem to stop the other notebook.
- Switching to text mode (Ctrl-Alt-F1) works but switching back (Ctrl-Alt-F7)
to X11 freezes the display. But the system keeps running so you can login
remotely and reboot.
- The display sometimes flickers after those problems. Restarting the
X-Server (Ctrl-Backspace) helps.
- Internal modem:
I have downloaded slmdm-2.6.16_i386.tar from
SmartLink. Built and installed the rpm-packages easily
as described. Works fine. This is a good example for Linux support !
- The sound system (detected by sndconfig) works but it is very hushed.
gmix from package gnome-media presents some buttons which help to have
a satisfying loudness, at least for the speakers quality ;-)
- X-CD-Roast works fine.
- Tried an USB Memory stick with 128 MB (mkdir /stick; mount /dev/sda1
/stick). Seems to work fine.
Intel Fortran Compiler
- Installed the
NetCDF-Library. Works fine
on the ext3-Partition, but fails to write to the FAT32-Partition. This is probably not
notebook specific and might be avoided by compiling the library on the FAT32. I will try tomorrow ;-)
4) What I haven't tried (until now):
- Configure power management
- Trying to send or receive fax messages via internal modem
- Playing Video-DVDs
- Using the TV set connection
- Using PCMCIA Cards (i.e. WLAN)
Lukas Valle provides information for running SuSE on the Acer Aspire 1400.
- The notebook comes with 256 MB RAM installed. I bought 512 MB RAM and
installed it in the "user-upgradeable" slot. It was easy, although
the plastic tabs holding the module are softish and the module sliped out
again twice after some time. Now it seems to hold. Unfortunately, the upgrade
to 1 GB RAM means to throw away the first 256 MB, because the notebook is
delivered with 256 MB only.
- The three initial battery loading cycles (conditioning) took about
3 hours for loading (power off) and 100 minutes for using memtest86-2.8
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