- Pentium M 760 (2,0GHz)
- 1024MB Ram
- 80GB SATA-Festplatte
- Grafik: Intel GMA900
- Display: 1400x1050 Pixel SXGA+
- IEEE1394- (Firewire) Connector (not tested yet)
- USB 2.0
- Network: Broadcom BCM5751 (Gigabit Ethernet)
- WLAN: Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG
- Modem: Agere HDA Modem 56k
- Sound: Intel HD Audio with Realtek ALC260 Chipset
- ExpressCard-Slot (not tested yet)
- CD-/DVD-Writer NEC ND-6500A
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. Mobile Memory Controller Hub (rev 03) 0000:00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corp. Mobile Graphics Controller (rev 03) 0000:00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corp. Mobile Graphics Controller (rev 03) 0000:00:1b.0 0403: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04) 0000:00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 04) 0000:00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 04) 0000:00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 04) 0000:00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 04) 0000:00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 04) 0000:00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 04) 0000:00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 04) 0000:00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801 PCI Bridge (rev d4) 0000:00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801FBM (ICH6M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 04) 0000:00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) IDE Controller (rev 04) 0000:00:1f.2 0106: Intel Corp. 82801FBM (ICH6M) SATA Controller (rev 04) 0000:00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 04) 0000:02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation: Unknown device 167d (rev 11) 0000:06:03.0 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc.: Unknown device 7134 (rev 20) 0000:06:05.0 Network controller: Intel Corp. PRO/Wireless 2200BG (rev 05) 0000:06:06.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB21 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)`
Debian/GNU Linux Installation
When installing Debian/GNU Linux Unstable I could not use the current Debian stable installer because the kernel it uses (2.4.XX and 2.6.8) could not detect the SATA-Harddisk or the network chipset. After having mouch trouble with the installation I now know that there is also a testing-version of the installer that probably would have worked.
I have helped me with copying an harddisk image from the old to my new notebook. Before that I had built a recent kernel on the old notebook that has all things needed to run on the new one. After copying the image I booted with Knoppix and only had to invoke lilo to install the new kernel.
Transfer of the HD Image
To transfer the harddisk image from to the new notebook, I read out the old
hasddisk with the
dd command and sent its output with
netcat to the new one:
dd if=/dev/hda2 | netcat 192.168.0.5 3124
One the lifebook I previously invoked
netcat in server mode to receive the
netcat -p 3124 -l | dd of=/dev/sda2`
To be able to increase the size of the system partition, I created a primary
system partition on the lifebook about twice as big as on the old notebook. Then
after transfering the image, I booted Knopix and invoked
resize2fs (the ext3
filesystem is also supported) to increase the filesystem size to fit exactly
into the partition size. It worked without any problems and I have not lost any
SATA-Controller and -Harddisk
Serial-ATA-Harddisks are handled as SCSI-Devices inside the Kernel. So you need
to activate Device Drivers → SCSI Device Support → SCSI low-level drivers
→ Serial ATA Support. To be able to use the Intel 915 Controller AHCI-Support
is needed, too. After booting this kernel, the harddisks can be accessed as
/dev/sdX but not as normal ATA harddisks under
The driver for the Broadcom network chipset is called
tg3 but it is removed
from the kernel sources that come with debian because of licence problems. The
official kernel from http://www.kernel.org contains it. You can find it under
Device Drivers → Networking → 1000MBit. After loading the module
tg3 it is
no problem to configure the networking card with ifconfig or ifup / ifdown.
To be able to use the wireless lan card (Intel Pro/Wireless 2200 LAN) you need
to get and compile the driver from http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/. It provides
a kernel module
ipw2200. You also need to get a firmware for this card that
can also be downloaded at that website.
The encryption method WPA is working
here without problems with kernel 18.104.22.168 and the software
But Mogu (many thanks for your note!) reports, that WPA does not work with
kernel 2.6.13 and the
ipw2200-1.0.6 drivers. He has to use WPA with
wpasupplicant and the
Update - 13.08.2006
The current kernel (2.6.17) already contains a driver for the centrino wlan chips. The driver from sourceforge.net is only needed, if you want to be able to use the monitor mode. See the german version of this post for more information.
The bluetooth-hardware is internally attached to the USB bus. To access it, you
need to enabled the bluetooth support under Device Drivers → Networking
→ Bluetooth Subsystem and the HCI USB Driver under Bluetoth Device
Drivers. To connect to a bluetooth device you also need to install the
bluez-utils. This package contains the program
hciconfig to check, if the
bluetooth subsystem is usable.
PCMCIA- / PC-Card-Slot
The PCMCIA-chip is supported by the yenta-driver. When booting the kernel it reports that it has found a PCMCIA-Cardbus bridge. I have not yet tested if a pc card or expresscard really works.
The ieee1394 (firewire) chipset is recognized by the kernel modules
ieee1394. I have no firewire device, so I have not yet tested it.
You need to load the kernel modules
ehci-hcd to use the usb. I
tested both usb 1.1 and usb 2.0 devices and they work without any problems.
Power Saving / Speedstep
After loading the kernel module
centrino-speedstep the daemon
be used to control the processor clock frequency between 800 MHz and 2 GHZ in a
I adapted the standard configuration of
cpufreqd so that the processor runs
with 800 MHz as long as the load is below 10%. If the notebook runs on battery
the processor stays at 800 MHz, if not it is switched to 2 GHz if the load is
above 10%. With this configuration the processor cooling fan does not run as
long as you do not work with the notebook.
You can check the frequency the cpu is running at with the command
The other files in this directory tell you, what minimum and maximum frequency your cpu can reach.
Update 13.11.2006: Hibernate-Modus
To be able to use the hibernate mode, you have to activate the Serial ATA Driver for Intel ICH chipsets. If you use the generic AHCI -driver, the harddisk hangs after a resume.
Additionally you have to install the
hibernate package, that controls the
deactivation and activation of the device drivers. It is necessary to enable the
Runi915resolution yes in the file
/etc/hibernate/common.conf so that
the full monitor resolution is restored after a resume.
Configuration of the X-Server
The GMA900 chipset is supported by the x-server from x.org. (Debian-package
xserver-xorg). You need to enter
i810 for the driver in the configuration
The x-server has a problem with querying the supported resolutions of the
chipset and works only up to 1280x1024 dots. So the tool
855resolution is needed
to tune the supported resolution table of the chipset. This tool has to be run
as an init script. You can also call it by hand as
855resolution 3c 1400 1050
to test the function.
When you have installed the tool as a debian package, you only have to enter the
right values in the file
The xorg.conf file should then look similar to mine:
Update - 13.09.2005
There is a x-server that supports the GMA900 without use of the
tool. You can get it at http://www.fairlite.demon.co.uk/intel.html. Replace
/usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/ shipped with the X.org
x-server with the downloaded file.
Then you need to modify the device section in your
xorg.conf file, so that it
looks like this one (the
ForceBios option is the important one):
Section "Device" Identifier "Intel MGA900" Driver "i810" Option "ForceBIOS" "1024x768=1400x1050" EndSection
Update - 12.11.2005: Xinerama
Andreas Bichler reports that Xinerama, an extension for the X-server to expand the desktop over multiple displays can be used. On the Lifebook the desktop then is expanded over the internal LC-Display and an externally connected display. Here is an example for a suitable configuration file for the x.org x-server:.
Update - 13.08.2006: 855resolution
Jens Frederik Dalsgaard Nielsen reports, that
855resolution tool has been replaced by the 915resolution tool. If you try
to install the
855resoltion package in Debian, you will get the
915resolution package installed automatically.
To use the sound card, you need the kernel modulesnd-hda-inteland a functional installation of ALSA . Sound output only works with the internal loudspeakers. Their volume is controlled by the headphone mixer. The external plug for a headphone does not work at the moment. I think that might be related to the "plug re-tasking" feature of the sound chip (see Realtek-Website - The linux drivers you can get there seem to be an older version of the ALSA sources and also do not enable the headphone output).
Update - 13.09.2005
There has been submitted a patch to the alsa project that fixes the sound driver so that the headphone output and line in will work. It should appear in one of the next alsa releases.
Now I have managed to get the internal modem chip to work. The drivers for the
hd-audio chipset contain a driver for the modem hardware. To be able to use the
driver, you need to install the package
sl-modem-daemon. It is started, when
the system is booted and creates a device file
/dev/ttySL0 for the modem, so
that it can be accessed like a normal external modem.
To let the daemon know which hardware to access, its configuration
/etc/defaults/sl-modem-daemon has to be changed:
```text SLMODEMD_DEVICE="hw:Intel,6" ````
The following hardware components do not seem to be supported at the moment:
- The buttons above the keyboard (labeled 1 to 4 and enter) do not work. They
do not raise acpi events, except the power button which works perfectly