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Precision M70

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  • Markus Härnvi
    Hi! Me and a collegue both have M70. He is running Fedora Core 3 on his, but I m still running Win XP. I d like to get rid of Windows, but M70 doesn t seem to
    Message 1 of 6 , Jun 3 9:53 AM
      Hi!

      Me and a collegue both have M70. He is running Fedora Core 3 on his, but
      I'm still running Win XP. I'd like to get rid of Windows, but M70
      doesn't seem to be the most Linux friendly laptop.

      The screen is working great with the latest nVidia. He got dual screen
      working to after some tweaking. Wifi is also no problem.

      It boils down two one big thing and a few small ones:

      * Smartcard reader. We are working with smartcards sometime and the
      Texas Instruments card reader doesnät seem to be supported on Linux.
      (small issue, we have USB readers we can use).

      * Modem. Not suported at all? Small thing.

      * Suspend to RAM/Disk. This is a big one.. I really want to be able to
      suspend both to RAM and disk.

      Here is a bug report on ACPI:
      http://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=4652

      In this thread:
      http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=51083
      someone is saying that SuSE works great:

      "Under SUSE 9.3, even suspend to disk works... which is pretty amazing."

      Can anyone confirm this?

      SuSE 9.3 is not free (as in beer) is it?

      /Markus
    • Stephen Lau
      ... Do you mean the integrated SD card reader? Is it the TI PCI7420? I have the same in my 700m, and it is not currently supported by Linux. I ve started
      Message 2 of 6 , Jun 3 10:27 AM
        Markus Härnvi wrote:

        >* Smartcard reader. We are working with smartcards sometime and the
        >Texas Instruments card reader doesnät seem to be supported on Linux.
        >(small issue, we have USB readers we can use).
        >
        >

        Do you mean the integrated SD card reader? Is it the TI PCI7420? I
        have the same in my 700m, and it is not currently supported by Linux.

        I've started writing a driver, but the progress is very very slow since
        I've never written a Linux driver before. I have the technical
        specs/documentation for the PCI7420 chip though, so that's a good start...

        >* Modem. Not suported at all? Small thing.
        >
        >* Suspend to RAM/Disk. This is a big one.. I really want to be able to
        >suspend both to RAM and disk.
        >
        >

        You can always use software suspend (swsusp). If you are running FC3,
        you can download software-suspend enabled RPMs of the kernel at:
        http://mhensler.de/swsusp/download_en.php

        They work great for me... I've been using them for a few months now. My
        current uptime is over 3 weeks. :-)

        cheers,
        steve
      • Markus Härnvi
        ... I wish you good luck! I m totally lost in C, otherwise I would gladly help. ... I read this in a thread: swsusp works, but the nvidia driver doesn t
        Message 3 of 6 , Jun 3 10:39 AM
          > Do you mean the integrated SD card reader? Is it the TI PCI7420? I
          > have the same in my 700m, and it is not currently supported by Linux.
          >
          > I've started writing a driver, but the progress is very very slow since
          > I've never written a Linux driver before. I have the technical
          > specs/documentation for the PCI7420 chip though, so that's a good start...

          I wish you good luck! I'm totally lost in C, otherwise I would
          gladly help.

          > >* Suspend to RAM/Disk. This is a big one.. I really want to be able to
          > >suspend both to RAM and disk.
          > >
          > >
          >
          > You can always use software suspend (swsusp). If you are running FC3,
          > you can download software-suspend enabled RPMs of the kernel at:
          > http://mhensler.de/swsusp/download_en.php
          >
          > They work great for me... I've been using them for a few months now. My
          > current uptime is over 3 weeks. :-)


          I read this in a thread: "swsusp works, but the nvidia driver doesn't
          support swsusp". He could use swsusp if he first closed X and unloaded
          the nvidia kernel module.

          http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=31858&goto=nextoldest

          /Markus
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