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 * NOTE: this information has been updated on [http://www.geocities.com/ubuntumatthew/aopen1557gls.html this web page] for 6.06 (Dapper Drake)
 * This laptop is sold as a barebones either from AOpen and others. Also, there are companies buying it, configuring it with hardware according to their specs, and reselling it. I bought mine through one of those companies, but if I had to do it over would buy barebones and build myself.
 * Here's a [http://club.aopen.com.tw/pss/nblargeview.asp?modelname=1557-G&img=/Products/images/NB/Products/1556G.jpg Picture] as one commenter had recommended.
 * A quick run-down on my configuration: Pentium M 745 (Dothan), ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with 128 Mb ram, Intel ipw2200 wireless b/g, wxga monitor (1400x1050 tft), 80Gb hdd, 1024 Mb ram, DVD-RW
 * Originally installed Hoary 5.04 and used that from April 2005 to October 2005. It worked adequately first time from boot, except had to use vga=771 flag (this is no longer necessary with Dapper 6.06).
 * Currently running Breezy 5.10. I tried to update from 5.04 using apt-get upgrade as I had done easily on my desktop but I had a lot of customization in my setup and just couldn't make everything work. Then I tried to do a fresh install, again using the vga=771 flag (this is no longer necessary with Dapper 6.06), and everything went flawlessly. All my drivers were there and everything worked well from the beginning...it was even better than 5.04.
 * Under 5.04 I needed to upgrade ipw2200 firmware and driver from original that shipped with the release as they were version 0.19 which worked, but were just adequate. I had to upgrade manually to the newest Intel drivers and firmware. With 5.10 the latest drivers are included. I did re-install the firmware as I had a bit of trouble with losing my connection. This fixed it. I also wanted to use WPA and so I had to install wpa_supplicant. Info on how to install these is [http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=26623 here.]
 * Video is great for 2D in original config, but for 3D must install fglrx ATI driver which can be done from the repositories and is both easy and works great.
 * With the ATI driver version 8.16.20 installed I have not been able to get hibernation or sleep to work
 * Processor scaling works well
 * Sound works well
 * On 5.04 I needed to enable dma for all drives to function at full speed capability, on 5.10 it was enabled automatically and works measurably better/faster than it did under 5.04
 * Card reader does not work
 * PCMCIA works, with plug'n'play
 * USB works, with plug'n'play
 * Haven't tried the modem
 * Ethernet card works great
 * Touchpad works perfectly
 * I haven't tested the Irda port. I have been told that [http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=504374&postcount=2 this method] will get it working. If/when I test it out I will post an update.
 * Can read/write cd's fine. Viewing/reading/writing DVD's works well.
 * Hardware buttons above the keyboard for audio do not work
 * Hardware buttons on left of keyboard will work if you install the package "lineakd" from the repositories
 * I can use the dual-display capability via the ATI driver noted above. So far I have only tested the clone display option using a video projector. I can not set different display resolutions for the two outputs, though so I either have to reset the laptop's display to 800x600 to match the projector or just put everything that needs to be projected in the right place on my laptop screen. I haven't tested the "extend desktop" option.
 * Overall I am very pleased--the configuration issues I have encountered have been minor, and there were fewer with 5.10 than there were with 5.04. Also, any necessary solutions to vital needs have all been on the [http://www.ubuntuforums.org Ubuntu forums] or this wiki
 * ["Matthew5"] wrote this entry and invites anyone with questions to click on the link to find his email address and write him.
 * NOTE: current information for this laptop is available on [http://www.geocities.com/ubuntumatthew/aopen1557gls.html this web page].

Notes on installation and compatibility of Ubuntu with laptop computers made by some other companies less known.


AOpen 1557GLS


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Chiligreen Agilitas M7-470K

  • Athlon 64, ATI Radeon 9600
  • Warty: Xwindows doesn't work
  • Hoary Array 3: everythink is working, except Grub Installer hangs, see bug: #6082


Compal CL-56 (AKA MWave CL-56, XNote Premier Plus, Chembook 2056, etc.)

  • This is a popular off-brand laptop, and is branded under many names including MWave, XNote, Chembook, Fragbook, and more. For reference, it's normally dark blue with a silver stripe around the keyboard, and has a 15" SXGA screen.
  • To install, you need to change the fbcon to mode 770, or the installer will crash. See the help in the installer loader, it has an example of how to do this.
  • Most things work out of the box, except (if you have the internal wifi option), the wifi will be disabled using software lockout. You must install the acerhk module, and then activate it. [http://www.informatik.hu-berlin.de/~tauber/acerhk/ Look here for the module]. You will need to install linux-headers to build it. To activate: {{{modprobe acerhk usedritek=1 autowlan=1 force_series=290

echo 1 > /proc/driver/acerhk/wirelessled }}} You will probably want to place this in a startup script.

  • acerhk is also required if you wish to use the function+volume, mute, and some other laptop special keys.
  • ACPI suspend does not appear to work with Warty and linux 2.6.8. The laptop will suspend, but will not resume.
  • PCMCIA is not tested.
  • This laptop has a Mobile Radeon 9600 graphics chip. Use the fglrx ATI drivers if you need 3d acceleration.


ECS G551 (Combo Drive Model)

  • Pressing F12 crashes the system.
  • Sleep & Hibernate (Disk and RAM) works via CLI.

  • Burning of CDs inside Nautilus is supported.
  • ATI fglrx configured without any problems (M9).
  • Realtek RTL 8180 Mini-PCI Wireless is only possible with Ndiswrapper.
  • ICH4 AC97 softmodem not yet configured, but will work most likely.
  • Flash drives are detected without any problems.
  • Digital Cameras work fine as well.
  • Overall, everything works fine if tweaked properly.


Note: the M68xx series includes the 05, 07, 09, 10 and 11 models. What works on one should work on another.

eMachines 6807

  • All works.
  • For the wireless card to work. Just install the ndiswrapper from the synaptic package manger.

eMachines M2350

  • All works except for sound by default.
  • For sound, in a mixer, disable all jack sense and external amplifier switches.


Gateway Solo 5300

  • Sound Works (confirmed)
  • Built-in Ethernet works (Xircom something-or-another) (confirmed)
  • LCD Display works (confirmed)
  • Fonts look good. (confirmed)
  • 'X' cursor on by default. Using Option "HWCursor" "false" fixes it. (confirmed)
  • Modem Untested
  • Battery Meter doesn't work. (confirmed)
  • Fn+F4 (Gateway's Standby Hotkey) doesn't do anything. (confirmed)
  • Volume hotkeys (Fn+Home [Mute], Fn+PgUp [VolUp], Fn+PgDn [VolDn]) don't work. (confirmed)

  • Haven't tried external monitor switching yet.
  • USB does work. (as opposed to previous unconfirmed status)

Gateway 4024GZ

  • No sound
  • When lid is closed, system cannot be brought out of suspend (hibernate?) without reboot (X or CLI).
    • *The system responds to the power button when not in X and powers down gracefully. When in X, the
    • *display only shows a blinking cursor and the power button shuts down forcefully.
  • LCD display works
  • Modem untested
  • USB and hotplug work
  • Built-in ethernet works (Realtek)
  • No wifi (built-in Broadcom 802.11G) (ndiswrapper?)
  • Battery meter works
  • Fn+F4 (Gateway's Standby Hotkey) doesn't work.

Gateway 3522GZ

Using Dapper:

  • Sound works
  • Wireless works
  • Display works w/native resolution using 915resolution
  • Ethernet works
  • Volume control dial works
  • Card reader doesn't work
  • Haven't been successful in getting suspend-to-disk working.
    • Doesn't work on Hoary, but does in Dapper Drake.


Mecer N223II


Mitac 7521

  • Suspend, Modem, IrDA: Untested
  • Keyboard buttons: Not working
  • Sound, Video, Mouse: Works wonderfully


MSI MegaBook S270

A sub-notebook, with 512MB RAM, AMD Mobile Sempron 2800+ and ATI Radeon graphics.

  • Installation of Kubuntu: Works without problems
  • Screen: 1280x800 properly detected, but xorg.conf needs Option "noaccel" otherwise Linux crashes. You do not need noaccel with X.org 6.9 or newer any longer. You can manually upgrade X.org (difficult) or wait until Dapper is released. 3D Acceleration works only with the ATI fglrx driver.

  • Sound: Dapper: No Problems. Breezy: Needs to be manually configured as well or you can use Kernel 2.6.14 or newer. Again you can manually upgrade the Kernel (not so difficult).
  • Kernel: Dapper: Works well. Breezy: You need the noapic boot option, otherwise the system clock runs twice as fast. With 2.6.10 you can not activate UDMA for your harddrive, this problem goes away if you upgrade to 2.6.12. With 2.6.14 or newer you can use disable_timer_pin_1 instead of noapic to work around the double timer speed problem.
  • Lan: Works without problems
  • W-LAN (ipn2220): Works with ndiswrapper. Difficult to configure, nothing for beginners, sometimes crashes the system at initialization. It looks like newer models were sold with an other (much more Linux friendly) wireless lan card.
  • DVD-burner: Reading and writing works
  • Card-reader: Does not work, only a slight hope it will work one day.
  • PCMCIA: untested, but seems to be supported
  • Bluetooth, Firewire: working
  • Brightness control with special keys: Seems to be controlled directly by the notebook/BIOS, so it works always regardless of the OS. There is a tool around which is able to control the brightness under linux.
  • Cool n Quiet: Fan runs only if needed but sometimes this seems to be not get activated during boot -> fan runs always

  • Powernow: powernow-k8: The DSDT is broken you have to fix it manually or you wont be able to change the frequency of your cpu.
  • Battery status: Is displayed correctly

Conclusion: With Dapper most work out of the box, except Cool n Quiet. Moreover the wireless-lan is a pain and the cardreader does not work.


Panasonic Let's Note R3

Panasonic Toughbook R1n

  • network, sound, USB2.0/1.1 ports, graphics, laptop mode and cpu throttling works fine.
  • Synaptics touchpad works and Ubuntu X has support for the circular edge scroll, but you need to activate it manually in XF86Config.
  • ACPI works mostly - battery level, temperature and so on is read fine
  • You need a separate driver to use brightness, volume and the other controls on the function keys. It can be found [http://www.netlab.is.tsukuba.ac.jp/~yokota/archive/pcc_acpi-0.8-hy20040929.tar.gz here], and related acpi scripts are [http://www.netlab.is.tsukuba.ac.jp/~yokota/archive/pcc-acpi-utils-20041013.tar.gz here], though they need to be tweaked a bit to fit Ubuntu.

  • External monitor output works with a utility called i810switch, available in Universe.
  • Suspend to disk works on Hoary (3/16/05).
  • Suspend to ram does not work; it never comes back from sleep.
  • PCMCIA works.
  • Modem, SD card reader untested. Modem is unknown, and indications are that the SD reader will not work.


Sager NP5690

  • Currently running Hoary
  • Display, ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9700 128MB DDR, 1400x1050 works
  • Ethernet (realtek) works
  • USB 2.0 ports, sound, touchpad, all work
  • Internal modem not tested
  • Hibernate not attempted, does not seem to work out of the box, only tried it quickly
  • Battery monitor works
  • CPU throttling (powernowd) does not work, this is a P4 w/hyperthreading, not currently supported
  • 6-in-one card reader does not work
  • Details for this laptop can be found at [http://www.sagernotebook.com/pages/notebooks/product.cfm?ProductType=5690#5690 the discount laptops page on this model].


Samsung P10

Installation is no problem. Didn't test the built-in modem as I do not need it. Network, Audio, Video, Touchpad, USB, Battery Indicator work perfect.

Suspend to RAM somewhat works, but after waking up the screen is scrambled with psychedelic colors and the machine is effectively locked up (not possible to change to terminals etc). So don't use Suspend to RAM at this moment.

Samsung R50

...see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LaptopTestingTeam/SamsungR50

Samsung X15

Basically works out of the box. Video, audio, touchpad all fine, USB mouse works too. Wireless LAN needs ndiswrapper, but then works fine.

CPU throttling works, but battery indicator does not work (using Warty, at least).

Function keys (brightness, volume, battery indicator) don't work, I haven't investigated yet.

Haven't tested PCMCIA, modem, external monitor, or suspend yet.

Samsung GT9000 Series

This laptop is quite old now but Breezy installed just fine. Runs very slow with the standard RAM but an upgrade sorts this out.

Touchpad (including the scroll buttons), screen, Intel i830 AGP graphics, USB, LAN, audio all works fine with no special configuration needed. No wireless built in but PCMCIA worked right away too and I am successfully using a Draytek 802.11b wireless card. Haven't tested the built-in modem as I have no use for it. Suspend to hard drive works.

Battery indicator works 95% of the time but I have seen it tell me I am running on battery power sometimes when the laptop is actually plugged in. It'll popup a message saying you're about to run out of power but nothing happens. Haven't tested an external monitor.


Sharp Actius MM10 (aka PC-MM1110)

An amazing number of things are supported and detected automatically by Ubuntu (4.10 Warty): audio and video chipsets, XFree86 configuration, Synaptics touchpad, and the built in wireless device all work just like that. It's great! But with some tweaks we can get it to work even better:

  • WinXP Dual Boot

Not that you would, but if you'd like to keep the existing WinXP install you're in luck! The factory installed file systems are Fat32 and can be resized with GNU parted. Windows, in its anti-competitive ways, was continually overwriting my grub-installed MBR. The fix on [http://geocities.com/epark/linux/grub-w2k-HOWTO.html this page] helps.

  • Touch Pad Sensitivity

The default settings were a bit too hectic for me. Add these values to the synaptics InputDevice section in /etc/X11/XF86Config-4

        Option  "MinSpeed"    "0.05"
        Option  "MaxSpeed"    "0.20"
        Option  "AccelFactor" "0.0002"
  • Suspend to RAM / Hard Disk

Both can be made to work. I basically followed the excellent instructions for ACPI in the SuspendHowto. Suspending to memory (sleep) is easy: do what's in the howto, but in addition you need to rmmod the orinoco_pci and orinoco modules first thing in your suspend script (maybe there are better drivers for the prism 2.5 chipset out there? orinoco won't let you scan for access points etc).

I have the problem that the screen won't turn off, but go an unhealthy bright white instead. My workaround is to sleep a few seconds so I can turn off the screen manually with Fn-F11 before it suspends Wink ;)

Suspend to disk (hibernate) is way cooler of course. SuspendHowto has all the information. You need to re-compile the kernel, but don't need to get any patches. Add the same orinico lines to your hibernate.sh script.

  • More Info

[http://web.mit.edu/jjl/www/mm10/ This person's page] has more technical information.

Sharp Actius MP30

  • The Hoary Hedgehog 5.04 release works well. I had to add a GRUB kernel option of i8042.nomux in /boot/grub/menu.lst to get the touch pad to work, but I was able to plug in and use a USB mouse right away.
  • I have not been able to get the built-in wireless to work yet, but a guy named Carl got it to work here: http://www.cameltail.com/projects/sharp/, so I'm still hopeful. He was using Slackware 10.0 and the madwifi driver.

  • Power management is a little weird, but I haven't tried tweaking it yet. The fan still comes on just like normal when the screen is closed and the processor should be idle.
  • I have not tested the modem or the display adapter yet.
  • The play-a-DVD-without-booting feature works fine.

UPDATE: The DVD-playing-without-booting feature got hosed somewhere. I installed the Hoary preview, and it still worked afterwards. Then I installed SuSE 9.1 and Hoary 5.04, and it doesn't work any more (which is actually fine with me).

More info at http://pingswept.org/index.php?p=57


Targa Visionary 811 2800+ (aka Lidl-laptop)

The only thing in current breezy (2005-08-13) is the modem (sl-modem does not exist on amd64) and that suspend-to-ram doesn't seem to wake up again.

I haven't tried fglrx since hoary sometime. Just ask me and I will do try again.


Targa Traveller 826T MT32 (also a Lidl laptop)

This is a Turion64 system with some ATI chipset.

  • HHD controlelr not recognised in hoary (with no DMA used as a result), works okay in breezy
  • wireless works with ndiswrapper
  • touchpad works (seems to emulate a mouse?), but no way to configure it...
  • clock running too fast problem, fix: http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showpost.php?p=285480&postcount=9

  • ATI Radeon Mobility X700 works in hoary (ati & fglrx) & breezy (ati driver, will test binary driver soon)

  • audio works only with headphones (why don't the build-in speakers work under ubuntu?)
  • powernow2 doesn't work... Sad :-(

More info when I can try or fix things.


Notebook Twinhead D212A

  • AMD XP 1500+LV
  • 640 MB RAM
  • Chipset VIA
  • Video VIAS3 Prosavage 32MB
  • USB 2.0
  • DVD/CD RW Matsuchita

Ubuntu version tested: 5.10 Live CD The installation was smooth, and incredibly fast, The installer recognised every device also some external devices such as Hard drives (USB Maxtor 250 GB) a PC card reader (7 in 1 from Bytestor) an external sound card (from Trust) an external USB Keyboard. I had a fully functional LINUX system in less than 10 minutes.. The Network detection wa also immediate and trouble free, after the installation I just needed to enter the IP address, the DNS server and the Network submask... and ready to surf the web.

The dual boot is still pending however I will do it in a near future.

UPDATE 14/Mar/06

I managed to configure a dual boot using this Laptop but running Ubuntu from my external hard drive (Maxtor 250 GB) and Win XP from the internal HD, although not as straight-forward, the installation was succefull, again every single device in my laptop was recognised immediately. Hey UBUNTU is simply great... it runs so smoothly, it is quite fast, I could notice a significant increment in performance compared with WinXP

se DaBruGo posting on http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=80811

I hope this helps



Uniwill N244II0 (LAC LUCGM Centrino)

Almost Everything Just Works with the Warty installer. It's rock solid. X.org from Hoary gets DRI working, and OpenGL is working well enough.

The Smartlink modem (AC'97) requires the 'sl-modem-daemon' and the 'sl-modem-modules' built to match the kernel. This modem does not work with the intel8x0m ALSA driver, only with the slamr module. After building and installing that module, it dials out just fine. My laptop has an Atheros based Wifi card in it (optional equipment) that works great with the Madwifi drivers. The built in ethernet card is well supported by the e100 driver and works flawlessly.

With a little effort, suspend to disk works too, using a kernel patched with the Software Suspend patches from http://softwaresuspend.berlios.de/ and the associated 'hibernate' script.

ACPI S3 suspend to RAM does not work at this time, in Linux 2.6.9. I don't know for certain if it's a BIOS problem or a Linux ACPI problem, though I suspect the latter. The screen remains dark after attempting to resume, and I suspect that what's wrong is that the video board hardware state is not getting restored.

This particular laptop came with a 1400x1050 built-in LCD, even though Uniwill only mentions it as a 1024x768 display. (Not all N244II0 laptops have the larger screen.) The VBIOS does not have a mode defined for the higher resolution, so out of the box, X will not run higher than 1024x768. I found a program called '822resolution' (http://perso.wanadoo.fr/apoirier/) that allows me to modify the VBIOS tables, adding a new mode. In order for this to work in concert with software suspend, it must be done from an initrd, so the new mode is in the BIOS when X comes back to life. Scripts that set this up, to be placed in /etc/mkinitrd/scripts, can be found at http://www.laclinux.com/~karlheg/. The display is kind of fuzzy at 1024x768, but at its full 1400x1050 native resolution, it's crisp.

The synaptics touchpad works fine, though I prefer to carry a USB mouse. Hotplugging USB devices (USB v1.1 and v2.0) works great, no issues whatsoever, no special boot options required.

There are a few flaws in this laptop model that I should mention. With older versions of the BIOS, polling the battery status via ACPI too often would cause keyboard and pointer interrupts to get dropped. That made the pointer jump around randomly and it would even push GUI buttons sometimes. A BIOS upgrade swats the bug; a workaround is to not poll the battery state very often -- shut off the Gnome panel battery applet. The other flaw is that when there is a full 1Gb of RAM installed, and Linux is compiled with highmem support, the machine moves at a snails pace. Without highmem support, you cannot access all of the RAM. The workaround is to add "mem=1008M" to the kernel boot command line, to get almost all of the RAM available. More than that makes it slow way down. (Anyone know why? Please explain it to me! (KarlHegbloom))

From KeithBachman Fri Apr 29 04:34:41 +0100 2005 From: Keith Bachman Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 04:34:41 +0100 Subject: eMachines M6807 architecture used? Message-ID: <20050429043441+0100@https://www.ubuntulinux.org>

What architecture did you use when testing your M6807? i386, or amd64?

I'll be putting it on this weekend, if I hit any snags I'll post them here. I have an M6805. The entire series (only difference in models is CPU speed, amount of RAM, HD capacity, and a DVD/CD-RW or a DVD burner) has the same motherboard, but has some tweaks. I'll work on writing it up for later addition to that section.


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