MedionMD6200

Current Issues

  • Please can you post the output of dmidecode for this laptop -PaulSladen

    $ sudo dmidecode -s system-manufacturer
    $ sudo dmidecode -s system-product-name
    $ sudo dmidecode -s system-version
    • Of course, see Hardware details.
  • Microphone recording is on slider 'Capture', while direct microphone output is on slider 'Microphone'.
    • This is most definately a bug, please file against alsa or linux-source. -PaulSladen

    • Ok, it seems a bit strange to me, for recording from the microphone I have to use the 'Capture' channel, but for direct playback the 'Microphone' channel. There is also a 'Mic Select' with 'Mic1' and 'Mic2', but that doesn't seem to do anything. A bit more descriptive names or more documentation wouldn't hurt I think. I'll do some more research soon. Also see Sound/Problems/Mic -PTT

  • Since I upgraded to Dapper and 1.25GB RAM suspend to disk doesn't work, that is, it does suspend, but when booting again it starts the normal way. I have 515 MB Swap, maybe that's the reason. I'll test it with less RAM.
    • Yes, suspend-to-disk works by paging the whole system out to Swap. Depending on the actual usage of RAM you'll possibly need quite alot more Swap space than that! :) -PaulSladen

    • Here the problem is the swap partition isn't activated after recovering from/booting after hibernating. I can activate it by running mkswap /dev/hda2 and swapon -a, only the last command gives swapon: /dev/hda2: Invalid argument. -PTT

      • What is in cat /proc/swaps? -PaulSladen

        • now it contains hda2, after hibernation it's empty.

          Filename                                Type            Size    Used    Priority
          /dev/hda2                               partition       538168  0       -1
  • Sleep (Suspend to Ram) isn't working with the nvidia driver. I does suspend, but doesn't come up right, with agpgart the screen turns on, but shows (beautifull) garbage, but reacts (at least) to Alt-SysRq-S-U-B. With nvagp the screen stays black, only the fan turns on, the power led even keeps flashing, and the system doesn't react to anything but a 4s power button press, after that power and battery have to be removed before being able to boot.

Low priority:

  • CPU Throttle buttons don't work.
    • Not really sure what to do about these. They are pretty crackful and generally it's best to prevent direct user control of the FAN and CPU---on Ubuntu these should be scaled automatically as required. I've seen your scripts below and I'll think on it... -PaulSladen

    • The CPU throttling isn't usefull for automatical use, because it just forces N of 8 instructions to be HLT, so you can't use a part of your clock cycles. A bit useless nonetheless. -PTT
      • What do you think about just mapping these to KEY_PROG3 and KEY_PROG4? -PaulSladen

        • Seems right, is it detectable that these keys exist? -PTT
          • Yes, that's what the dmidecode data is used for:

                    MEDION*)
                    case "$name" in
                        *FID2060*)
                        . /usr/share/hotkey-setup/medion-md6200.hk
                        ;;
                    esac
                    ;;

            -PaulSladen

  • Mail LED doesn't work (I never got it working under windows either, because the lack of MS Outlook).
    • Could probably write a separate DBus utility and hope that Evolution sends some useful signals out (there's is a probably a libnotify applet that can be copied and extended with an option this this laptop model. -PaulSladen

Good work around, hard to really solve: (I think)

  • Fans needs to be turned on and off before they turn off automatically (temperature based). It's very annoying but solvable with a small script, see below. Everything is working normally, but it is a lot quieter (but not silent) if the fans are 'off'. It's enough noise to keep me from running linux on it. But I guess for specific laptop problems people should look here on the wiki.
    • Is this a need or just a it's quieter if they are, my ThinkPad R52 spins the fan pretty much all the time and I think it's becoming more widespread, especially with faster CPUs -PaulSladen

PS. I had a irreversible hard disk error some weeks ago, with 'remounting readonly', so there's a chance not al problems are purely software related.

Hardware details

dmidecode:

System Information
        Manufacturer: MEDION
        Product Name: FID2060
        Version:
  • Intel Pentium 4 2.60 GHz
  • nVidia GeForce FX Go5200 - 64 MB RAM

  • 5.1 audio, Card: SiS SI7012, Chip: Realtek ALC650F (module: snd_intel8x0)
  • 15" TFT XGA (1024x768)
  • HD 40 GB Hitachi 4200 rpm / 2 MB
  • 2 x 256 MB DDR PC 2700 Siemens -> Upgraded to 256 MB + 1 GB

  • Samsung CDRW/DVD SN-324B
  • Synaptic 4 button touchpad
  • Neodio USB-Storage-CFC MMC/SD MSC SMC
  • SiS 900 Fast Ethernet 10/100
  • Intel 537AA Modem 56K V90
  • Creatix CTX712 Wireless LAN miniPCI Card (Prism2, 802.11b)
  • O2Micro OZ6912 CardBus-controller

  • 1 x PCMCIA type II
  • 2 x Cardreader (6 in 2)
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x PS/2
  • 1 x TV out
  • 1 x VGA
  • 1 x IEEE 1394 FireWire

  • 1 x LAN (RJ45)
  • 1 x modem (RJ11)
  • 1 x COM
  • 3 x mini jack, Front + Mic/Center + Line in/Rear
  • 1 x Irda
  • New mail LED

in Breezy?

in Dapper (current development)?

Installation works?

Ok

Untested

Hardware Information

Screen & Monitors

Device

Works?

Bug #

in Breezy?

in Dapper (current development)?

Screen

Ok

Ok

Correct resolution?

Ok

Ok

Correct refresh rate?

Ok

Ok

3D Acceleration

Ok (nvidia)

Ok (nvidia)

External monitor works?

Untested

Untested

External monitor - mirrors

Untested

Untested

External monitor - extend desktop

Untested

Untested

Power Management

Battery detected?

Ok

Ok

Hibernates?

Ok

No, swap problem

Sleep

No (nvidia)

Ok (nv) / No (nvidia)

Dim monitor on battery

Ok

Ok

Blank monitor on inactivity

Untested

Untested

Lid Close

Ok

Ok

Cpu frequency scaling

No

No

Sound

Sound works?

Ok

Ok (5.1 Untested)

Correct volume?

Ok

Ok

Hardware volume switch

Ok

Ok

Headphone jack

Ok

Ok

Mic jack

Untested

Ok, on 'Capture' instead of 'Microphone'

Networking

Wired NIC

Ok

Ok

Wireless NIC

Ok

Ok

PCMCIA NIC

Untested

Untested

Firewire

Ok (tested with DV and HDD)

Untested

Bluetooth

N/A

N/A

Modem

Untested

Untested

Infrared

Ok

Untested

Touchpad & Mice

Touchpad

Ok

Ok

Touchpad - Doubletap = double click

Ok

Ok

Touchpad - Scroll down side

Ok

Ok

External mouse - USB

Ok

Ok

External mouse - Serial

Untested

Untested

Docking Station/Port Replicator

AC through replicator

Untested

Untested

USB

Untested

Untested

Serial

Untested

Untested

Parallel

Untested

Untested

External Monitor - VGA

Untested

Untested

External Monitor - DVI

Untested

Untested

Modem

Untested

Untested

NIC

Untested

Untested

PS/2

Untested

Untested

Additional Hardware

Fingerprint reader

Untested

Untested

CD/DVD drive

Ok

Ok

PCMCIA cards

Untested

Untested

Parallel Ports

N/A

N/A

Card reader(s)

Ok

Ok

Function and other keys

Fn key

Operation

Keycode

Works?

Bug #

in Breezy?

in Dapper (current development)?

+ F2

Wireles On/Off

Hardware

Ok

Ok

+ F3

Switch screen

Untested

Untested

+ F4

Volume up

Ok

Ok

+ F5

Volume down

Ok

Ok

+ F6

Mute

Ok

Ok

+ F7

Sleep

Untested

Ok

+ F8

Screen lightness up

Hardware

Ok

Ok

+ F9

Screen lightness down

Hardware

Ok

Ok

+ F10

Start browser

Untested

Ok

+ F11

Start email

Untested

Ok

Other special keys

Key

Operation

Keycode

Works?

Bug #

in Breezy?

in Dapper (current development)?

Throttle CPU down

0x6b*

No

No

Throttle CPU up

0x6d*

No

No

*) These scancodes are from /var/log/syslogd

  • Could you give some information about what these keys do under MS Windows. Do the throttle keys bring up a menu, switch between minimum and maximum or gradually go up and down like a volume or brightness control? What happens when AC power or Battery is used; do these over-ride the throttling? -PaulSladen

Notes

Under MS Windows, there is a utility that manages the CPU-throttling, it has eight states between you can switch, and a default for AC power and Battery. I didn't find it very usefull, but it would be usefull to bind these keys manually to something else. When an unknown key is pressed there can be a pop-up with a question where to bind it to.

Under MS Windows there is also a utility that turns the Mail LED on when new mail arrives, it requires MS Outlook.

I have a few scripts that I had on my debian, for making the throttle keys and the automatic fan control work:

cpu - bind the command 'cpu +' to scancode 0x6d and 'cpu -' to scancode 0x6b to make the throttle keys work. (On Debian I had made it working, didn't find it usefull so under Ubuntu I haven't made it working)

CPUSPEED=`cat /proc/acpi/processor/CPU0/throttling|grep active|awk {'print $3'}|tr -d T`
case "$1" in
    +)
        if [ "$CPUSPEED" -gt "0" ] ; then
            CPUSPEED=$(expr $CPUSPEED - 1)
            echo -n $CPUSPEED>/proc/acpi/processor/CPU0/throttling
        fi
        ;;

    -)
        if [ "$CPUSPEED" -lt "7" ] ; then
            CPUSPEED=$(expr $CPUSPEED + 1)
            echo -n $CPUSPEED>/proc/acpi/processor/CPU0/throttling
        fi
        ;;
    0|1|2|3|4|5|6|7)
        echo -n $1>/proc/acpi/processor/CPU0/throttling
        ;;
    *)
        cat /proc/acpi/processor/CPU0/throttling
        ;;
esac 

fan

if [ -z $1 ] ; then
    cat /proc/acpi/thermal_zone/THRM/temperature
    echo -n -e "CPU Fan:\t\t "
    cat /proc/acpi/fan/FN1/state|awk {'print $2'}
    echo -n -e "GPU Fan:\t\t "
    cat /proc/acpi/fan/FN2/state|awk {'print $2'}
    exit 0
fi

if [ "$1" == "--help" ] ; then
    echo "fan on  - set fans on"
    echo "fan off - set fans off"
    echo "fan     - return temperature info"
fi

if [ "$1" == "on" ] ; then
    echo -n 0 > /proc/acpi/fan/FN1/state
    echo -n 0 > /proc/acpi/fan/FN2/state
elif [ "$1" == "off" ] ; then
    echo -n 3 > /proc/acpi/fan/FN1/state
    echo -n 3 > /proc/acpi/fan/FN2/state
elif [ "$1" == "onoff" ] ; then
    /usr/local/bin/fan on
    sleep 1
    /usr/local/bin/fan off
fi 

silence - place in /etc/init.d, and link /etc/rc2.d/S21silence to it to turn off the fans on boot.

### BEGIN INIT INFO
# Provides:       silence
# Required-Start: $acpi
# Required-Stop:
# X-UnitedLinux-Should-Start:
# X-UnitedLinux-Should-Stop:
# Default-Start:  21
# Default-Stop:
# Description:    Switches the FANs off
### END INIT INFO

#. /etc/rc.status

#rc_reset

case "$1" in
    start|reload)
        echo "switching the fans off"
        /usr/local/bin/fan onoff &
        #rc_status -v
        ;;
    status)
        /usr/local/bin/fan
        ;;
    stop)
        echo "switching the fans on"
        /usr/local/bin/fan on
        #rc_status -v
        ;;
esac
#rc_exit 

LaptopTestingTeam/MedionMD6200 (last edited 2010-03-01 22:30:36 by primes2h)