Linux Mandrake 7.2 on Notebook:
This document provides a description of the installation and configuration
of Linux Mandrake 7.2 on an IBM ThinkPad A20p notebook computer. It can
serve as a guide for setting up your own A20p system, a reference for setting
up aspects of other machines with similar hardware.
IBM ThinkPad A20p Model 2629-6SG
The ThinkPad as I ordered it came with the following specifications:
CPU: Intel Pentium III 700Mhz SpeedStep Technology
RAM: 128MB SDRAM
Storage: 17.0 GB
Display: 15.0" TFT (1400x1050)
CDROM: Internal 6xDVD Typ Matshita SR-8174 RPC-2
Floppy: Internal NEC
Sound: Crystal SoundFusion PCI Audio
Modem: Xircom MPCI+Modem 56 WinGlobal
LAN: Intel PRO/100+ MiniPCI
Pointer: TrackPoint w/ 3 buttons
PC Slot: two Type I or Type II, or one Type III
Interfaces: Serial, Parallel, Monitor, S-Video, USB, IR
Size: 12.97" x 10.66" x 1.69"
Battery: Li-Ion 58 Wh, 10.80 V (Panasonic)
If you have more hints, write me
The ThinkPad came with Windows98SE installed, and though I tend towards
the extreme side of Linux zealotry I decided to leave the beast installed
for the time being so I could watch DVD's and use the Hibernation. For
all Partitioning issuses i dicided to use PartitionMagic 5.0x from DOS.
So I shrank the Windows partition down:
WIN98 - 4 GB
/ - 12,7 GB
/boot 128 MB
swap - 128 MB
I installed Mandrake Mandrake
7.2. The installation process went fine until the display selection.
I've choosed the Generic 1400x1050 LCD panel, the ATI rage mobility
card was correctly detected. But don't test the configuration and don't
set the graphic login (as XFree is not fully set).
Then once the confiugration ended and it reboot the A20p, log in as
Installation of PCMCIA Drivers done (autodetect) and running. (Except running
with loadlin from WIN98! Then you will not be able to load the PCMCIA Module!)
The A20p uses the ATI Mobility 128 AGP video card. At installation time
choose the Generic 1400x1050 LCD panel, the ATI rage mobility card was
correctly detected. But don't test the configuration and don't set the
graphic login (as XFree is not fully set). After reboot replace the r128_drv.o
with better support from CVS, copy the module to /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/
. (Do not enable DRI!)
Use the following XF86Config
The A20p comes with a Crystal SoundFusion PCI soundcard. Using the ALSA
snd-card-cs461x modules. Compile it with "./configure ; make install".
First you must disable "PCI Bus Power Mgmt" in BIOS menu. Push [F1] at
startup, and disable <Config> - <Power> - <PCI Bus Power Management>
(last entry, scroll down!). Otherwise you are unable to play files using
More hints you find here
from Alan Shutko.
Tha A20p includes a Xircom Modem MPCICard with PartNO: MPCI3A56GSP-100PA.
This device works great with the Lucent
WinModemDriver. Just download the file, unpack with unzip and start
./ltinst. If its not able to find the devicelink, remove the module by
./ltuninst and redo ./ltinst.
A more stable version (5.78d) of the lucent driver, you will find here.
I have not yet had a chance to test the USB port, as I have no USB devices.
If anyone has info on this, let me know and I'll update this site.
Apm is giving a correct load of my battery. apm -s working very well. For
wakeup use [Fn] and when see garbage on the screen just move the mouse
a little bit, and the desktop is ready again!
Hibarnation with running X-Server will result in unusable X-Desktop
10. Intel Ethernet Pro/100+ MiniPCI
The kernel and the module for Intel Pro/100+ working ok (Module eepro100
11. Appendix A: Files
XF86Config for XFree86 4.0.1
XFree86 3.3.6 FBDev
12. Appendix B: