Slackware 10.2 on a laptop: ACPI and even the Alps Touchpad. Part 1
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By cwwilson721 at 2006-04-02 21:53
Gateway Solo 1450LS Laptop
1.3G Mobile Celeron
256MB 133Mhz SDRAM
20 GB IDE HDD
2 USB 1.1 ports
AC '97 Intel Modem
Allegro 2 Sound
15" 1024x768 LCD + external monitor port
Intel i830m AGP Graphics
Intel PRO 10/100 Ethernet
USB Wireless Mouse
D-Link DWL-650P1 Wireless B PCMCIA card (Prism2 Chipset)
USB Flashcard Reader (512MB)
I bought this laptop new from Gateway to use on the road (I was driving an over-the-road
truck at the time, and needed it for email and movie watching).
It came with XP Professional and Office XP. After 3 years of abuse, the motherboard
power died. I got the motherboard replaced, and thought that I may as well dump XP
and run Slackware 10.2. I downloaded the first 2 CD's from slackware.com, and started the install.
I booted CD1 and pressed 'F3' to get the kernel choices. I chose 'bareacpi.i', because I needed
the ACPI functions for the laptop battery and fan.
I chose the default ketboard layout, then looged in as 'root'. I then ran 'cfdisk' and partioned
my HDD as follows:
1GB as swap
5GB as /root
5GB as /home
9GB as /
I then saved/wrote the partition table, and to be safe, rebooted. I chose the same options as before.
At the command prompt, I typed 'setup', and chose 'Install from CD'
I chose 'Automatic Full Install'. I chose this because I had the space, and will be compiling some
other programs, plus I like KDE. I chose all the package series except 'KDEI'
After the install, the 'Configure' options start. I installed the 'bareacpi.i' kernel, made a floppy bootdisk,
chose ttys0 for my modem, and 'Yes' to hotplug,
Then comes lilo. I always use 'Expert mode' and install to the MBR, remembering to start with a new header, 1024x768
screen resolution, 5 second prompt (will be needed later), and added the '/' partition (/dev/hda) in the Linux section.
In the 'mouseconfig', I selected 'USB Mouse' and to install gpm at boot.
I next configured the network. I used 'toaster' as hostname, and 'mshome.net' as domain name.
(Use whatever you want. I used 'mshome' because I have three other Windows computers in my workgroup, and confusing them is too easy!)
I chose DHCP (My router acts as a DHCP server).
In the next section, I wanted the following to run at bootup:
rc.atalk no I have no Apple/Macs on my network
rc.bind no No need for a DNS server
rc.cups no No printer attached yet.
rc.dnsmasq no DNS/DHCP server. Already have one (My wireless router)
rc.httpd yes Apache webserver
rc.inetd yes Needed for any type of networking
rc.ip_forward no Not using the laptop as a router
rc.mysqld no MySQL Database. Can be enabled later
rc.pcmcia yes Needed for PCMCIA cards
rc.portmap yes Needed for NFS mounts
rc.samba yes Samba Server (File/printer sharing for Windows)
rc.sasloauthd yes Authetication Deamon
rc.sendmail no Mail Server (Not needed. Have a mail server on my network already)
rc.syslog yes System Log
rc.sshd yes ssh shell (remote logins)
After that, I chose 'No' for custom screenfonts, and 'Local' for the time. (Choose what you wish)
I then chose 'KDE' as my default windows manager.
Then I set a password for 'root', and then rebooted after the setup completed.
The First Boot
At the lilo prompt, I chose my Slackware install, and waited. The first boot takes awhile,
because it needs to setup RSA keys, and all the hardware.
I logged in as 'root', and moved the mouse to make sure it worked.
I then typed 'adduser' and created a regular user account, accpting all the defaults.
I then typed 'xorgsetup' to get XWindows setup. Then ran 'alsaconf', 'alsamixer', and 'alsactl store'
to setup my soundcard.
I can then logout, login as a user, and run 'startx'
That concludes the basic install and setup. Next parts will deal with my specific hardware configuration,
kernel compiling,and getting eveything to work properly.