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Old 11-08-2003, 09:48 AM   #1
ranger_nemo
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Thumbs up FC1 works on Compaq Presaio 725US


I've had my Compaq Presario 725US for a year-and-a-half now. It came with XP Home, which lasted nearly a month. Went to RH8, then RH9. Ran pretty much successfully each time. My hard-drive died last week, so I bought a 60G replacement. Woo hoo!!! I decided to make the best of it and try a couple more distros...

Gentoo 1.4 -- Decided if I was going to do it, I'd do it right, and have it build everything. Took forever.

Knoppix 3.3 -- I have a handful of Knoppy CDs, but it's not what I want on my hard-drive. It installs EVERYTHING from the CD, then you have to spend time removing what you don't want.

Libranet 2.7 -- Figured another Deb might be better. It didn't automagic'ly set my X, but I got around that. Used apt to upgrade the system, and promptly broke it.

Decided to go back to RH, then I started reading more about Fedora. Decided to try it, and it's staying... With a few tweaks. It's the first distro to support the ACPI right off the top, and klaptop. Replaced Mozilla 1.4.1 with 1.5. Had to remove OpenOffice at the same time, so I replaced that, too, with an official download. Put on Kool-Gorrilla icons, and it's good to go.

I might even keep the graphic boot-up.

First page I found with all the specs...
<< http://reviews.cnet.com/Compaq_Presa...7-9676363.html >>
 
Old 11-08-2003, 10:02 PM   #2
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Did acpi actually work right off? Did you have to tweak at all? Disable apic?
I am curious, having run Mandrake on this laptop with the 2.4.22mdk kernel and being able to enable acpi.

Fresh Fedora install here, acpid is running. Not reporting batery info however.

HP Pavilion ZE4240

Mark
 
Old 11-08-2003, 11:12 PM   #3
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Only thing I had to do was add "acpi=on" to the entry in grub. It reports when it's plugged in, or running off the battery, and the percentage of charge. First time I've seen any of that since XP. Also gives an estimate of time left, but that seems to depend a lot on what I'm doing... Lots of disc reads/writes eat up the power.
 
Old 11-09-2003, 01:04 AM   #4
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Odd thing.
Grub is not retaining boot parameters.
I add acpi=on, but it is not running. Only acpid.
It does not show up in my boot log. When I reboot
it has vanished from Grub.

Googling like mad right now.
 
Old 11-09-2003, 01:15 AM   #5
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Sorry to reply to myself.
I just went and edited /boot/grub/menu.lst
That did the trick. I'v always used lilo before.
Does Grub not process or retain boot parameters
passed at boot time?

Engmar
 
  


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