I installed Redhat 7.2 on my Winbook XL laptop (specs below). The install probe didn't find a a mouse and specifying a generic PS/2 mouse didn't allow the GUI install to continue. The text install went fine and i used all the auto/default features of the install. Unfortunately, I have yet to get the system up and running due to display, keyboard and mouse issues. I have solved the display issues (detailed below) and can display either the X window or GNOME. However, the keyboard and mouse do not work yet. The Winbook is factory spec except for the 20 Gig Western Digital Hard drive and a Xircom 10/100 XE2000 PCMCIA card.
KEYBOARD/POINTER ISSUES: I have tried kbdcfg to configure the keyboard but this has
failed when the command locks up the keyboard, necessitating a reboot. As an alternative kbdconfig gets me a window that
allows me to select a "US type keyboard which gives me no help. I have also used startx
-- test which tells me it expected to find a keyboard but didn't. As explained below, I can't use X-configurator because it asks me to confirm my display settings by using my keyboard or mouse. When I fail to respond, Xconfigurator prompts me to try again or cancel.
I AM POSTING THE FOLLOWING FOR ANYONE WITH DISPLAY ISSUES OR TRYING
TO INSTALL ON A WINBOOK XL LAPTOP.
i am pretty sure that a linux install is possible on a winbook xl. I have referred to two homepages mentioning their good results (which I have yet to duplicate).
POINTER RESOURCES: Regarding the mouse issues, i have been told that winbook uses a
standard Synaptics Touchpad. I went to the the Synaptics site and downloaded a utility to determine if i have such a pad (http://www.synaptics.com/decaf/utilities/tprev.exe
) and the utitlity says I have a generic PS/2 nonsynaptics pad.
DISPLAY RESOURCES: i solved the display issues after a long search for two excellent display resources.
Using these resources, modlines can be easily calculated by reference to VESA standards. The cacluator suggests: Modeline
"1024x768" 65 10241048 1184 1344 768 771 777 806 -hsync -vsync. This translates into
Horizontal sync frequency = 48.36
vertical sync frequency = 60.
i ran out of options with Xconfigurator, however. Xconfigurator recognized the chip
(C&T65554) and installs a default driver, recognizes the RAM (2048), and asks for the monitor type. If you specify Generic laptop, Xconfigurator tests the settings, displays a beautiful desktop and asks that i confirm the settings by typing 'y.' unfortunately, my keyboard and mouse lock up which Xconfigurator interprets a failure and prompts me to try again or cancel. You can get around this by choosing not to "test" the specifications in which case the mod line should be written to the proper file.
Before I learned this soluction, I was able to get around this problem by using xf386config but i have yet to solve my keyboard and mouse issues. I have a $39.99 incident call into Redhat. There phone system indicates that they will return my call within one business day. I have left a message and will report back on my
SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS: WinBook XL Laptop
PCMICIA CARD: Xircom 10/100 XE2000
PROCESSOR: Intel Pentium w/MMX 266
MEMORY: 128MB, EDO 60ns, 144-pin SODIMMs
CACHE: Synchronous, pipeline burst, 256k
MECHANICAL LAYOUT, Device Bays: "Three spindle" design, CD-ROM, FDD and HDD are
Chip Set: Intel Mobile Triton II, 430TX
Display Chipset: Chips & Technologies 65554
Memory Type: EDO
Memory Size: 2 MB
Maximum Color Depth/Resolution-
External Monitor: 16.7 Million colors/800x600, LCD, 13.1" TFT, Resolution: 800x600 r
HARD DRIVE: 20 GB Western Digital (replacement)
Floppy Drive: 3.5" 1.44 MB- built-in
Type: WinModem / Internal
Model: LT WinModem
Supported Standards: v.32 bis, v.32, v.34, v.90
Chip Set: Yamaha YMF715
Compatibility: SoundBlaster Pro, MS Sound System
Speakers: 2 Stereo, above keyboard
Microphone: Mono, in palmrest
Chip Set: National Semiconductor NS87338
Parallel: 1 25-pin D-sub connector, Bi-directional, EPP or ECP
Serial: 1 9-pin D-sub connector, 16550 UART
USB: 2 Universal Serial Bus Ports
PS/2: 1 mini-DIN 6-pin, keyboard or mouse
Chip Set: TI PCI 1131
Slots: 2 Type II or 1 Type III
CardBus: Both sockets
ZoomVideo: Lower socket only
# Keys: 84
Windows 95 Keys: Yes
Modes: Normal, standby and suspend
Suspend to RAM?: Yes
Suspend to Disk?: Yes
Pointing Device: 2-button Touchpad