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Old 08-20-2005, 02:34 PM   #16
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gaspra, bluto29,
terrific ! I've been looking for some information on gettng linux to work on a v2000z. I haven't begun yet, but intend to (near future) put some flavor on linux onto the laptop. What current version are you using...centos or the ubunto?

Either of you happen to try one of the BSDs?

Thanks for the posts.
bootjack
The distro I am using is centos 4.1 x86_64 +2.6.13 kernel. It is not hard to recompile kernel, google it you will find bunch of information.

Kernel 2.16.13--->solve DMA problem, better hardware support (not for WIFI yet)
"no apic" on kernel booting line--->solve 2xfast clock problem
sound seems working fine, haven't try mic yet.
ATI driver--->solve problems with video card (1280x768, no 3D acceleration anyway)
touch pad works great for most distros.
 
Old 08-21-2005, 07:20 PM   #17
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4.11 is a current & supported FreeBSD release

I understand your point, but 4.11, while a legacy branch, is a current release (2005). (Flame suite on) I have stayed on the 4.x branch because the 5.x branch has many more problems with /usr/ports than 4.x. To be fair, I have not installed 5.4 and perhaps I will as a result of my recent issues. But until June of this year, I was more successful with the 4.x releases. FYI, I have been using BSD UN*X for 25 years, so I stay pretty current WRT what is going in with *BSD.

- Bluto
 
Old 08-21-2005, 08:41 PM   #18
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fbsd 5.4 not working

Got a similar laptop here ... compaq m2217ap that uses the ATI xpress 200M chipset with AMD Sempron. FreeBSD 5.4 hangs unless you use the safe mode option and in that case, disk access would be painfully slow. Managed to get it working with fbsd 4.9 after unloading the si0 modules. Maybe you can assist me with fbsd 5.4. I have already compiled a LOT of ports for it so I want to use it. Thanks for your time
 
Old 08-21-2005, 10:46 PM   #19
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Re: fbsd 5.4 not working

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Got a similar laptop here ... compaq m2217ap that uses the ATI xpress 200M chipset with AMD Sempron. FreeBSD 5.4 hangs unless you use the safe mode option and in that case, disk access would be painfully slow.
try /sbin/hdparm /dev/hda as root
you will see if DMA mode is turned on or not. If not, HD will definitely run very slow. I would recommend to recompile kernel with latest version at kernel.org. The new kernel patched a lot of drivers for hardware.
 
Old 09-08-2005, 01:55 PM   #20
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Wireless on V2000Z works!!!

I just make wireless NIC work on my v2000z. I found this from ndiswrapper website:
http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m...index.php/List

Search for Turion you will get:

# Card: Broadcom BCM94318 built-in on Compaq Presario V2311US (V2000Z) Turion64

* Chipset: Broadcom BCM4318 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller
* pciid: 14e4:4318 (rev 02)
* Driver: Works in 64-bit mode with bcmwl5.inf (with BCMWL564.SYS) in WL_T60H906(8.0.10.0,XP64_logo) obtained from Acer at ftp://ftp.support.acer-euro.com/note...bit/80211g.zip
* Other: Fedora Core 3 x86_64 on kernel 2.6.12-1.1372_FC3 and ndiswrapper-1.2-0.lvn.3.3.rpm. Please note, does NOT work with netbc564.inf from Linuxant web site as of 8/22/05, so use the drivers from the Acer website above. Official product webpage: http://www.broadcom.com/products/Wir...tions/BCM94318

The ndiswrapper installation is very easy:
http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m...p/Installation
after loading the windows driver as shown on installation instruction, the wireless NIC light will be on. DO the configuration on installation instruction!
You shoud configure the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-wlan0 (redhat, centOS and fedora OS). Here is my ifcfg-wlan0 file:

DEVICE=wlan0
BOOTPROTO=dhcp
HWADDR= (YOUR WIRELESS MAC ADDRESS, YOU CAN FIND IT ONCE YOU INSTALL THE ndiswrapper DRIVER)
ONBOOT=yes (CHANGE ONBOOT=yes to ONBOOT=no in ifcfg-eth0 file if you want to use wlan as default)
TYPE=Wireless
USERCTL=yes
PEERDNS=yes
IPV6INIT=no
MODE=MANAGED (CHOOSE THE MODE ACCORDING TO YOUR WIRELESS NETWORK)
ESSID=(ESSID ON YOUR WIRELESS NETWORK)
KEY=(WEP KEY)

If you are not using dynamic IP address, you can refer to ifcfg-eth0 and define the IP address.

After installation, reboot, BINGO! You get wireless!

Last edited by gaspra; 09-08-2005 at 01:58 PM.
 
Old 09-12-2005, 08:11 AM   #21
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compaq v2000z with Suse 9.3 (amd64)

finally...
compaq v2000z with Suse 9.3 amd 64 network install. (used the wired for this part)
Some what easy to do. (takes a while over the net...dvd style is the way to go)
Repartitioned using Knoppix disk with that parted utility.
(goofed the first attempt by not leaving enought for win-xp...finally settled on
12 gb for winxp, 8gb fat32, the rest going to linux) (some things i do require internet explorer browser....can't seem to get firefox/konquerer/mozilla to work with them, so i have to fire up windows xp).

Cheated somewhat. I had a 11 mbs ma401 netgear card. Linux likes it fine.
Couldn't (or at least the defaults wouldn't use the max capabilites of the graphics.) But since i prefer the larger size fonts...I'm happy.

Only a few bugaboos (features)...
1. time drifts (the v2000z changes the cpu speeds to save batteries when mobile) so...is this related??? I guess it is, but haven't got that far into this problem.
2. Automatic key repeat defaults to on, and some wierd speed.. I turned it off completely.
3. my years of using desk keyboards....I rest my hands close to it. Resting on the v2000z occasionaly results in strings from some buffer being inserted while typing. PITA.. real PITA.
Not sure if my palms are putting too much pressure next to the touch pad or what.
(this may be a FEATURE of the compaq, as opposed to linux, since I've only played with winxp for a bout a week before getting into trying to load linux.) This feature also causes a random "hyper jump" to somewhere else in the text/screen area sometimes when typing. Man...I hope it's not the compaq.

I more or less gave up on ubunto (i use it on my desk top , but I have much difficulty getting it work/load, etc on the laptop. My desktop uses SUSE, with a space devoted to ubunto for rebuilds, emergencies, etc)... (being new, i somehow uninstalled yast on the suse desktop, PAIN...BIG PAIN....finally fixed that yesterday.....(i hate automatic "updates", that's what got me into trouble in the first place))

(Thanks to some really smart guys, like knoppix builders, installer gurus, (includeing the other guys in the gaspra thread about the v2000z)... they do make it reasonably easy to get this done without RTFM... I more or less only yahoo-ed keywords like amd64, linux, v2000z, etcetera...and found enough information to do this build.)

bootjack.
 
Old 09-12-2005, 01:05 PM   #22
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Re: compaq v2000z with Suse 9.3 (amd64)

Quote:
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Only a few bugaboos (features)...
1. time drifts (the v2000z changes the cpu speeds to save batteries when mobile) so...is this related??? I guess it is, but haven't got that far into this problem.
2. Automatic key repeat defaults to on, and some wierd speed.. I turned it off completely.
3. my years of using desk keyboards....I rest my hands close to it. Resting on the v2000z occasionaly results in strings from some buffer being inserted while typing. PITA.. real PITA.
Not sure if my palms are putting too much pressure next to the touch pad or what.
(this may be a FEATURE of the compaq, as opposed to linux, since I've only played with winxp for a bout a week before getting into trying to load linux.) This feature also causes a random "hyper jump" to somewhere else in the text/screen area sometimes when typing. Man...I hope it's not the compaq.

bootjack.
Solution to 1. time drifts----is the clock running two times faster? Turn off apic on kernel booting line (grub.conf) , add "noapic"
2. Automatic key repeat defaults to on---related to 1, the system clock running 2x faster, so keyboard response 2x faster as
well. Problem will be solved after you add "noapic" to kernel booting line.
3. I don't know how to answer this question, you are on your own
 
Old 09-20-2005, 11:57 AM   #23
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Re: Re: compaq v2000z with Suse 9.3 (amd64)

Since I just bought a V2000z I am very interested in this thread, I'm thinking of installing Debian 64AMD on it. Or the FreeBSD 64 bit port.
My question however is, how does it perform? Is it decently fast, or is the 64bit mode a bit of a disappointment?
 
Old 09-20-2005, 01:02 PM   #24
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Re: Re: Re: compaq v2000z with Suse 9.3 (amd64)

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Originally posted by the_dutchman
Since I just bought a V2000z I am very interested in this thread, I'm thinking of installing Debian 64AMD on it. Or the FreeBSD 64 bit port.
My question however is, how does it perform? Is it decently fast, or is the 64bit mode a bit of a disappointment?
The 64bit mode runs faster but it really depends on the applications you are using. 64bit OS will definitly improve the performance of scientific softwares such as matlab, IDL and Fortran and C compiler.
 
Old 09-22-2005, 01:19 AM   #25
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Mepis works fine on Compaq Presario V2000z

Hello everyone

I have the Presario V2000z, which I believe is the topic of the forum.

I too have been observing the threads keenly.

After toying with Debian AMD64, Ubuntu, Ubuntu 64 and of course Knoppix I couldn't get anything to work satisfactorily. Most of the time the screen would freeze.

Finally, I decided to give mepis a try.

And guess what !!! Everything works. Really.

So far I haven't tried bluetooth or the 6-in-1 card reader, but everything else seems fine.

Mepis comes with a LiveCD, and the CD worked great. ndiswrapper is pre loaded with some configuration files. Also that was the only one that came with DMA enabled. The other distros didn't enable DMA on my hardware.

Once I finished my hard disk install, I went ahead, took the .inf file from the Windows CD that came along with the machine. The wireless card works perfectly now, and a small shell script enables me to choose between the wireless at my house and the wireless at my school flawlessly.

Oh and of course, the graphics card. It allowed me to boot with the 1280 x 768 by defualt, and supports other resolutions as well.

If anyone wants any details of procedures, outputs or configuration files, just indicate it here and I will be glad to help. Thankfully, I have a fully functional system, having done absolutely no tweaking or editing any configuration file. And Mepis comes with pretty much everything you can expect in a Windows machine (Skype, Java Virtual Machine, Flash Player, Firefox, Codecs for Audio/Video, Samba for networking with Windows, ndiswrapper, acrobat reader, GIMP, HP printer drivers and support, and of course, the Command Line !!! .. you name it you have it )

Seriously, I am one happy Mepis user now, and it feels great to know I am having a machine built on the solid Debian !
 
Old 09-22-2005, 11:28 AM   #26
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Hi, harisund, thanks for sharing your experience here. It is really good to know a good linux distro--Mepis can work flawlessly on V2000Z. I made CentOS working with all hardwares, however it is really painful if I need to do some reinstallation since the CentOS 4.1 doesn't enable DMA unless I upgrade kernel. It would be interesting to know how you setup the wireless, I can make it work with ndiswrapper and bcmwl564 driver, but it is good to know the alternative solution.

BTW, could you please post the script file switching the wlan connection between home and office? Mine doesn't work. Thanks.
 
Old 09-22-2005, 01:04 PM   #27
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Hmmm.. sorry, I too got my wireless working through Ndiswrapper.

My lspci gives:
Network controller: Broadcom corporation: Unknown device 4318

This indicates it is a BCMWL94318 chipset.

I used the drivers that came on the CD which came along with the laptop, having all Windows drivers.

I tried using the 64 bit drivers first but was informed that only 32 bit driver will work. You get that to work..interesting.

Anyway, at home my wireless network has the following feature:
essid Questworld
a 32 digit long encryption WEP key
DHCP Server

And at school
essid lsuwireless
no encryption key
DHCP server

Here is my script:

#/bin/bash
if [ `iwlist wlan0 scan | grep lsuwireless | wc -l` ]
then `iwconfig wlan0 essid lsuwireless mode Managed && dhclient wlan0`
elif [ `iwlist wlan0 scan | grep Questworld | wc -l` ]
then `iwconfig wlan0 essid Questworld mode Managed key restricted ***************** && dhclient wlan0`
else `echo "Here is a list" && iwlist wlan0 scan | grep ESSID`
fi

Last edited by harisund; 09-22-2005 at 01:06 PM.
 
Old 09-22-2005, 02:44 PM   #28
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thanks for the scripts. Ndiswrapper list says:

# Card: Broadcom BCM94318 built-in on Compaq Presario V2311US (V2000Z) Turion64

* Chipset: Broadcom BCM4318 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller
* pciid: 14e4:4318 (rev 02)
* Driver: Works in 64-bit mode with bcmwl5.inf (with BCMWL564.SYS) in WL_T60H906(8.0.10.0,XP64_logo) obtained from Acer at ftp://ftp.support.acer-euro.com/note...bit/80211g.zip
* Other: Fedora Core 3 x86_64 on kernel 2.6.12-1.1372_FC3 and ndiswrapper-1.2-0.lvn.3.3.rpm. Please note, does NOT work with netbc564.inf from Linuxant web site as of 8/22/05, so use the drivers from the Acer website above. Official product webpage: http://www.broadcom.com/products/Wir...tions/BCM94318

so you can grab the 64bit driver from the link and give it a try. Mine just works great.
 
Old 09-23-2005, 02:44 AM   #29
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A small favor

Hello

Would it be by any chance possible for me to obtain a copy of my .config file?

I am planning to recompile my kernel with some modules remove (which I am sure I will never use.) This kernel right now is perfectly configured, except for that I don't know where it's .config file is. Do you know how I could find that out? If I had the old .config file, I could just run make oldconfig.

Thank you

Hari
 
Old 09-23-2005, 11:52 PM   #30
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Hello

Would it be by any chance possible for me to obtain a copy of my .config file?

I am planning to recompile my kernel with some modules remove (which I am sure I will never use.) This kernel right now is perfectly configured, except for that I don't know where it's .config file is. Do you know how I could find that out? If I had the old .config file, I could just run make oldconfig.

Thank you

Hari
First run "updatedb" as root, then use command "locate .config", you will be able to find the file. Also, the .config file should locate at the folder "/usr/src/yourlinuxkernel", use "ls -al" you will find out. However, make sure you have origina kernel source installed.
 
  


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