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Old 11-03-2003, 10:30 AM   #1
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Question SuSE 9.0 and Centrino


Just got hold of a copy of SuSE 9.0 and first impressions are that it's a pretty nice distro. I needed to install it on a couple of Sony laptops, one a standard P4, the other a Centrino

Now the P4 install seems to have gone fine - ACPI was installed by default, with the following lines appended to the boot command pci=acpi apic, which are necessary apparently. I'm in the middle of the Centrino install and wondered if anyone has any experience with SuSE on Centrino?

In particular, does anyone know of any problems getting DHCP to start up?


Old 11-04-2003, 12:14 AM   #2
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Centrino isnt supported by linux.. yet.. but the folks at have a driver wrapper available for the mobile and networking features.
Old 11-04-2003, 11:00 AM   #3
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Centrino stuff


Actually SuSE 9.0 installs on a Centrino without too many problems, the laptop
is a SONY PCG-Z1RSP - and very nice it is too Not mine though

The SuSE kernel has the sourceforge ACPI patches compiled in, which is the
most important thing when trying to get a SONY laptop to work with Linux.
There's also sonypi which lets you dim the screen etc. Suspend is supposed
to be flakey at the moment so steer well clear.

They have also written some custom scripts for CPU throttling, which detects
whether the CPU is a centrino and adjusts accordingly. Of course, the wireless
LAN stuff doesn't work - but I guess that might be fixed sometime in the

In short SuSE 9 rocks. I hope the new owners (Novell) don't f*ck things up too



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