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Old 08-27-2006, 11:10 AM   #1
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New Toshiba Laptop


Well, I saved up some money and purchased a NEW Toshiba M105-S3041 from BestBuy for only $599. So far the machine has been AMAZING for the price. I've only had it a few days (I bought it on 8/22...my birthday) but I have been very impressed. Today I tried to see exactly how Linux compatable the machine is. So, I tried a Slax 5.1.7 disk. Slax ran great..with a couple things that need tweaking. I know that my machine uses an Intel integrated 945GM video chip which was not detected. I've read on the net that the "i810" driver should work, but when I tried run X in Slax with i810 as the video driver, X would not start. Does anyone have any experience with this machine and Slackware or this chip set and Slackware??

Once Slackware 11 goes FINAL....My Toshiba will go SLACK!

Thanks!!
 
Old 08-27-2006, 11:44 AM   #2
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Wink Toshiba

Toshiba and Slackware rock and rule!

I also have a Toshiba laptop with Slackware.

No problems so far. Everything works OK. (even Windoze games via Wine and Cedega - I am a big gamer)

-If your BIOS is an original Toshiba BIOS, you should try FnFX

http://fnfx.sf.net

-I compile a custom kernel with the latest wifi drivers from Intel. But anyway your WiFi card will work (i do it because i like doing it).

-About the video drivers (SLAX), have you tried modifying the X configuration? I mean changing the refresh rate, etc. Generally the refresh rates values are lower on LCD screens.

-I think Intel has released (GPLed) new drivers for Intel videocards/chipsets. Check their site.

May the Source be with you!
 
Old 08-27-2006, 11:46 AM   #3
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Intel has released a 945 driver for Linux. I would recommend that one rather than i810.
 
Old 08-27-2006, 11:51 AM   #4
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I noticed fnfx was 2 years old. Is it still current? I would hate to mess up my BIOS with an old and buggy patch.

I have one task that I need help with involving my network at the school I teach at. Currently, we have a Win2000 Professional network and in each classroom is a PC that I can log onto and fill in grades with GradeQuick and perform other computing tasks. I was wondering. How do I get Linux to log into a Win2000 Profesional network? I MUST log into the network in order to do anything...even access the web. I've never tried it before.
 
Old 08-27-2006, 12:01 PM   #5
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Intel has released a 945 driver for Linux. I would recommend that one rather than i810.
Thanks for the info. I found the download on the Intel website. I will give it a shot with Slack 11.

Dumb Question:

I've compiled software before, but I have never specified my exact hardware. I have always just done "./configure" then "make" then "make install" using all defaults. How would I optimize my compilation for my Intel Solo Core Centrino processor? Yes, I tried searching for specifics, but I always manage to have to sift through a lot of junk and I've found it quite confusing.
 
Old 08-27-2006, 12:05 PM   #6
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Did you mean Windows 2000 Domain?
 
Old 08-27-2006, 12:56 PM   #7
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Did you mean Windows 2000 Domain?
Yeah I believe so. I hate Windows and I only use XP Home Edition on the family desktop at home. I was told that in order to get into our school network I needed to have Windows 2000 or XP Professional in order to sign in. Since I plan on bringing in my laptop (soon to have Slack 11 on it) I would like to be able to log into the domain via Linux.
 
Old 08-27-2006, 05:56 PM   #8
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You probably need a kerberos client or winbind & smbclient to do this.

There's a wonderful howto for Suse, you can use it as a reference.

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/art...Directory.html
 
Old 08-30-2006, 09:38 PM   #9
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The question still remains....

I've compiled software before, but I have never specified my exact hardware. I have always just done "./configure" then "make" then "make install" using all defaults. How would I optimize my compilation for my Intel Solo Core Centrino processor? Yes, I tried searching for specifics, but I always manage to have to sift through a lot of junk and I've found it quite confusing.

I want to make sure that when I compile and install the video driver that I optimize the compiled files.

Thanks!
 
Old 08-31-2006, 06:08 AM   #10
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The question still remains....
There's no Active Directory client in XP Home but the TCP/IP stack is the same. So you can't log in but you can still access some network resources.
 
Old 08-31-2006, 06:22 AM   #11
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There's no Active Directory client in XP Home but the TCP/IP stack is the same. So you can't log in but you can still access some network resources.
Yeah, I've given up on the school network thing. I have a desktop machine in my classroom already. I will continue to use it.

The remaining question is the one about compiling software with optimizations. I'm not sure how to do that.
 
Old 08-31-2006, 12:05 PM   #12
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Yeah, I've given up on the school network thing. I have a desktop machine in my classroom already. I will continue to use it.

The remaining question is the one about compiling software with optimizations. I'm not sure how to do that.
Hi,

First thing to do is to get all the information for the machine with;

Code:
#lspci -vv                #very verbose
I would redirect the output to a file then print it.

A good online reference for kernel compile.

As for the optimizations portion of your question. Trimming the kernel for size is one thing. But to move to your family of processor from i486, you will not really notice a gain. If you benchmark, sure you should see some difference. But we're not running computational fluid dynamic problems are we?

Seriously, the compiling of the kernel for optimization is a no gainer from the standpoint of time spent. Go ahead and trim but be careful as to what you omit.
 
Old 09-01-2006, 01:23 AM   #13
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I don't mind running a generic i486 prepackaged tgz file, however then why do we have i686 packages available? Because they are optimized for a specific architecture or for some other reason?

The reason I am asking about the optimizations is because when I compile the video driver I downloaded from Intel, I thought it would be smart to compile it as specific to my machine as I could. BUT, if you're saying it really won't matter, then I guess I will do a generic default compile.
 
Old 09-01-2006, 04:35 AM   #14
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i tried compiling the said driver from intel's website with no luck, i dont know what i missed, could you pls post the steps required if ever you compiled it successfully, tnx sir
 
  


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