|CPU||Intel Pentium 233MMX (Tillamook)|
|CHIPSET||Intel 82371AB PIIX4||USB and ACPI support.|
|BIOS||Phoenix||You know what that means...|
|HARD DRIVE||IDE - Hitachi (particular makes and models vary)|
|CDROM||ATAPI-IDE Sanyo CRD5342|
|VIDEO||NeoMagic NM2160||Partially supported. See below.|
|AUDIO||ESS 'Maestro'||No Linux drivers. See below.|
|PCMCIA||Texas Instruments PCI 1250 rev. 2 Cardbus|
The first problem, as expected, was the Video. The LCD supports 800x600x64k under Win9x but none of the supplied X-servers would drive it. Superprobe detected a Yamaha chipset, so that was no help. Strangely, I was able to autoconfigure the scan frequencies. I had researched this ahead of time and downloaded a binary-only driver from RH on another PC, copied it to a floppy, ran into the below problem and later got the laptop running X.
The next problem, which I should have expected, was the floppy drive. The floppy has a minimal carriage with cable which plugs into the parallel port. The BIOS detects it and it is accessible from DOS and Windows but not Linux. I checked DejaNews and Altavista but could not find a solution and left it at that. PCMCIA worked flawlessly and I was quickly up on the network using a trusty 3Com Etherlink-III, a very good thing since I didn't have a floppy drive.
The third problem, also expected, was the Audio. From what I can discover there is no free support for this chipset.
Another problem cropped up with the power management. I had created
a few users, installed some RPMS and left the laptop running X and WP7
and returned some time later to find the screen black. I tapped a key and
the screen came back to life but the hard drive didn't make the familiar
whine as it spun up. Dead. Nothing I did could get Linux to respond. I
tried pinging it from another PC without success. I rebooted and disabled
power management in the BIOS. The laptop has both sleep and suspend modes
and I suspect that it died while going into the latter since some of the
users have claimed that even Win9x occasionally doesn't survive its round
trip ticket to suspend-to-disk.