[ILUG] aldi laptop....
hickeyr at studentmail.dkit.ie
Wed Mar 3 13:00:14 GMT 2004
I queued with all the other bargain hunters for a laptop last week and
thought I'd post a review for anyone else that purchased / is going to
The laptop is more accurately a portable desktop given it's features, limited
battery life - looks like approx 2+ hours on linux although I haven't tested
The laptop has an intel chipset, p4 3.06HT cpu, nvidia geforce fx-go5600, 60GB
HD, 512MB ram onboard ethernet / modem / firewire / usb2 / synaptics mousepad
sound etc... and came with a real XP home CD and a drivers / utilities cd,
works and other utilities
Wiped the install and repartitioned the disk as follows
8 GB FreeBSD
10GB XP Home
128MB gentoo /boot
256MB gentoo swap
10GB gentoo root
25GB fat32 data partitiion.
Gentoo is my main distro and it installed perfectly... using 2.6.3 kernel and
the network card (natsemi) pcmciq, acpi, firewire etc is all working.
Downloaded the latest smlink driver, patched it to support smp and it
compiled and worked well... it comes with a kernel module for the serial port
and a userland daemon which works as a modem. The nvidia card is working
with the latest closed drivers at 1400x1050. The synaptics driver emerged as
well and supports tapping etc. kde 3.2 is functioning well - although the
power / battery indicator doesn't register when you plug in / out the power
although the battery displays correctly. Sound functions well and I haven't
tested the DVD burner yet although I assume k3b will work well in ATAPI mode.
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