RedHat Linux on Acer Extensa 712 TEV

This acer had a defekt display-hinges when i got it. The display by itself was okay. Primary for my girlfriend, i used it for a long time, while my Gericom Notebook was on service ;(


CPUIntel Pentium II 300 MHz
Memory256 MB (2x128)
VideoNeomagic 128XD (NM2160) 2 MB RAM
Harddisk6GB 4200 rpm Ultra-DMA 33
Display14,1 Inch, 1024x768
SoundESS Technology ES1968 Maestro 2
CommunicationRealTek8139 PCMCIA, int. Winmodem Lucent Chip
Floppy3,5 Inch Floppy built in
IrDAFast IrDA 4MBit

I installed RedHat 7.2 out of the box from DVD, so i can say the drive works well :)




The graphics-chip and the display where both detected correctly, i choosed the nativ display resolution of 1024x768 as default.
The builtin Mousepad works as a 2 button PS2 mouse, also i added a USB mouse with wheel.

My XF86Config-4 looks like this:
The ServerLayout section contains an entry for the USB mouse:

InputDevice"Mouse1" "SendCoreEvents"

I created a Device section for the mouse:

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Option"Emulate3Buttons" "off"
Option"ZAxisMapping""4 5"


I setup a RealTek NIC with 8139 chipset 32-cardbus style.
The card worked well, but (because of it was a PCMCIA) the installer did not enter an entry in the modules.conf file,
this causes the the wrong driver (8139cp) was tried to load, after the first reboot, so the card does not work.
It took a minute to understand what was going on, because at installtime the NIC was correctly detected.
I found the problem in /lib/modules/`uname -r`/modules.pcimap.
The driver wrongly loaded (8139cp) has an entry with the same pci-device-id than a line for the correct 8139too.
I added a static entry to the modules.conf, because i used this card everytime in this notebook
"alias eth0 8139too" and since this time the card works well.

The internal Winmode

The Winmodem requires a package called lt-modem, which is available from Winmodem Driver download site.
This can be easily installed on RedHat with the build_rpm-script from the source-package.
After that, the package is located in /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i386, you can install with the rpm -Uhv command
Creates in /etc/modules.conf an new entry for loading a module called ltmodem,
the /dev/ttyS14 will be used as communication port to the modem, so it can you can communicate via AT command set.

The notebook has been upgraded from 64MB to 256MB of RAM. This improves extremly the speed.
The battery runs fine for more than 120 minutes. Standard-apm settings works fine for me.
I enjoid this laptop for a long time and it was realy good to use.

The following files are available for info:

Fileshell command
Memory Infocat /proc/meminfo
CPU Infocat /proc/cppuinfo
PCI Infolspci -v -v
XFree86 Logfilecat /var/log/Xfree86.0.log (on RedHat)
Partition Informationfdisk -l /dev/hda
Interrupt Infocat /proc/interrupts
Dmesg output on startupdmesg

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