Linux On Laptops

Installing SuSE Linux 10.1 (64 Bit) on Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook S2110

Created: 2006-09-04

Last updated: 2007-07-08

General Hardware Specifications of Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook S2110:

Hardware Components
Status under Linux
Notes
AMD Turion 64 Mobile MT-37, 2.0 GHz Works No special procedure required during installation.
Hard disk: 60 GB, P-ATA UDMA100 (4200 rpm) Works Attention: Shrinking Windows XP partition automatically did not work, I had to re-partition by hand and reinstall windows and linux (see below)
13.3-inch TFT XGA / 1024 x 768 pixel Works No special procedure required during installation
ATI Mobility™ Radeon® XPRESS 200M Works No special procedure required during installation
RAM: 512 MB DDR333 SDRAM, 333 MHz Works No special procedure required during installation
Touchpad with 2 mouse buttons and scroll button Works No special procedure required during installation
Modular DVD Drive Reading works (writing to DVD/CD not yet tried) No special procedure required during installation
Integrated Network Card Works No special procedure required during installation
Internal 56k Modem Not yet tried Not yet tried
Internal WLAN: Atheros AR5006X 802.11 abg NIC Works (even with WPA) madwifi driver needed - see below
Battery Works No special procedure required during installation
Sound Card Works No special procedure required during installation
Suspend To Disk Works using "System->Abmelden->Computer in standby-Modus versetzen". But at restart the Boot Menu is skipped and Linux is automatically resumed (no chance to boot windows in the meantime).
Suspend To RAM Does not work typing
echo -n "mem" > /sys/power/state
in a root shell suspends, but restart gives funny lines on the display and does not work. I found no easier way to activate suspend to ram (there is no such menu item as for suspend to disk), so I think, SuSE knows that it does not work and leaves it out intentionally. The preferred way for standby seems to be suspend to disk (see above).
Burn DVD Works (burned some files and folders to a dvd) Using "Anwendungen->Multimedia->CD/DVD brennen"
Infrared (IrDA) Works (partially) Yast->Hardware->Infrared device->Start IrDA->Test (using /dev/ttyS3) identified my Siemens S65 mobile phone. But I was not able to transfer any data from or to the S65 and gave up after about three hours. On Windows XP it worked.
VGA connector (for second monitor / video projector) Does not work! Today (8.7.2007) I connected my desktop monitor to the Notebook to check if the VGA connector works. But the desktop monitor stayed black, only the mouse pointer was shown, but as a colorful rectangle (see photo and settings). On Windows XP it worked.

This laptop is operating under Kernel version 2.6.16.13-4-default (geeko@buildhost) (gcc version 4.1.0 (SUSE Linux))

Basic Installation of SuSE Linux 10.1 (64 Bit):
Setting up additional features for SuSE Linux 10.1 (64 Bit)
Unresolved issues
Configuration Files
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