Box Of Translations (Loose)
In one of my other posts, I mentioned that I use Slackware Linux on my laptop. I think it would be an idea to document some of the things I do to get it to work. First, a few details:
Model: Toshiba Satellite Pro A10
Processor: Intel Celeron Mobile 2.5GHz (256kb Cache) Memory: 256MB Video: 1024×768 max, up to 32MB Hard Drive: 40GB Panels: 1x PCMCIA 1x LPT Printer 1x VGA Out 2x USB 2.0 10/100 Ethernet 56K Modem DVD/CD Player Headphone/Mic ports Mini-PCI slot (Wireless antennas near-by)
A pretty basic model, I think you’ll agree. It has a 2 button touchpad, but I plug in a USB scroll mouse.
So, why Slackware? I like Slackware because it’s very configurable, lightweight and works the way I want it to.
Running lspci gives a lot of useful information about the hardware:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82852/855GM Host Bridge (rev 01)
00:00.1 System peripheral: Intel Corp. 855GM/GME GMCH Memory I/O Control Registers (rev 01)
00:00.3 System peripheral: Intel Corp. 855GM/GME GMCH Configuration Process Registers (rev 01)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corp. 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 01)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corp. 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB (ICH4) USB UHCI #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB (ICH4) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801BAM/CAM PCI Bridge (rev 83)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801DBM LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801DBM (ICH4) Ultra ATA Storage Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB (ICH4) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corp. 82801DB (ICH4) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 03)
01:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82801BD PRO/100 VE (MOB) Ethernet Controller (rev 83)
01:0b.0 CardBus bridge: Toshiba America Info Systems ToPIC95 PCI to Cardbus Bridge with ZV Support (rev 33)
03:00.0 Network controller: Texas Instruments ACX 111 54Mbps Wireless Interface
You can disregard the final line as that’s my pcmcia wireless card.
When I installed Slackware, I used the bareacpi.i kernel – this compiles acpi into the kernel and allows you to use those features. I’m not going to go into how I installed, I’d hope that if you were planning to use Slack that you’d RTFM!
I also like to use KDE – it’s just something I like to use, no flames please! I use Thunderbird for my mail client, Firefox for my browser, Xchat for my IRC client and I use Gaim for instant messaging. But you can feel free to pick your own.
Few notes as to installables:
I grabbed the AC97 sound drivers from the Alsa website
After configuring Xorg, I grabbed drivers from Intel for better Glxgears results
For my Linksys wireless card, I followed the instructions on the Ndiswrapper website
I hope that this is in some small way helpful to someone other than me.