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Linux on the Fosa NB1845 Laptop



This is a survey about Linux related hardware features of the Fosa NB 1845. I don't try to explain the usual installation details (for instance, which partitions I have made).

FOSA NB 1845 is derives from the AOpen 1845 barebone system. An other AOpen 1845 Model is the Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo D P4. I found several other manufacturers in the internet.

I bought the system from a local dealer in Berlin/Germany. Address (postal/internet) available on request. Current price (middle of April 2003 ) 1349 Euro.

Scope of delivery:

  • Notebook
  • Powerv supply
  • Modem cable
  • 5 CD
    • Documentation
    • Windows Driver
    • Norton Antivirus
    • PoverDVD
    • Nero Burning ROM

No OS included So I avoided the M$ Tax.

Additional option internal WLAN 11 MB adapter 149 Euro

Summary

Intel P4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB DDR-RAM, 40 GB HD, DVD/CD RW Combo, LAN 10/100 MB, 2x USB 1.1, Firewire IEEE1394,2x PCMCIA,AC'97 Audio/Modem,1 serial & paralell Port ATI MOBILITY RADEON P6 32 MB VRAM, Display 15.1" TFT SXGA 1400x1050, TV Out

Conclusion

Excellent Notebook with high performance for desktop replacement at a good price.

Brilliant SXGA TFT resolution 1400x1050.

Linux compatibility 99.9% (all features installed except quickstart keys - suspend modes untested )

Installation

On my FOSA NB 1845 I have installed the Novell/SuSE 8.2 Linux distribution with standard settings.

General Hardware Data

General system information:
Linux myP4m 2.4.20-4GB #1 Mon Mar 17 17:54:44 UTC 2003 i686 unknown unknown GNU/Linux

processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 15
model           : 2
model name      : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz
stepping        : 7
cpu MHz         : 2399.756
cache size      : 512 KB
fdiv_bug        : no
hlt_bug         : no
f00f_bug        : no
coma_bug        : no
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 2
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 \
.                 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm
bogomips        : 4784.12
    
Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda6             20972176   6633620  14338556  32% /
/dev/hda7             11269216   6347568   4921648  57% /mnt/SuSE/8.1
shmfs                   257448         0    257448   0% /dev/shm
/dev/hde1               124900      4004    120896   4% /mntPCMCIA
    

Disk /dev/hde: 128 MB, 128188416 bytes
8 heads, 32 sectors/track, 978 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 256 * 512 = 131072 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hde1   *         1       977    125040    6  FAT16

Disk /dev/hda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda4  *        785      4864  32772600    f  Win95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5           785       850    530113+  82  Linux swap
/dev/hda6           851      3461  20972826   83  Linux
/dev/hda7          3462      4864  11269566   83  Linux

Graphics-Chip

ATI Mobility M6 LY 32 MB. Output from HWinfo:

 
    Model=ATI MOBILITY RADEON P6
    Configured=no
    Available=yes
    Needed=no
    BaseClass=0x110
    SubClass=0x1
    DeviceName=P6
    VendorName=ATI Technologies Inc.
    SubVendorName=ATI MOBILITY RADEON
    RevisionName=01.00
    Res.PhysMemory=0x2000000
    Res.Memory=0x88000000,0x2000000,1,3,0
    Res.Framebuffer=320,200,320,8,898
    Res.Framebuffer=320,200,640,15,781
    Res.Framebuffer=320,200,640,16,782
    Res.Framebuffer=320,200,960,24,783
    Res.Framebuffer=320,200,1280,32,800
    Res.Framebuffer=320,240,320,8,914
    Res.Framebuffer=320,240,640,15,915
    Res.Framebuffer=320,240,640,16,916
    Res.Framebuffer=320,240,960,24,917
    Res.Framebuffer=320,240,1280,32,918
    Res.Framebuffer=400,300,400,8,930
    Res.Framebuffer=400,300,800,15,931
    Res.Framebuffer=400,300,800,16,932
    Res.Framebuffer=400,300,1200,24,933
    Res.Framebuffer=400,300,1600,32,934
    Res.Framebuffer=512,384,512,8,946
    Res.Framebuffer=512,384,1024,15,947
    Res.Framebuffer=512,384,1024,16,948
    Res.Framebuffer=512,384,1536,24,949
    Res.Framebuffer=512,384,2048,32,950
    Res.Framebuffer=640,350,640,8,962
    Res.Framebuffer=640,350,1280,15,963
    Res.Framebuffer=640,350,1280,16,964
    Res.Framebuffer=640,350,1920,24,965
    Res.Framebuffer=640,350,2560,32,966
    Res.Framebuffer=640,400,640,8,768
    Res.Framebuffer=640,400,1280,15,899
    Res.Framebuffer=640,400,1280,16,900
    Res.Framebuffer=640,400,1920,24,901
    Res.Framebuffer=640,400,2560,32,902
    Res.Framebuffer=640,480,640,8,769
    Res.Framebuffer=640,480,1280,15,784
    Res.Framebuffer=640,480,1280,16,785
    Res.Framebuffer=640,480,1920,24,786
    Res.Framebuffer=640,480,2560,32,801
    Res.Framebuffer=800,600,800,8,771
    Res.Framebuffer=800,600,1600,15,787
    Res.Framebuffer=800,600,1600,16,788
    Res.Framebuffer=800,600,2400,24,789
    Res.Framebuffer=800,600,3200,32,802
    Res.Framebuffer=1024,768,1024,8,773
    Res.Framebuffer=1024,768,2048,15,790
    Res.Framebuffer=1024,768,2048,16,791
    Res.Framebuffer=1024,768,3072,24,792
    Res.Framebuffer=1024,768,4096,32,803
    Res.Framebuffer=1280,1024,1280,8,775
    Res.Framebuffer=1280,1024,2560,15,793
    Res.Framebuffer=1280,1024,2560,16,794
    Res.Framebuffer=1280,1024,3840,24,795
    Res.Framebuffer=1280,1024,5120,32,804
    Res.Framebuffer=1400,1050,1400,8,832
    Res.Framebuffer=1400,1050,2800,15,833
    Res.Framebuffer=1400,1050,2800,16,834
    Res.Framebuffer=1400,1050,4200,24,835
    Res.Framebuffer=1400,1050,5600,32,836

X11 Standard Installation

Additional Setup : activation of 3D Acceleration

Hard Disk

/dev/hda:

 Model=FUJITSU MHS2040AT, FwRev=8004, SerialNo=NLB7T3212PVV
 Config={ HardSect NotMFM HdSw>15uSec Fixed DTR>10Mbs }
 RawCHS=16383/16/63, TrkSize=0, SectSize=0, ECCbytes=4
 BuffType=DualPortCache, BuffSize=2048kB, MaxMultSect=16, MultSect=16
 CurCHS=16383/16/63, CurSects=16514064, LBA=yes, LBAsects=78140160
 IORDY=yes, tPIO={min:240,w/IORDY:120}, tDMA={min:120,rec:120}
 PIO modes:  pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4 
 DMA modes:  mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 
 UDMA modes: udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 *udma5 
 AdvancedPM=yes: mode=0x80 (128) WriteCache=enabled
 Drive conforms to: ATA/ATAPI-6 T13 1410D revision 3a:  2 3 4 5 6
    

PCMCIA

Output of probe:

Output of cardctl ident:

Socket 0:
  product info: "Lucent Technologies", "WaveLAN/IEEE", "Version 01.01", ""
  manfid: 0x0156, 0x0002
  function: 6 (network)
Socket 1:
  no product info available
Socket 2:
  product info: "                            "
  manfid: 0x0000, 0x0000
  function: 4 (fixed disk) 
    

Modem

The included Winmodem is not supportet by default.

Installed avaliable driver for Conexant (formerly Rockwell) Softmodem HSF. Get the latest version from http://www.mbsi.ca/cnxtlindrv

Fax- and Voice-Mode untested, other information show that this modes are not supported.

Modem information

    Command Answer
    ------- ---------------------------------------
    at i    "56000"  
    at i1   "255" 
    at i2   ""
    at i3   "LinuxSoftK56_V5.03.27mbsibeta02122600"
    at i4   "Conexant SoftK56 Data modem for Linux"
    at i5   "04"
    at i6    ""
    

Firewire 1394

Interface recognised.

actually no device for testing available

Sound

Output of cat /dev/sndstat:

Sound Driver:3.8.1a-980706 (ALSA v0.9.0rc7 emulation code)
Kernel: Linux myP4m 2.4.20-4GB #1 Mon Mar 17 17:54:44 UTC 2003 i686
Config options: 0

Installed drivers: 
Type 10: ALSA emulation

Card config: 
Intel 82801BA-ICH2 at 0xb000, irq 10

Audio devices:
0: Intel 82801BA-ICH2 (DUPLEX)

Synth devices: NOT ENABLED IN CONFIG

Midi devices: NOT ENABLED IN CONFIG

Timers:
7: system timer

Mixers:
0: Avance Logic ALC200/200P rev 0

Infrared Port - IrDA(TM)

not available

Floppydrive

Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
    

Survey PCI Devices

Output from lspci:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset Host Bridge (rev 04)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 04)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801BA/CA/DB PCI Bridge (rev 05)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801BA ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 05)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801BA IDE U100 (rev 05)
00:1f.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801BA/BAM USB (Hub #1) (rev 05)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801BA/BAM SMBus (rev 05)
00:1f.4 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801BA/BAM USB (Hub #2) (rev 05)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio (rev 05)
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corp. Intel 537 [82801BA/BAM AC'97 Modem] (rev 05)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon Mobility M6 LY
02:03.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB21 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)
02:05.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
02:07.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1410 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
02:09.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1250 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
02:09.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1250 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01)

Survey PnP Devices

Output from pnpdump:

# $Id: pnpdump_main.c,v 1.27 2001/04/30 21:54:53 fox Exp $
# Release isapnptools-1.26
# 
# This is free software, see the sources for details.
# This software has NO WARRANTY, use at your OWN RISK
# 
# For details of the output file format, see isapnp.conf(5)
# 
# For latest information and FAQ on isapnp and pnpdump see:
# http://www.roestock.demon.co.uk/isapnptools/
# 
# Compiler flags:  -DREALTIME -DHAVE_PROC -DENABLE_PCI -DHAVE_SCHED_SETSCHEDULER -DHAVE_NANOSLEEP -DWANT_TO_VALIDATE
# 
# Trying port address 0273
# Trying port address 027b
# Trying port address 0283
# Trying port address 028b
# Trying port address 0293
# Trying port address 029b
# Trying port address 02a3
# Trying port address 02ab
# Trying port address 02b3
# Trying port address 02bb
# Trying port address 02c3
# Trying port address 02cb
# Trying port address 02d3
# Trying port address 02db
# Trying port address 02e3
# Trying port address 02eb
# Trying port address 02f3
# Trying port address 0303
# Trying port address 030b
# Trying port address 0313
# Trying port address 031b
# Trying port address 0323
# Trying port address 032b
# Trying port address 0333
# Trying port address 033b
# Trying port address 0343
# Trying port address 034b
# Trying port address 0353
# Trying port address 035b
# Trying port address 0363
# Trying port address 036b
# Trying port address 0373
# Trying port address 037b
# Trying port address 0383
# Trying port address 038b
# Trying port address 0393
# Trying port address 039b
# Trying port address 03a3
# Trying port address 03ab
# Trying port address 03b3
# Trying port address 03bb
# Trying port address 03e3
# Trying port address 03eb
# Trying port address 03f3
# No boards found

Survey RS232

Output from setserial:

/dev/ttyS0, Line 0, UART: 16550A, Port: 0x03f8, IRQ: 4
        Baud_base: 115200, close_delay: 50, divisor: 0
        closing_wait: 3000
        Flags: spd_normal skip_test

/dev/ttyS1, Line 1, UART: 16550A, Port: 0x02f8, IRQ: 3
        Baud_base: 115200, close_delay: 50, divisor: 0
        closing_wait: 3000
        Flags: spd_normal skip_test

/dev/ttyS2, Line 2, UART: unknown, Port: 0x03e8, IRQ: 4
        Baud_base: 115200, close_delay: 50, divisor: 0
        closing_wait: 3000
        Flags: spd_normal skip_test

/dev/ttyS3, Line 3, UART: unknown, Port: 0x02e8, IRQ: 3
        Baud_base: 115200, close_delay: 50, divisor: 0
        closing_wait: 3000
        Flags: spd_normal

/dev/ttyS4, Line 4, UART: unknown, Port: 0xffffffff, IRQ: 0
        Baud_base: 115200, close_delay: 50, divisor: 0
        closing_wait: 3000
        Flags: spd_normal skip_test

/dev/ttyS5, Line 5, UART: unknown, Port: 0x01a0, IRQ: 2
        Baud_base: 115200, close_delay: 50, divisor: 0
        closing_wait: 3000
        Flags: spd_normal Fourport

/dev/ttyS6, Line 6, UART: unknown, Port: 0x01a8, IRQ: 2
        Baud_base: 115200, close_delay: 50, divisor: 0
        closing_wait: 3000
        Flags: spd_normal Fourport

/dev/ttyS7, Line 7, UART: unknown, Port: 0x01b0, IRQ: 2
        Baud_base: 115200, close_delay: 50, divisor: 0
        closing_wait: 3000
        Flags: spd_normal Fourport

/dev/ttyS8, Line 8, UART: unknown, Port: 0x01b8, IRQ: 2
        Baud_base: 115200, close_delay: 50, divisor: 0
        closing_wait: 3000
        Flags: spd_normal Fourport

/dev/ttyS9, Line 9, UART: unknown, Port: 0x02a0, IRQ: 5
        Baud_base: 115200, close_delay: 50, divisor: 0
        closing_wait: 3000
        Flags: spd_normal Fourport  

Battery

14.8 V 5880 mAh = 87 Wh

average operation time 2,5 h

Watching a DVD 2h

External Power Supply

Multi input voltage 100V - 240V

19V 4.74A = 90 W

Powermanagement

APCI not confiugured perfectly up to now

Sleep mode

Flapping the screen suspends display, opening resumes.

Suspend Modes not tested

Waste Heat and Fan

Fan switches on and off on demand. Noise tolerable.

Keyboard

Works as expected.

Quickstartkeys not operational, for my purpose irrelevant.

Touchpad

Works as expected.

Special Driver for Synaptics available on the internet.

Network

Network installation for both network interfaces succeded with default settings.

  1. Internal 10/100M Eternet
  2. Optional 11MB WLAN

Other Resources

Disclaimer

This document has nothing to do with FOSA / AOPEN Barebone System, they don't even know it exists. There is no guarantee that the information on this page is accurate, please don't hold me responsible if your experience is different from the information here.

This report was generated by lanoche v0.7 at 2003-04-20. The latest version of lanoche is available at TuxMobil - Software.

This document is a courtesy of Thomas Grossalb <grossalb_at_yahoo.com>








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