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Linux on notebook Asus A1 series
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This is the procedure to install Linux on your Asus A1356D notebook (and perhaps on A1
series entirely), avoiding LCD bug. SiS 630 chipset will work only in framebuffer mode
without graphic hardware acceleration
Here Mandrake Linux 8.0 distribution is taken in example
, but the procedure could
works also on RedHat and other, provided with 2.4 kernel or greater.
For RedHat 6.2, 7.1 and Slackware 8.0 you can find a great guide here
If you need informations about sound
, please go here
It is very
important that framebuffer mode is active into the kernel, otherwise it
must be recompiled (with Mandrake it isn't necessary).
WARNING: It's important to disable all power saving functions (use
"Control Center" of KDE) to avoid LCD bug, leaving BIOS do it. Also
suspend-standby-resume doesn't seem to work.
- Begin installation without USB mouse (I've got some problems if inserted).
- When arrived to lilo installation, choice advanced option and set up
video mode on "1024x768(framebuffer)" to make active framebuffer on boot.
If you want to edit lilo.conf manually, please insert the line
vga="791" setting up correct resolution and then run lilo
from shell to apply the changes to the MBR (master boot record). If you need, this is my
- Now you should be arrived at the X server configuration. Linux will say you that SiS
630 chipset it's supported only by Xfree86 3.3.6 version. Choice it without 3D
experimental support option.
- At the screen configuration, leave default values (SVGA, 1024x768@70Hz).
- Answer NO to the question "Do you want to test the configuration?",
otherwise system crashes!
- Answer NO also when Linux asks to set up your computer to automatically start X
- Now installation is finished. Reboot the system.
- On the boot, log as root to operate in the shell.
- Now it's necessary to install X server for framebuffer, which is XF86_FBDev. To
make this, insert first cdrom and move to
the path, in other distributions search for RPM directory).
The file you need is XFree86-FBDev-3.3.6-21mdk.i586.rpm.
- Install it with
rpm -Uvh XFree86-FBDev-3.3.6-21mdk.i586.rpm
- Go to
/etc/X11 and delete actual link with
- Now create a new symbolic link to the installed X server:
- Last step is to copy this XF86Config example
/etc/X11, replacing the old one.
- Finally it's time to run startx.
NOTE: with my XF86Config, you can use both mouse and touch pad.
Finally, read this for sound and modem info.
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