last updated: $Date: 2007/11/04 22:09:41 $
I bought an Asus S6F at DataVision in New York, since I was in town anyway to see my friend Wes, who had recommended the model to me based on his recent research into new notebooks. It's not the leather-covered model; the only thing I'll pay $500 to cover in leather is myself, when riding.
I was very pleased with DataVision; they allowed me to boot their shop S6F off an FC6 install DVD, and play around with bash commands (lspci, cat /proc/cpuinfo, that sort of thing) based purely on my word that I wouldn't damage the installed Windows. They were also honest with me about the prospects of getting the laptop in time (they were out of stock, but expected a delivery), and they shipped it to me exactly when they said they would. I would happily do business with them again (declaration: I have no connection with them, save as a satisfied customer).
This shows the laptop with a DVD on the keyboard, for scale purposes. It's small, though not as tiny as my lifebook. Then again, it has a CD drive, which makes installing the OS a whole lot easier.
Then I edited /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-updates.repo and inserted a section
[dvd] name=Fedora Core $releasever - $basearch - Updates on DVD baseurl=file:///media/FC6-updates enabled=0 gpgcheck=1 gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora
Then I did the following commands from a text console (ie, press
ctrl-alt-F1 and log in as root). The first time, I tried the upgrade from
an xterm window under the
GUI; the SELinux rpm update bounces some element of the windowing system
and kills the
update halfway. Since I didn't want
a half-completed (huge) yum update leaving the system unstable, that meant
blowing the whole OS away and reinstalling.
yum --disablerepo=* --enablerepo=dvd update
That failed claiming it needed a cyrus library to update gaim, so I removed
gaim (I don't use IM anyway), then got success with
yum --disablerepo=* --enablerepo=dvd remove gaim
yum --disablerepo=* --enablerepo=dvd update
That ran to completion.
Later note: having finally hooked the machine up to an external monitor, there seems to be no signal on the external monitor port (on the LHS of the machine). I have not yet tried rebooting the box to see if the port gets "brightened" if there's a monitor there at card reset time (reboot, X startup). The keyboard control (Fn-F8) seems to have no effect.
Googling for the card revealed that I need the r1000 drivers. These are made available in source by Realtek and can be found via Realtek's driver page, which points me to ftp://184.108.40.206/cn/nic/r1000_v1.05.tgz amongst others.
I checked I had kernel source (rpm -qa|grep kernel-devel), then unpacked the distribution and built and installed the module, as root, with
cd /usr/local/src tar xvzf /path/to/tarball/r1000_v1.05.tgz cd r1000_v1.05 make clean modules make install depmod -aI can then modprobe r1000 and configure eth0 accordingly. The network seems to work fine, although as I don't have any other gigabit devices, I can't comment on the speed.
There are also hooks for "Suspend" and "Hibernate" on the new GNOME battery applet. These work fine.
I went to http://ipw3945.sourceforge.net/, got the driver, and put the source tarball into /usr/local/src/ .
README says the driver needs ieee80211 v1.1.12 or better. I did modprobe ieee80211, /var/log/messages reports this is v1.1.13 so I don't need to faff around building a new ieee80211 subsystem.
So, I did
cd /usr/local/src/ipw3945-1.1.3 make make installFollowing the README in that directory (hereinafter referred to as 'the README'), I did
cd /usr/local/src/ipw3945d-1.7.22 cp x86/ipw3945d /usr/local/sbin/
The README refers to /etc/hotplug/firmware.agent, which doesn't exist on my system. To find out where to put firmware, I did
modprobe ipw3945then ifconfig -a showed no new interfaces. That's bad.
tail /var/log/messages showed
Dec 29 12:21:57 anni kernel: ipw3945: probe of 0000:02:00.0 failed with error -2 Dec 29 12:21:57 anni firmware_helper: Loading of /lib/firmware/ipw3945.ucode for ipw3945 driver failed: No such file or directoryso following the README, I did
tar xvzf ipw3945-ucode-1.13.tgz cp ipw3945-ucode-1.13/ipw3945.ucode /lib/firmware modprobe ipw3945then /var/log/messages showed
Dec 29 12:39:54 anni kernel: ipw3945: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945 Network Connection driver for Linux, 1.1.3d Dec 29 12:39:54 anni kernel: ipw3945: Copyright(c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation Dec 29 12:39:54 anni kernel: PCI: Enabling device 0000:02:00.0 (0000 -> 0002) Dec 29 12:39:54 anni kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:02:00.0[A] -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 177 Dec 29 12:39:54 anni kernel: ipw3945: Detected Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connectionwhich is better, but still I see no device with ifconfig -a. I ran the "regulatory daemon" with
/usr/local/sbin/ipw3945d --quietThen I saw in /var/log/messages
Dec 29 12:43:41 anni kernel: ipw3945: Detected geography ABG (11 802.11bg channels, 13 802.11a channels) Dec 29 12:43:42 anni kernel: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not readyI brought up my wireless link with ifconfig and iwconfig, and I can ping my AP!
install ipw3945 /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install ipw3945 ; sleep 1 ; /usr/local/sbin/ipw3945d --quiet remove ipw3945 /usr/local/sbin/ipw3945d --kill ; /sbin/modprobe -r --ignore-remove ipw3945And now I can just ifup and ifdown the interface with my old config files.
I have noticed that if I suspend the laptop, either to memory or disc, I have to
briefly flip the "wireless ariel" switch (LHS of case, about two-thirds of the way
towards the back) off and then on, in order to wake up the transceiver circuitry.
If I do this before using the network, the bluetooth and wireless lights come back
on and service is restored without interruption.
Doing anything interesting was a bit more challenging. I think my
'phone was a bit confused, because nothing worked until I took the battery
out and put it back. After that, I needed to:
Once the PIN was mutually established, I reconfigured the 'phone not to
ask for confirmation before my laptop paired, setup my ppp files as
detailed here, and
established a GPRS connection (over which I am typing this).
This just seems to work out the box. I turned on bluetooth on my Nokia
6230i and turned on the adaptor on the Asus. I did an hcitool
scan on the Asus, and it found my 6230i.
[root@anni bluetooth]# hcitool scan
00:13:70:AF:09:35 Tom's 6230
[root@anni bluetooth]# hcitool cc 00:13:70:AF:09:35
[root@anni bluetooth]# hcitool auth 00:13:70:AF:09:35
which opened up a gnome dialogue asking me to enter a PIN. Once I'd done
that, the 'phone asked me if I wanted to accept an incoming connection,
and then prompted me for the same PIN. This sidestepped the whole I
have only a few seconds to enter a PIN so I'll pick a crappy one
problem I'd earlier had.
MODEM / FIREWIRE
Nothing to report on these as yet.
I wanted pine, mplayer and a few other good things on the laptop, so I
added the livna.org repository with
rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-6.rpm
and then installed pine with
yum install pine
and similarly, mplayer etc.
Doing anything interesting was a bit more challenging. I think my 'phone was a bit confused, because nothing worked until I took the battery out and put it back. After that, I needed to:
Once the PIN was mutually established, I reconfigured the 'phone not to ask for confirmation before my laptop paired, setup my ppp files as detailed here, and established a GPRS connection (over which I am typing this).
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