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Notebook or Laptop?

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Yay! I have a laptop… er… notebook.

This “AMC Visio” (not in the USA, it’s only a different casing but it’s a Toshiba inside) laptop was my fathers’ but he didn’t use it much. Actually he didn’t use it at all. He kept complaining that the touchpad was too stupid for him, aka was too sensitive. So, one day I sat him down and asked if I could get the laptop for myself and install Linux on it. He agreed and here I am.

I’m just loving it! Everything works like it’s supposed to except for three things:

  1. The graphics card – ATI Mobility Radeon X700 – doesn’t have a good ‘nough driver to run compositing – Beryl, Compiz, Compiz Fusion. The open radeon driver doesn’t play well with the widescreen… it messes the resolution
  2. Xorg in many systems (including Ubuntu and Fedora) doesn’t recognize the panel so I have to edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf manually
  3. The built-in webcam (BisonCam, NB Pro #2) doesn’t have a driver for Linux so it’s useless

The best-working part of it is the wireless. It uses a driver with great support for WPA, WEP and all those stuff… it works great in NetworkManager. The sound system on the laptop has SRS wow and it sounds great on Linux! I’m running GNOME, DUH! Gnome rulez!

About that Xorg issue…

That seems to be a very nasty bug on many laptops that use/don’t use the ATI Mobility Radeon X700 so here is how to fix it.

After Xorg starts the screen is blank. — the issue

When Xorg starts, press [CTRL]+[ALT]+[F1] to switch to Console 1. Then if you aren’t on a live cd please log in and then follow the rest of the instructions, if you are on a live cd || you already logged in type the following:

sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

You’ll see nano, the GNU editor. Now move down with the arrow keys until you reach

Section “Device”

Now, insert the following line after the EndSection part of the Section “Device”

Option “MonitorLayout” “LVDS, AUTO”

Now press [CTRL]+[O] to save your changes, and then [CTRL]+[X] to close nano.
Now you can restart Xorg with:

sudo killall Xorg

The end.

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Written by Act1v8

August 3, 2007 at 3:18 pm

Posted in linux

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