Linux on Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook E-Series
Howto run Linux on the Lifebooks E-5320 and E-6540 (and probably all
compatible E-Series models). In this document I describe some
interesting details for people who own or want to buy a Lifebook
E-Series and intend to run Linux on it.
To take a little look ahead, almost everything works fine for me
and Iīm very pleased with this notebook. It is a good piece of
Standard and upgrade.
Distribution (RedHat 7.1)
I like a well tested and robust system and do not need some cool
looking GUIs. Instead I prefer the command line, so I chose RedHat
Linux (RHL) as operating system. I have very good experiences with
it, especially when upgrading. No, I do not want to start another
war on which is the best Linux. ;)
Windows on the first (primary) partition (FAT32), the rest of the hard drive in an extended partition containing three logical volumes: two ext2 linux ones and another FAT32 for data exchange. No swap partition - instead using a swap file. 30GB Toshiba MK-3017GAP (9.5mm height) why no journaling fs? (ReiserFS, ext3, xfs, ...)
Linux kernel (2.4.x)
Howto upgrade RHL-Kernels from src-RPMs (make oldconfig). Important selections, example .config
Graphics (ATI 3D Rage P/M Mobility AGP 2x, 4/8 MB)
No 3D-Acceleration Using external monitor
Audio (ESS ES1978 Maestro 2E)
No mixer? ALSA OSS
PC Card/PCMCIA (Ricoh RL5c476 II)
Special configuration. Using: APA-1480, SMC, NE2000, ...
Modem (Lucent LT winmodem)
Links to LTmodem drivers and howto configure PPP. Only in E-5320.
USB (Intel 82371AB PIIX4)
G1 with gphoto2 Power from USB.
IrDA (SMC IrCC v2.0)
Kernel prerequisites (Module serial.o) insmod and usage: S35, Palm
Power Management (SpeedStep, APM, ...)
APM vs. ACPI DeviceConfiguration (PCMCIA, Graphics, Sound, ...) SleepStates and BIOS SpeedStep
Specials (FSC IR-Mouse, Buttons, ...)
IR-Mouse and BIOS Buttons do not work
IBM Microdrive (1GB and 340MB CF2)
I own two IBM Microdrives which i use primarily for my digital camera. These are the (old) DMDM-340 (340 MB) and the new DMSC-1010 (1GB). You can have a look at the specs here. I do have a version called Travel Kit and there is a PCMCIA Adapter included. To use the drive just insert it in the adapter and put it in one of the PCMCIA slots. Linux will detect it as IDE drive and make it accessible as /dev/hde. For Windows(tm) you need a special INF-File to access it, which can be downloaded from IBM. Both drives are not very fast and canīt be used in DMA mode. With hdparm -t /dev/hde I get the following results:
Further information and links
http://www.8fujitsu.com http://www.fsc-pc.de http://www.pc-werksverkauf.de
Thomas Hopfner, 08/2001: Started page