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Linux on Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook E-Series

This is work in progress! Stay tuned! 21.08.2001

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.
This is not a general introduction to Linux, please look at other places (e.g. search google) for this. I assume at least a basic knowledge of Linux!
If you have further hints or want to contribute to this page please mailto:tom@hopfner.de (plain ASCII preferred).
The standard disclaimers apply. I make no guarantees that everything on these pages is correct. It works for me, but I'm taking no responsibility if it doesn't work for you or even destroys your system.



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 hardware!
Anyway I am not sure, if I would buy it again, because of the poor support I got from Fujitsu-Siemens Computers (FSC). Their web-pages are a pure pain (overloaded with graphics and javascript) and I am not even sure which is the official web page. One of the various (outdated) pages I found from FSC or the pages from Fujitsu? (see here for more informations) But your milage may vary and you may be more lucky than me.


E-5320E-6540E-6540 (custom) Comment
Processor Intel Mobile Pentium II 366MHz Intel Mobile Pentium III 600MHz (500MHz when SpeedStep enabled) Special Application (currently only for Windows) needed for SpeedStep
Chipset Intel 440 BX Fast and Good
Display 13.3" TFT 14.1" TFT XGA 1024x768
Memory 64MB 128MB 256MB max. 2 SO-DIMMs, PC100 CL2 (CL3 possible)
Harddisk Fujitsu MH2064AT, 6GB Toshiba MK1214GAP, 12GB Toshiba MK3017GAP, 30GB and IBM DJSA-220, 20GB 2.5", 9.5mm Height(!), UDMA, models may vary

      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. ;)
I started 1994 with Slackware and also use Debian Linux a lot at work. Nowadays any distribution should do it for you!
Installing RHL was very easy: Boot the notebook from CD (you might need to press F12 while booting, to get in the menu to choose the boot drive) and follow the instructions. As I left a MS Windows(tm) partition on my harddrive I prefered to use fdisk instead of disk druid to partition the drive. The installation type was laptop. Almost all of the hardware was auto-detected and some time later I had a working Linux notebook.


       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, ...)
Partition SizeIdType Mount PointDisk Usage
/dev/hda1 2.5GB0xbWin95 FAT32 /mnt/win64%
/dev/hda2 26.5GB0xfWin95 Ext'd (LBA) none-
/dev/hda5 4GB0x83Linux ext2 /72%
/dev/hda6 8GB0x83Linux ext2 /dist56%
/dev/hda7 14.5GB0xbWin95 FAT32 /mnt/data77%

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?



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


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


Thomas Hopfner, 08/2001: Started page