Intel Pentium 4 processor at 2.0 GHz
On-die 512 KB cache
8 KB Internal Cache (L1)
400 MHz processor side BUS
This processor is fully supported by the linux kernel. Distro users
should use i686 packages for maximal performance.
Related Kernel Options: CONFIG_MPENTIUM4.
200N: 15" XGA TFT (Resolution 1024x768)
250N: 15" Super XGA+ TFT (Resolution 1400x1050)
For redhat users, you can configure xwindows to use this monitor by
simply selecting "Generic Laptop Display" with the appropriate
resolution from above while running the redhat xf86config tool. For
debian users, you can try my config file.
(If you are using a Dell SmartStep 250N, you will need to change this
file to support higher resolutions so edit the "Screen" Section).
Intel 845 AGP Controller
The standard linux kernels (atleast versions 2.4 and 2.6) have full
support for this AGP controller. Use agpgart and the
Intel I810 modules.
Related Kernel Options: CONFIG_AGP, CONFIG_AGP_INTEL
ATI Radeon Mobility M 6 (32 MB NVRAM) Graphics Card
XFree86 has drivers for ATI radeon-based cards (use the "radeon" driver)
-- see my config for example. The kernel also
supports radeon framebuffer devices (if you don't know what I'm talking
about then don't worry about it -- you don't need framebuffer
Related Kernel Options:CONFIG_AGP, CONFIG_AGP_INTEL,
CONFIG_DRM, CONFIG_DRM_NEW, CONFIG_DRM_RADEON (and CONFIG_FB,
CONFIG_DUMMY_CONSOLE, CONFIG_FB_RADEON, CONFIG_FBCON_CFB32 if you want
to enable framebuffer devices).
Synaptics Touch Pad
Despite its look, the mouse is PS/2 compatible, so you can use the PS/2
protocol drivers to talk to it. You can, however, get the new Synaptics
driver for XFree86, which will enable additional features with the
pad, like palm detection, multitap gestures, and more. Note: For those
of you using the 2.5 kernels, you will have to download the new driver
or pass the psmouse_noext option to the kernel on the command-line for
the mouse to work.
Related Kernel Options: CONFIG_INPUT, CONFIG_MOUSE,
Both debian and redhat support this card out of the box. In fact, the
card was immediately recognized by both the distros' network install
floppy images -- you will need to create a floppy with the redhat
drvnet.img image file in order to have access to the onboard controller
Related Kernel Options: CONFIG_8139TOO
Intel 537 82801BA/BAM AC'97 56Kpbs Modem
The modem on the 200N works with the driver on this page.
It must be compiled from source if you don't use Mandrake, Red Hat or
SuSE, and it only works with 2.4 kernels that do not use CONFIG_PREEMPT.
I haven't verified this for myself as I don't use modems, but thanks to
Joshua Kwan for the note.
Fixed Internal DVD ROM (200N)
The DVD ROM is supported by all the distros. Playing DVDs, however, is
another matter. The filesystem on the DVDs is called UDF, and the
movies are stored in MPEG2 format and encrypted with CSS. In order to
play DVDs, you need to get a hold of the DeCSS software and a decent dvd
player (like xine, ogle, mplayer, etc). Unfortunately, this is all I
can say without violating the DMCA in the United States.
CDRW+DVD Combination Drive (250N)
PC Card Slots
Texas Instruments PCI1250 Cardbus Controller
The cardbus standard has long been supported on linux, and I have
verified that the bridge does work "out of the box" on both the latest
Debian and Redhat distributions.
Lucent Technologies Orinoco Wireless Ethernet (80211B) PC Card
This is a "hermes" style card, and is supported by default on redhat.
Redhat users may install the distro using the network install option, as
this card is also supported by the redhat install system. Debian users
will have to resort to creating their own boot floppy images -- I will
post one as soon as I can. In any case, neither installation system
provides a simple facility for configuring the card during the install,
which makes it a real pain to install a system using a wireless card if
your wireless LAN is running WEP. If you are compiling your own kernel,
remember that these cards are 16-bit PCMCIA cards and thus will require
you to enable CONFIG_ISA in your kernel (to allow for the assignment of
the card's IRQ,etc).
Related Kernel Options: CONFIG_NET_RADIO, CONFIG_HERMES,
Intel Corp. 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio
The Intel I810 ICH drivers work perfectly.
Related Kernel Options: CONFIG_SOUND, CONFIG_SOUND_ICH
USB: Intel Corp. 82801BA/BAM USB
This is a UHCI controller, so use the usbcore and usb-uhci
modules to use the USB ports.
USB ZIP 100/250/750
This drive works with the kernel's usb-storage driver. USB storage
devices are accessed as SCSI disks, so your kernel must also enable SCSI
disk support. Most distributions build these modules with their default
Kingston USB Compact Flash Reader
This reader works with the kernel's usb-storage driver. USB storage
devices are accessed as SCSI disks, so your kernel must also have SCSI
disk support enabled. Most distributions ship these modules with their
default kernel packages. If you have a USB reader for any other digital
media type (Compact Flash, Memory Stick,etc) or even one of the
combination readers, the usb-storage driver will still work, and in fact
even works on some cameras directly.
USB Palm Pilot
The visor driver will work with all palm-based USB PDAs. You can
access the Palm via /dev/ttyUSB1 for example.
Firewire IEEE 1394 (1): Texas Instruments TSB43AB21 Controller
I haven't any firewire devices at present, so I can't really test firewire
support. I have compiled-in support for IEEE 1394, and the kernel seems
to identify and initialize the controller so things appear to work.
If anyone wants to send me a digital video camera or an ipod, I'd
Please feel free to contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on irc
(i'm usually found in #linux on undernet as boolean); your questions will
help me enhance this page which will hopefully help other linux geeks.
Other useful stuff:
Kernel Config (2.4.x)
Kernel Config (2.6.x)
(for still using a modem)