This slightly sketchy howto describes my experiences installing linux on a toshiba tecra m2.
Got Debian testing network install CD from here:
- Installing debian
- Custom Kernel
Used CD-RW media so as not to waste a CDR.
ran through installer ok
did nothing with tasksel
installed x-windows-system (apt-get install x-windows-system)
installed a 2.4.26 kernel (for nvidia packages)
Got xfree config fron here:
changed it to use the 'vesa' driver.
glxgears was doing around 600 FPS, more than my powerbook at 400, but
then its 3 years newer... time to check the nvidia binary driver!
installed these packages:
now up to 3100 FPS...
now to get nvidia+kernel 2.6.7 going:
- downloaded kernel-headers package for kernel
- made /usr/src/linux link to kernel-headers-2.6.7
- downloaded latest driver from nvidia
- ran nvidia driver script
Get my xfree config file here: xfree config file for toshiba tecra m2
This machine has an intel pro wireless 2200 card.
I installed ndiswrapper from these 2 debian packages:
then got the driver from the ndiswrapper site:
from the Intel PRO/Wireless Lan 2200 BG link.
Compiled the source
then installed the driver
ndiswrapper -i WLAN_220.127.116.1100/w22n51.INF
then i had a wlan0 inteface!
Update - I am now using the ipw2200 driver from intel. It seems to work quite nicely. And has B/ G support.
Next to get the alsadrivers running...
I installed alsa-base and alsa-utils
alsaconf failed to detect any sound cards.
however, the snd-intel8x0m module was loaded.
As it turned out, alsa had picked up on the modem, which was this:
0000:00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 03)
but it did not pick up the actual sound card:
0000:00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
This seemed strange as this card is apparently suppored by the snd-intel8x0 module
Loading the module did not activate the sound card
So I checked if there were any options thay could be sent to the module. I tried sending
the ac97_quirk option using modconf and the sound card was then detected!
options snd-intel8x0 ac97_quirk
I have built a custom 2.6.7 kernel for this machine. You can download it here: deb of matts 2.6.7 tecra m2 kernel. It includes the software suspend 2 patch. Use this deb strictly at your own risk!