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I bought an Olidata Notebook Tehom 7600 because of the low price. I verified that most GNU/Linux distro don't install (if installable) or boot (if live cd). I tried:

Maybe it's possible to run them by passing some parameters to the kernel, I don't know. Only 2 distros seemed to work: gNewSense 2.1 and College Linux 2.3 (we won't care about College Linux, right?).

gNewSense installation was very fast and apparently painless. But when I could use the system... I had only 2 monitor resolutions: 640x480 and 800x600 (default). It was terrible. I had to modify the X11 conf file:

 sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Here is the new contents:

 Section "InputDevice"
 Identifier    "Generic Keyboard"
 Driver        "kbd"
 Option        "XkbRules"    "xorg"
 Option        "XkbModel"    "pc105"
 Option        "XkbLayout"    "it"
 Option        "XkbOptions"    "lv3:ralt_switch"
 EndSection

 Section "InputDevice"
 Identifier    "Configured Mouse"
 Driver        "mouse"
 Option        "CorePointer"
 EndSection

 Section "InputDevice"
 Identifier    "Synaptics Touchpad"
 Driver        "synaptics"
 Option        "SendCoreEvents"    "true"
 Option        "Device"        "/dev/psaux"
 Option        "Protocol"        "auto-dev"
 Option        "HorizEdgeScroll"    "0"
 EndSection

 Section "Device"
 Identifier    "Card0"
 EndSection

 Section "Monitor"
 Identifier   "Monitor0"
 VendorName   "Olidata"
 ModelName    "Monitor Model"
 HorizSync    30-107
 VertRefresh  48-120
 EndSection

 Section "Screen"
 Identifier    "Screen0"
 Device        "Card0"
 Monitor        "Monitor0"
 DefaultDepth 24
 SubSection "Display"
 Viewport  0 0
 Depth     24
 Modes     "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
 EndSubSection
 EndSection

 Section "ServerLayout"
 Identifier    "Default Layout"
 Screen        "Screen0"
 InputDevice    "Synaptics Touchpad"
 EndSection

Ok, much better. My screen supports 1280x800 resolution, but I don't care about it. PLEASE NOTE that I don't know if Depth, HorizSync and VertRefresh values are correct. Olidata website doesn't provide those infos and technical support is... well... I hope you'll never have to talk with them. Also, none of the tools I've tried have been able to find out those values.

I had another problem I couldn't solve: after system hybernation & wake up, audio goes away. That's why I don't use hybernation.

I don't have any other problems with gNewSense on my notebook.


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UserExperiences/ProblemsOnOlidataNotebook (last edited 2013-09-05 21:36:29 by FelipeLopez)