Linux on a Compaq 1600 XL HOWTO

This Notebook is fully linux compatible

Here is the specifics of that notebook:

CPU Genuine Intel Celeron Mendocino 466 Mhz (Bogomips 927.33
Memory 64 Mb (I use 8 of this for the videoram)
Floppy Unknown 1.44MB 3.5″
Hard Disk Fujitsu 6Gb ATAPI / IDE
Modem Conexant HSP MicroModem 56K pci (Software Modem)
Monitor: XTFT 14″
Video Card Trident Microsystems Cyberblade (generic) Cyberblade i1 pci
Sound Card Via Technologies Inc. VT82C686 pci [Apollo Super Ac97/audio]
Touchpad Synaptic

Thanks to Harddrake for those informations :) ( you can download it at∞ )
Update (27-5-2002): I’ve corrected the Mouse cursor problem with Linux in a Compaq Presario
Sometimes, when the memory is full and linux swaps on hard drive, the mouse cursor leave his correct position and the mouse clicks 1 cm left from the pointer. To correct that problem, insert the line Option “sw_cursor” in the Section “Device” of /etc/X11/XF68Config-4 configuration file. That corrects the problem. I’ve updated the configuration files.

Update: Now also the Conexant winmodem works correctly!
Thanks to Mark Hopkins for this wimodem help
You can find a driver at the location:
I’ve tested it with Red Hat 7.2, and it works correctly. Because I don’t live on US, after the installation with the rpm of the driver I’ve launched that command:
# hsfconfig –country
And then Selected “Italy”. You can select here your different country.
See those urls to get more information:

I’ve installed a Mandrake 7.2 , a Red Hat 7.1 and a Red Hat 7.2 distribution. They don’t recognize our graphic card, but the only thing you have to do is to replace the /etc/X11/XF86Config or /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 with the one provided in this page. (Read the files table). I use the touchpad or an external ps2 mouse, there’s no problem with the configuration.
If you want to use an external ps2 wheel mouse you must disable the gpm daemon on console, because it makes the mouse on console crazy and flipping. If you want to use the wheel, you must edit the section “imputdevice” as follow

Section “InputDevice”
Identifier “Mouse0”
# Modified by mouseconfig
Driver “mouse”
Option “Device” “/dev/mouse”
Option “Protocol” “IMPS/2”
Option “Emulate3Buttons” “no”
Option “ZAxisMapping” “4 5”

This notebook has a confortable little display that shows the battery status, so I have not installed any dock to show the apm status in my desktop. Just run “apm” on a console if you want the % of charge.

And here is my configuration files:
Kernel Configuration (version 2.2.4-test11).
The soundcard works with the Via kernel driver, just do a modprobe to load the modules (Red Hat 7.2 does it automatically): .config

Xfree Configuration (for version 3.3.6)

It’s with italian keyboard, so if you want an other country map just modify the keyboard section and substitute the “it” with your keymap.

I used there 8 Mb for the videoram, setted from the bios. To use the mtrr acceleration, execute this command (after recompiling the kernel, with my .config file or with mtrr enabled):

echo “base=0xF5000000 size=8192k type=write-combining” >/proc/mtrr


Xfree Configuration (for version 4.*) (NEW)
The only way to make the new Xfree working with our laptop is to change first the /etc/lilo.conf file, adding a line with the VGA mode. If not, launching the Xfree server you will get working section of video, but not centered and moved on the right (if you can correct this error, send the solution to me). So change the lilo.conf file like this:

vga=791 <-------- That line is fundamental lba32 prompt timeout=30 message=/boot/message default=Windows image=/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.2-2 label=linux read-only root=/dev/hda7 append="ide=ata66 idebus=66" vga=788 <--------# That line is fundamental image=/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.2-2 <----- this section is the same # that above, but without the vga line. Add it to be #sure when you will #reboot to have at least one lilo image working. label=linuxtext read-only root=/dev/hda7 append="idebus=66 ide0=ata66 ide0=dma hda=autotune ide0=autotune" other=/dev/hda1 <--- this is not fundamental :) optional label=WindowsThen you must be sure to use the Xfree 4 version. In modern distribution (like Mandrake 7.2, 8, Red Hat 7.1 and so on) you have the choice at the installation time. After that, you can change the Xfree version running on your machine by changing the /etc/X11/X simbolic link. If it brings to /usr/bin/X11/XFree86 then you're using the 4.* version. If it link to a /usr/bin/X11/XF86_* then you're using the 3.3.6 one. Just change that link to the one you want!!So now you can put my configuration file XF86Config-4 in your /etc/X11 dir.It's with italian keyboard, so if you want an other country map just modify the keyboard section and substitute the "it" with your keymap.I used there 4 Mb for the videoram, setted from the bios. To use the mtrr acceleration, se the relative documentation in the kernel source tree.FilesXF86Config (version 3)# XF86Config auto-generated by XF86Setup## Copyright (c) 1996 by The XFree86 Project, Inc.## Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a# copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"),# to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation# the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense,# and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the# Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:## The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in# all copies or substantial portions of the Software.## THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR# IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,# FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL# THE XFREE86 PROJECT BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY,# WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF# OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE# SOFTWARE.## Except as contained in this notice, the name of the XFree86 Project shall# not be used in advertising or otherwise to promote the sale, use or other# dealings in this Software without prior written authorization from the# XFree86 Project.## See 'man XF86Config' for info on the format of this fileSection "Files"RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"FontPath "unix/:-1"# FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi:unscaled,/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi:unscaled,/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1,/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/URW,/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo,/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc,/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi,/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi"EndSectionSection "ServerFlags"EndSectionSection "Keyboard"Protocol "Standard"AutoRepeat 250 30LeftAlt MetaRightAlt MetaScrollLock ComposeRightCtl ControlXkbKeycodes "xfree86"XkbTypes "default"XkbCompat "default"XkbSymbols "us(pc105)"XkbGeometry "pc"XkbRules "xfree86"XkbModel "pc105"XkbLayout "it"# XkbSymbols "us(pc101)"# XkbModel "pc101" #"pc104"# XkbLayout "us" #"de"# XkbVariant "nodeadkeys"EndSectionSection "Pointer"Protocol "PS/2"Device "/dev/psaux"BaudRate 1200Emulate3Timeout 50EndSectionSection "Monitor"Identifier "Generic Multisync"VendorName "Unknown"ModelName "Unknown"HorizSync 30-64VertRefresh 60-60Modeline "1024x768" 65.00 1024 1032 1176 1344 768 771 777 806 -hsync -vsyncEndSectionSection "Device"Identifier "Generic VGA"VendorName "Unknown"BoardName "Unknown"Chipset "generic"EndSectionSection "Device"Identifier "My Video Card"VendorName "Unknown"BoardName "Unknown"Chipset "cyberblade"EndSectionSection "Screen"Driver "Accel"Device "My Video Card"Monitor "Generic Multisync"DefaultColorDepth 32BlankTime 0SuspendTime 0OffTime 0SubSection "Display"Depth 8Modes "1024x768"ViewPort 0 0EndSubSectionSubSection "Display"Depth 15Modes "1024x768"EndSubSectionSubSection "Display"Depth 16Modes "1024x768"EndSubSectionSubSection "Display"Depth 24Modes "1024x768"EndSubSectionSubSection "Display"Depth 32Modes "1024x768"EndSubSectionEndSectionSection "Screen"Driver "SVGA"Device "My Video Card"Monitor "Generic Multisync"DefaultColorDepth 32BlankTime 0SuspendTime 0OffTime 0SubSection "Display"Depth 8Modes "1024x768"EndSubSectionSubSection "Display"Depth 15Modes "1024x768"EndSubSectionSubSection "Display"Depth 16Modes "1024x768"EndSubSectionSubSection "Display"Depth 24Modes "1024x768"ViewPort 0 0EndSubSectionSubSection "Display"Depth 32Modes "1024x768"EndSubSectionEndSectionSection "Screen"Driver "VGA16"Device "Generic VGA"Monitor "Generic Multisync"BlankTime 0SuspendTime 0OffTime 0SubSection "Display"Depth 4Modes "1024x768"ViewPort 0 0EndSubSectionEndSectionSection "Screen"Driver "VGA2"Device "Generic VGA"Monitor "Generic Multisync"BlankTime 0SuspendTime 0OffTime 0SubSection "Display"Depth 1Modes "1024x768"ViewPort 0 0EndSubSectionEndSectionXF86Config-4# XFree86 4.0 configuration generated by XconfiguratorSection "ServerLayout" Identifier "XFree86 Configured" Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0 InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer" InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard" EndSection# By default, Red Hat Linux 6.0 and later use xfsSection "Files" FontPath "unix/:7100" EndSection# Module loading sectionSection "Module" Load "dbe" # Double-buffering Load "GLcore" # OpenGL support Load "dri" # Direct rendering infrastructure Load "glx" # OpenGL X protocol interface Load "extmod" # Misc. required extensions Load "v4l" # Video4Linux # Load "pex5" # PHIGS for X 3D environment (obsolete) # Load "record" # X event recorder # Load "xie" # X Image Extension (obsolete) # You only need the following two modules if you do not use xfs. # Load "freetype" # TrueType font handler # Load "type1" # Adobe Type 1 font handler EndSectionSection "InputDevice" Identifier "Keyboard0" Driver "keyboard" Option "XkbLayout" "it" EndSectionSection "InputDevice" Identifier "Mouse0" # Modified by mouseconfig Driver "mouse" Option "Device" "/dev/mouse" Option "Protocol" "PS/2" Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no" Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5" EndSectionSection "Monitor" Identifier "CustomConfiguration" VendorName "Unknown" ModelName "Unknown" HorizSync 31.5-57 VertRefresh 50-90 Option "dpms" EndSectionSection "Device" Identifier "My Video Card" Driver "trident" BoardName "Unknown" # Use Option "nolinear" if the server doesn't start up correctly # (this avoids the linear framebuffer probe). If that fails try # option "nomemaccess". # # Refer to /usr/X11R6/lib/doc/README.S3, and the XF86_S3 man page. EndSectionSection "Device" Identifier "Linux Frame Buffer" Driver "fbdev" BoardName "Unknown" EndSectionSection "Screen" Identifier "Screen0" Device "My Video Card" Monitor "CustomConfiguration" DefaultDepth 16 Subsection "Display" Depth 16 Modes "1024x768" EndSubSection EndSectionSection "DRI" Mode 0666 EndSectionXF86Config-4 Debian### BEGIN DEBCONF SECTION # XF86Config-4 (XFree86 server configuration file) generated by dexconf, the # Debian X Configuration tool, using values from the debconf database. # # Edit this file with caution, and see the XF86Config-4 manual page. # (Type "man XF86Config-4" at the shell prompt.) # # If you want your changes to this file preserved by dexconf, only make changes # before the "### BEGIN DEBCONF SECTION" line above, and/or after the # "### END DEBCONF SECTION" line below. # # To change things within the debconf section, run the command: # dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 # as root. Also see "How do I add custom sections to a dexconf-generated # XF86Config or XF86Config-4 file?" in /usr/share/doc/xfree86-common/FAQ.gz.Section "Files" FontPath "unix/:7100" # local font server # if the local font server has problems, we can fall back on these FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc" FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic" FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1" FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo" FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi" FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi" EndSectionSection "Module" Load "GLcore" Load "bitmap" Load "dbe" Load "ddc" Load "dri" Load "extmod" Load "freetype" Load "glx" Load "int10" Load "pex5" Load "record" Load "speedo" Load "type1" Load "vbe" Load "xie" # Load "xtt" EndSectionSection "InputDevice" Identifier "Generic Keyboard" Driver "keyboard" Option "CoreKeyboard" Option "XkbRules" "xfree86" Option "XkbModel" "pc105" Option "XkbLayout" "it" EndSectionSection "InputDevice" Identifier "Configured Mouse" Driver "mouse" Option "CorePointer" Option "Device" "/dev/psaux" Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2" Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5" EndSectionSection "InputDevice" Identifier "Generic Mouse" Driver "mouse" Option "SendCoreEvents" "true" Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice" Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2" Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5" EndSectionSection "Device" Identifier "Trident Cyberblade i1" Driver "trident" VideoRam 8024 Option "sw_cursor" EndSectionSection "Monitor" Identifier "Generic Monitor" HorizSync 30-60 VertRefresh 50-75 Option "DPMS" EndSectionSection "Screen" Identifier "Default Screen" Device "Trident Cyberblade i1" Monitor "Generic Monitor" DefaultDepth 24 SubSection "Display" Depth 1 Modes "1024x768" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 4 Modes "1024x768" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 8 Modes "1024x768" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 15 Modes "1024x768" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 16 Modes "1024x768" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 24 Modes "1024x768" EndSubSection EndSectionSection "ServerLayout" Identifier "Default Layout" Screen "Default Screen" InputDevice "Generic Keyboard" InputDevice "Configured Mouse" InputDevice "Generic Mouse" EndSectionSection "DRI" Mode 0666 EndSection### END DEBCONF SECTIONI'm working to use the special internet keys over the keyboard, so stay tuned!Please email me anything you want to add or modify into this page.

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