Skip to main content

Installing Linux on a Gateway M685 - success at last with SuSE

After downloading SuSE 10.1 beta 9 via BitTorrent (Azureus) and burning five new CDROMs, I was able to boot the M685 and see the SATA drive and its partitions. I was then able to fully install Linux on the M685. I have yet to fully test the installation to see if everything works, but everything does seem to work that needs to work. The only portions of the installation that need further testing are audio and video playback and WiFi connectivity.

Installation of SuSE 10.1 beta 9 was wonderfully uneventful. All hardware was detected. I noticed that this time when I selected packages to install I did not wind up with a lot of other dependent packages to install as well. When it came time to set up the video system, I was able to simply and properly configure it to 1680 x 1050 resolution. I attribute this to the nVidia GeForce Go 7800 video card in the M685. My earlier Gateway M680 had an ATi X700 Mobility Radeon, which required the ATi kernel driver be installed just to properly use the 2D display resolution. I don't seem to have 3D hardware acceleration at this time. I strongly suspect the nVidea Linux driver needs to be installed, but lack of 3D hardware support is not a show-stopper.

Even though it's a beta, this installation has been the smoothest ever. No surprises, nothing out of the ordinary. It Just Works. Oh. It was another beta, SuSE 10 Beta 3, that allowed me to get most of the Gateway M680 up and running last August.

Comments

  1. Hello there
    Ive been running ubuntu on my Gateway m680 for a while now. I have teh Geforce Go 680 graphics card. Do you know if the standard linux nvidia drivers apply to our cards. They are custome somehow and are not part of the official nvidia windows driver realease. Thankee

    ReplyDelete
  2. Which version of Ubuntu? I don't know about the capabilities of nVidia drivers for any version of Ubuntu, as the video card installed in mine was the ATI Mobile X700 and I run Suse 10 on that machine. I do know that the nVidia drivers worked on my later notebook, the M685, but again under Suse 10.1. It has the Go 7800. I was able to get the drivers as RPMs from the nVidia supported repository.

    The only thing I can say is to grab the nVidia driver from their site and install according to their directions.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

All comments are checked. Comment SPAM will be blocked and deleted.

Popular posts from this blog

cat-in-a-box channels greta garbo

So I'm sitting at my computer, when I start to notice a racket in back. I ignore it for a while until I hear a load "thump!", as if something had been dropped on the floor, followed by a lot of loud rattling. I turn around and see Lucy in the box just having a grand old time, rolling around and rattling that box a good one. I grab the GX1 and snap a few shots before she notices me and the camera, then leaps out and back into her chair (which used to be my chair before she decided it was her chair).

Just like caring for Katie my black Lab taught me about dogs, caring for Lucy is teaching me about cats. She finds me fascinating, as I do her. And she expresses great affection and love toward me without coaxing. I try to return the affection and love, but she is a cat, and she takes a bat at me on occasion, although I think that's just her being playful. She always has her claws in when she does that.

She sits next to me during the evening in her chair while I sit in mi…

vm networking problem fixed

Over the weekend I upgraded to Windows 8.1, then discovered that networking for the virtual machines wouldn't work. Then I tried something incredibly simple and fixed the problem.

Checking the system I noticed that three VMware Windows services weren't running; VMnetDHCP, VMUSBArbService, and VMwareNatService. VMware Player allows you to install, remove, or fix an existing installation. I chose to try fixing the installation, and that fixed the problem. The services were re-installed/restarted, and the virtual machines had networking again.

Once network connectivity was established there was exactly one updated file for Ubuntu 13.10, a data file. This underscores how solid and finished the release was this time. Every other version of every other Linux installation I've ever dealt with has always been succeeded by boatloads of updates after the initial installation. But not this time.

Everything is working properly on my notebook. All's right with the world.

sony's pivotal mirrorless move

I'm a died-in-the-wool technologist, even when it comes to photography. I have always been fascinated with the technology that goes into manufacturing any camera, from the lenses (optics) through the mechanical construction, the electronics involved, and especially the chemistry of the film and the sophistication of the digital sensor. It's amazing that the camera can do all it's asked of it, regardless of manufacturer.

Of all the types of cameras that I've really taken an interest in, contemporary mirrorless (again, regardless of manufacturer) are the most interesting because of the challenging problems the scientists and engineers have had to solve in order to build a compact but highly functional camera. In particular I've followed the sensor advances over the years and watched image quality climb (especially with μ4:3rds) to exceed film and rival one another such that there's very little difference any more as you move from the smaller sensors such as 4:3r…