Linux on the Fujitsu E7110
written for Linux on Laptops, and
based heavily on
What I bought:
Fujitsu Lifebook E7710D, from their website
- 1.7 GHz Pentium 4 processor
- 15" SXGA+ TFT display (1400x1050)
- ATI Radeon 7500 Mobility video
- 256 + 128 MB RAM
- 40 GB hard drive (5400 rpm)
- 8x DVD, 24x10x24x CD-RW drive
- 2 USB 1.1 ports
- 1 iLink/Firewire port
- 56K V.90 modem
- 10/100 base-T ethernet
- Lithium battery (lasts about 2 hours)
- about $1800 in November 2002
Installation of RedHat 9 from CDs was quite straight forward, as were
previous versions. Upon the first boot, I joyfully declined Microsoft's
license agreement, promptly rebooted, and reformatted the entire disc for
use with Linux.
What works, and what doesn't
These items (drivers) worked without difficulty:
The linmodem works. Based on the results from scanModem (get it here) and help from the Linmodems discussion group, and the experience found at
I tried the slmodem-2.9.1, which worked like a charm.
See the page linked above and of course the documentation that came with
slmodem-2.9.1 for help getting started.
- DVD / CD drive
- Ethernet (8139too)
- Video / XFree86
- Sound (i810_audio)
- USB 1 (usb-uhci)
- Most everything else (touchpad, keyboard, ...)
The Orinoco Gold wireless card (8420-WD) works great, but required a bit of
a hassel to get the driver compiled. The driver it uses is
I am awaiting the 2.6 series Linux kernel for power management. My previous
Fujitsu laptop (much older) worked well with APM without a struggle. Not so
in this case. Hopefully ACPI will work.
I would like to capture the 5 "security code" buttons to launch xterms or other
useful applications. Anyone know how?
If you wish to contact me regarding the status of my laptop or want help
configuring what you think might be a similar system, email me at wbrisken dot nrao at edu.
last modified June 2004