Gutsy on an IBM T30
dvincent at sleepdeprived.ca
Sat Nov 17 02:24:12 UTC 2007
I had the pleasure of installing Gutsy on an IBM T30 laptop yesterday.
As the live cd prophecised everything worked out of the box.
I was bit by the black-screen-no-usplash bug (ATI Mobility 7500 32mb),
so I changed my boot options and removed the "quiet splash" items -
bingo. Then I saw the system was hanging when it tried to access the
USB Wifi card. I had to use one of those when the PCMCIA slots stopped
working under XP - it always felt like they had been burned out or had
an issue supplying power to the cards after the system overheated one day.
I went back to my pcmcia wifi card and to my surprise it worked flawlessly.
Then I installed the startupmanager package and used it to configure
GRUB and my usplash screen. I changed it to use a 1024x768 resolution
and 16bit colour and got my usplash back - whee!
Also to my surprise the battery now lasts an hour or more when under XP
it would only last 20mins or so (Gutsy still reported the battery was
broken mind you, but this is an improvement).
I found startupmanager when I was playing with custom usplash themes and
wanted an easy way to administer them. Check it out after a trip to
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