NP3790: Dual boot of Fedora Core 3 and Windows XP

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NP3790: Dual boot of Fedora Core 3 and Windows XP

Postby jgoral » Sat Jan 29, 2005 9:20 am

This is my painless installation of Fedora Core 3 and Windows XP on Sager NP3790 with WUXGA (1920x1200) screen and 80Gb HD.

1. Installation of Windows XP Proffesional:

- installed Windows XP from the CD on 14Gb partition.
- installed all drivers which came on Sager's CDs
- created 24Gb NTFS partition E:
- installed SP2 and all software updates
- Using Symantec Ghost created image of drive C: and stored it on partition E:
- created bootable DVD with the Ghost image to save installation time in the future if reinstallation of WindowsXP needed
- Installed all Windows application on partition E:
- created second Ghost image of partition C: and bootable DVD with it. This saves reinstallation time of applications in the future if C: goes wrong. Applications are on E: but registry settings are saved in the Ghost image.

2. Installation of Fedora Core 3 Linux:

- installed FC 3 from downloaded and burned CD images on the rest of the 80Gb drive.
- downloaded and installed wireless drivers per: http://fedoranews.org/contributors/jim_ ... /wireless/ and http://fedoranews.org/contributors/jim_ ... ewireless/
- added missing APT, Synaptic, extra Yum repositories,... per: http://fedoranews.org/contributors/stan ... /fc3_note/
- modified /etc/X11/xorg.conf for 1920x1200 resolution.

3. This is my /etc/X11/xorg.conf with 1920x1200 support:

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# XFree86 4 configuration created by pyxf86config

Section "ServerLayout"
   Identifier     "Default Layout"
   Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
   InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
   InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
   InputDevice    "Synaptics" "AlwaysCore"
EndSection

Section "Files"

# RgbPath is the location of the RGB database.  Note, this is the name of the
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db").  There is normally
# no need to change the default.
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
   RgbPath      "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
   FontPath     "unix/:7100"
EndSection

Section "Module"
   Load  "dbe"
   Load  "extmod"
   Load  "fbdevhw"
   Load  "glx"
   Load  "record"
   Load  "freetype"
   Load  "type1"
   Load  "synaptics"
   Load  "dri"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
#   Option   "Xleds"      "1 2 3"
# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
#   Option   "XkbDisable"
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults).  For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
#   Option   "XkbModel"   "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
#   Option   "XkbModel"   "microsoft"
#
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
#   Option   "XkbLayout"   "de"
# or:
#   Option   "XkbLayout"   "de"
#   Option   "XkbVariant"   "nodeadkeys"
#
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
#   Option   "XkbOptions"   "ctrl:swapcaps"
# Or if you just want both to be control, use:
#   Option   "XkbOptions"   "ctrl:nocaps"
#
   Identifier  "Keyboard0"
   Driver      "kbd"
   Option       "XkbModel" "pc105"
   Option       "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
   Identifier  "Mouse0"
   Driver      "mouse"
   Option       "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
   Option       "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
   Option       "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
   Option       "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
   Identifier  "Synaptics"
   Driver      "synaptics"
   Option       "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
   Option       "Protocol" "auto-dev"
   Option       "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
   Identifier   "Monitor0"
   VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
   ModelName    "LCD Panel 1920x1200"
   #HorizSync    31.5 - 90.0
   #VertRefresh  60.0 - 60.0
DisplaySize 330 210
HorizSync 31.5 - 100
VertRefresh 28 - 90
   Option       "dpms"
Modeline "1920x1200" 161.750000 1920 2020 2052 2184 1200 1202 1208 1235 -HSync -VSync

EndSection

Section "Device"
   Identifier  "Videocard0"
   Driver      "radeon"
   VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
   BoardName   "ATI Radeon Mobility 9600 M10"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
   Identifier "Screen0"
   Device     "Videocard0"
   Monitor    "Monitor0"
   DefaultDepth     24
   SubSection "Display"
      Viewport   0 0
      Depth     16
      Modes    "800x600" "640x480"
   EndSubSection
   SubSection "Display"
      Viewport   0 0
      Depth     24
   Modes    "1920x1200" "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
   EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "DRI"
   Group        0
   Mode         0666
EndSection


Jack


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Sager 3790 Linux

Postby nanobubble » Sat Apr 30, 2005 6:56 pm

Thank you for your post. I have been eyeing the Sager 3790 for weeks now, but my primary hesitation lies in the compatibility of this notebook with Linux specifically regarding the graphics card.

I have read that nVidia graphics cards play nicer with Linux, but you have no complaints? Could you perhaps play FreeCiv or Doom3 and share your experiences?

Thanks~Nanobubble
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what about wsxga+?

Postby drlouis » Sun May 01, 2005 12:38 pm

Thanks for the very informative post! I do have one question though. Does anyone know the value for horizontal sync/vertical refresh on the wsxga+ (1680x1050) screen? I can get the other values if I know one of these, but I can't seem to find them anywhere....

Thanks to anyone who can help point me in the right direction.

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Postby jgoral » Sat Jun 11, 2005 5:13 pm

Sorry guys, I do not play computer games. I am using the notebook for software development on Linux and Windows. With this screen resolution I can see a lot of code at the same time:-)

Modelines for different screen resolution can be copied from other posts, I guess. Search engines are often very helpfull...

Jack
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Postby jgoral » Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:26 am

Update about update: FC4 and FC5 work as well or even better than FC3 on this laptop .
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