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: ... /wireless/ and ... ewireless/
- added missing APT, Synaptic, extra Yum repositories,... per: ... /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"

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"

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

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"

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

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

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


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

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

Section "DRI"
   Group        0
   Mode         0666


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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?

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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...

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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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