SUSE Linux 10.0 installation on a
Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro v2030 Laptop

Bernhard M. Wiedemann

Version 1.0

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This text explains part of the installation procedure and specialities with SUSE 10.0

See also

other TuxMobil entries
da.phreak's howto


256 MB RAM, VIA VN800 shared memory graphics
# cat /proc/cpuinfo 
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 13
model name      : Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor         1.40GHz
stepping        : 8
cpu MHz         : 1396.691
cache size      : 1024 KB
fdiv_bug        : no
hlt_bug         : no
f00f_bug        : no
coma_bug        : no
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 2
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss tm pbe nx
bogomips        : 2796.78

# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M800CE Host Bridge
00:00.1 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M800CE Host Bridge
00:00.2 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M800CE Host Bridge
00:00.3 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. PT890 Host Bridge
00:00.4 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M800CE Host Bridge
00:00.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M800CE Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 PCI Bridge
00:06.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
00:0c.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller
00:0c.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
00:0f.0 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VIA VT6420 SATA RAID Controller (rev 80)
00:0f.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.4 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 86)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 ISA bridge [KT600/K8T800/K8T890 South]
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 60)
00:11.6 Communication controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 80)
00:12.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 78)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: VIA Technologies, Inc.: Unknown device 3344 (rev 01)

# lspci -n
00:00.0 Class 0600: 1106:0314
00:00.1 Class 0600: 1106:1314
00:00.2 Class 0600: 1106:2314
00:00.3 Class 0600: 1106:3208
00:00.4 Class 0600: 1106:4314
00:00.7 Class 0600: 1106:7314
00:01.0 Class 0604: 1106:b198
00:06.0 Class 0280: 14e4:4318 (rev 02)
00:0c.0 Class 0607: 104c:8031
00:0c.2 Class 0c00: 104c:8032
00:0f.0 Class 0101: 1106:3149 (rev 80)
00:0f.1 Class 0101: 1106:0571 (rev 06)
00:10.0 Class 0c03: 1106:3038 (rev 81)
00:10.1 Class 0c03: 1106:3038 (rev 81)
00:10.4 Class 0c03: 1106:3104 (rev 86)
00:11.0 Class 0601: 1106:3227
00:11.5 Class 0401: 1106:3059 (rev 60)
00:11.6 Class 0780: 1106:3068 (rev 80)
00:12.0 Class 0200: 1106:3065 (rev 78)
01:00.0 Class 0300: 1106:3344 (rev 01)


For installation choose the failsafe mode, because ACPI is not fully supported.
Installation was reported to work with acpi=off vga=791 NOPCMCIA=yes
After first boot, edit the /boot/grub/menu.lst to remove acpi=off and replace with pci=noacpi
vga=0x317 also works.


Synaptic touchpad, USB, LAN, sound, swsusp work out of the box.


The integrated unichrome graphics is supported by vesafb and the X11 fbdev driver.
Here is a working example xorg.conf and another one for SUSE 9.3.
Alternatively the official VIA viafb source framebuffer driver works with
options viafb mode="1024x768" mode1="1024x768" LCD_ON=1 CRT_ON=0 refresh=75 accel=0
with newer drivers you can use
options viafb mode="1024x768" mode1="1024x768" active_dev=LCD refresh=75 accel=1
but that driver does not improve performance.


Hotkeys are supported in X11 by xhkeys This can be built with rpmbuild --rebuild xhkeys-2.2.1-bmw1.src.rpm
xhkeys.plugin1: xhkeys_cdaudio;cda;devname="/dev/cdrom";devgrab=n
xhkeys.plugin2: xhkeys_mixer;vol;devname="/dev/mixer"channel=-1;devgrab=n
xhkeys.codeline1:       236;0;A;mozilla
xhkeys.codeline2:       178;0;A;gvim
xhkeys.codeline4:       174;0;PL;2;Volume -5
xhkeys.codeline3:       176;0;PL;2;Volume +5


Builtin WLAN works adequately with Broadcom windows drivers. Look for 4318 on ndiswrapper list.
download and unzip drivers, then in broadcom_wlan_v3_100_64_1_wxp dir:
ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5a.inf

then follow /usr/share/doc/packages/ndiswrapper/README.SUSE
be sure to not choose "restricted" but "open" authentication mode.


On SUSE 10.0 you need to call pccardctl insert before external hardware is found. Should be included in /etc/init.d

update: openSUSE-11.2

2009-09-26 I tried openSUSE-11.2 and found:

update: openSUSE-11.4-MS4

echo options viafb viafb_mode=1024x768 viafb_mode1=1024x768 viafb_active_dev=LCD > /etc/modprobe.d/98-viafb.conf
nohz=off in /boot/grub/menu.lst to avoid clock being slow

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