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One comment that echoes from Linux users of all distributions is the difficulty of configuring the hardware on a laptop. Laptops are an unusual beast in that most of their hardware is integrated together—video, sound, and modems. Other devices include infrared (IR) port; PCMCIA devices like network adapters; SCSI; and modems. In some cases, these components may be slightly different from the desktop models. For example the video card on a laptop may use a different clock circuit or have limited capabilities specifically to work with the laptop.

Additionally, laptops use features such as power management, battery life monitors, and other functions specifically geared toward laptops. Debian offers many tools for laptop use, which you can include when you install the system. These applications are intermixed with the rest of the Debian packages.

Several resources are available specifically oriented for laptop use. Table 17-2 shows some of the laptop models used with Linux. Not all of these have worked with the Debian distribution specifically, but they have used Linux nonetheless. This list of laptop models comes from people who have installed some version of Linux on to them. Basically, if Linux could be loaded on the laptop, then Debian will likely work too. These models range from older 486 laptops to newer Pentium III laptops. Because there are so many laptops and each one has its own configuration, this section can only provide basic road signs to help guide you to a more helpful resource. Very new laptops may not be included in this list, but that does not mean that Debian will not work on the laptop.

Table 17-2 Linux-installable laptops

Manufacturer

Line

Models

Acer

Extensa

355, 367T, 368T, 390, 500T, 503T, 506T, 710TE, 711TE

Acer

TravelMate

312T, 330T, 340T, 502T, 510T, 511T, 512DX, 512T, 513T, 516TE, 518TX, 521TE, 524TXV, 600TER, 602TER, 721TX, 722TX, 732TE, 734TX

Acernote

Light

350PCX, 370PC, 372, 373

Compaq

Armada

1130, 1500C, 1520D, 1530D, 1540D, 1570, 1592, 1650, 1700, 1750, 1800T, 4120, 4131T, 6500, 7400, 7750MT, 7790DMT, 7800, E500, E700, M300, M700, V300

Compaq

Concerto

Compaq

Contura

400c, 4/25c, Aero

Compaq

LTE Lite

4/25

Compaq

LTE Elite

4/40CX, 4/75

Compaq

LTE

5000, 5100, 5200, 5300

Compaq

Presario

305, 1000-Series, 1200-Series, 1600-Series, 1700T, 1800-Series, 1900-Series, XL-161

Compaq

Prosignia

162, 170

Dell

Inspiron

3000-Series, 5000, 7000, 7500

Dell

Latitude

433MC CP, M166ST, M233XT CPi, A366XT CPt, C333GT, C400GT CPi, D266XT CPt, V466GT Cpi, D266XT CPi, D300XT CPt, S500GT CS, CSx, LM, P-100 LM, P-133 LS, LT, LX4100, XP

Fujitsu

Lifebook

280Dx, 420D, 420D, 435DX, 500, 55T, 635T, 655TX, 690Tx, 731Tx, 735Dx, 755Tx, 765Dx, 790Tx, B110, B110, B110, B110, B112, B2130, C325, C350, C4110, C6320, C6330, C6535, E340, E342, E350, E6150, E6530, E, Series, L440, S4542

Fujitsu

LiteLine

C400DVD

Fujitsu

Milan

Fujitsu

FM-V

Gateway 2000

Colorbook, Handbook 486 Liberty, Nomad 425DXL

Manufacturer

Line

Models

Gateway 2000

Colorbook, Handbook 486 Liberty, Nomad 425DXL

Gateway 2000

Solo

2100, 2150, 2200, 2200, 2300, 2500SE, 2500XL, 3100 Fireant, 3150 Fireant, 5100 LS, 5150, 5150SE, 5300, 9100, 9100, 9150, 9150, 9150, 9300, 9300, 9300E, 9300XL

Hitachi

C100T

Hitachi

Visionbook

Plus, 5280 Pro, 6930 Pro, 7000 Pro, 7560 Pro, 7580 Traveler

HP

Omnibook

XE, XE2, 600, 800, 800CT, 900, 900B, 3000 CTX, 3100, 4000C, 4000CT, 4100, 4150, 5500, 5500CT, 5700, 5700 CT, 6000, 7100

HP

Pavillion

3100, 3100, 3150, 3190, 3250, 3270, 3330, 3390

IBM

Thinkpad

230CS, 240, 310ED, 350, 360CX, 365XD, 380D, 380ED, 385CD, 385XD, 390, 500, 560, 570, 570E, 600, 700, 701, 750, 755C, 760, 765L, 770, A20m, A20m, A20p

IBM

Thinkpad i

1200, 1300, 1400, 1411, 1412, 1420, 1422, 1441, 1450, 1451, 1452, 1460, 1472, 1480, 1560, 1720, 1721, T20, X20

Micron

GoBook, Transport, TREK2

NEC

Ready

120LT, 330T, 340T

NEC

Versa

LX, LXi, FX, 2430CD, 2635CD, 2650CDT, 4200, 6030X, 6050MMX, 6200MMX, SX/440

Panasonic

Let's Note

CF-L1S, CF-Mini

Panasonic

CF-35, CF-41, CF-63, CF-71

Sharp

Actius

A100, A150, A250, A280, A800

Sharp

Mebius

5600

Sharp

PC-8650II, PC-8660, PC-8800, PC-9020

Sony

Vaio

PCG-505, 505F, 505TR, 505TX, 550, 705C, 707C, 737, 745, 747, 747, 748, 808, 838, C1F, C1X, C1XD, C1XG/BP, C1XS, F, series, F707, N505VE, N505X, SR1K, XG-18, XG-19, XG-28, XG-9, Z505FA, Z505HE, Z505JS, Z505R, Z505RX, Z505S, Z505SX, Z600NE, Z600RE, Z600TEK

Table 17-2 (continued)

Manufacturer

Line

Models

Texas Instruments

Extensa

355, 390, 560CD, 570CD, 570CDT, 575CD, 670CDT

Texas Instruments

TravelMate

4000M, 6030

Toshiba

T1900S, T1910CS, T2000SXe, T2100CS, T2105CDS, T2105CDS, T3300SL, T4500, T4600, T4700, T4800CT, T4850

Toshiba

Libretto

30, 50CT, 50CT, 50CT, 50CT, 50CT, 60, 70, 70CT, 100CT, 100CT, 110CT, SS1000

Toshiba

Portege

3010CT, 3010CT, 3015CT, 3015CT, 3110CT, 320CT, 3400, 3440, 3600CT, 7000CT, 7010CDT, 7020CT, 7140CT, 7200CT

Toshiba

Satellite

100CS, 100CS, 110CS, 1605, 1620CDS, 1640CDT, 1670CDS, 200CDS, 205CDS, 230CX, 2000-Series, 300CDT, 310CDT, 315CDS, 320CDS, 320CDT, 330CDS, 335CDS, 330CDS, 400CS, 410CS, 415CS, 425CDS, 430CDT, 440CDX, 460CDT, 480CDT, 490CDT, 490CDT, 4000-Series, 700CT, 7020CT

Toshiba

Tecra

500CDT, 530CDT, 550CDT, 660CDT, 710CDT, 750CDT, 8000, 8100

UMAX

Actionbook

318T, 333T, 333T, 520T, 530T

Winbook

FX, XL, XLi, XL2, XP, XP5

Check out www.cs.utexas.edu/users/kharker/linux-laptop for links to Web pages that describe the specifics for setting up some of these laptops. Hopefully, you can get the help you need for your specific laptop model.

You can also find help at www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Laptop-HOWTO.html.

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