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APM Standard not Supported Because TI appears to think that the future is with Windows95, it seems they have completely ignored the APM industry standard and have created a power management enviroment that can only be controlled by their Windows95 drivers. Here are a couple of the problems that you can't get rid of:
Modem Not Supported
Again, this is another example of TI's narrow minded thinking that only Windows95 needs to be supported. The modems that they give you are WinModems. These modems will never be supported by Linux. You might as well throw yours away (because thay refuse to exchange them or give you credit for them torward another purchase).
bash# ln -s /usr/X11R6/bin/XF86_SVGA /var/X11R6/bin/X
Type in startx and cross your fingers.
You can easily find a generic kernel to support most of the features on the laptop (especially since you can't use the apm drivers even if you did have them in the kernel!) A customized kernel can give you sound support though, as well as triming down the core size of the kernel and reducing the number of modules that you will never use.
I am using kernel version 2.0.27. The following pertains to that version.
You have to modify line number 206 to read
0x0000, /* Mic */This will eliminate feedback caused by the microphone being so close to the speaker. If you have a different version of the sb_mixer file, you should look for the assignment called "default_levels[SOUND_MIXER_NRDEVICES]" which is the one under the "#else" directive for the "#ifdef SM_GAMES" directive. Remember, there are two places that have this assignment. You can change both if you want and it won't make a difference.
Configuring the Kernel
If you have the 2.0.27 source code you can use my config file. Put a copy of this Kernel config file> into the kernel source directory ( /usr/src/linux ). Next, rename the file .config and do a make config.
bash# cp config.kernel .config bash# make xconfigYou have to be running XWindows to take advantage of this command. Otherwise, just type in the following:
bash# make config
Make any site specific changes. (don't change anything unless you know what your doing) After your done, choose "Save and Exit."
Compiling the Kernel
Then, compile the kernel, put it on a floppy disk, and install the kernel version modules. To do this, type in the following commands:
bash# make depend bash# make clean bash# make zdisk bash# make modules bash# make modules_install
When it finishes writing the kernel to the disk, reboot the machine off of the floppy disk. If everything seems to work, you can install the kernel. Before you do, MAKE SURE PCMCIA MODULES ARE INSTALLED for this version of the kernel. See below. To install the kernel, do the following:
bash# cd /usr/src/linux bash# make install