Install log for Linux Fedora 10 x86_64 on a Compal IFL 90 PM2
I do not take responsibility for any problem that occurs in
your system. Use this
information at your own risk.
I bought this laptop a year ago. When I bought it I installed
OpenSuse 10.3 x86_64 (see references for more information about this).
It was now time to upgrade to a new distribution. I decided to give
Fedora 10 a try.
This page describes what you can expect of this combination.
install process went very smoothly. I used the Fedora Core 10 x86_64
DVD. After the installation is complete please update your system:
This will get the latest versions of all packages.
The page I wrote when I installed OpenSuse 10.3:
10.3 x86_64 install guide on a Compal IFL 90
is a great page with tons of information about Ubuntu Linux on this
hardware platform (much of it can be applied to Fedora):
7.10 Gutsy Gibbon installation on a Compal IFL 90
An install guide for Fedora Core 10 with information about adding
support for mp3, codecs, software, etc. This information is
beyond the scope of this page. Anyway, is very useful:
Fedora 10 Install Guide
Here goes the description
of the Compal configuration I bought:
Compal IFL 90 PM2 Barebone
Processor: Intel Core 2
Duo 2.2 Ghz (T7500) “Santa Rosa” FSB 800Mhz
Chipset Intel 965+ICH8M
Ram: 2GB 667 Mhz
Nvidia 8600 GT 512
Hard-drive: 250GB 5400rpm
Screen: 15.4" WXGA+ Glare
Type TFT 1440 x 900
No turbo memory as the
machine is to be used with Linux only. No Vista here :)
I installed the latest available BIOS version (v 1.19).
What will work out of the box
Graphics with correct
resolution (but no 3D acceleration)
Hibernation (to disc)
Web Cam (tested with
What will not work without work:
Nvidia 3D acceleration
What I still can't get to work:
Hibernation (to ram)
Built-In Microphone support
Procedure to get 3D acceleration
In order to enable the 3D
support, the latest Nvidia
driver must be installed. This is a straight forward
I followed the process
described in the NVidia site (go to runlevel 3 and then run the nvidia
There are many ways to
install the proprietary driver. See this
page for detailed information.
Brief notes on Suspend (to RAM)
I still can't get the suspend to RAM to work correctly. The laptop
will suspend correctly (it will turn off with the power light blinking)
but on resume, it will lock. The LCD back lit will be turned on but
nothing appears and the keyboards is locked too (CAPS LOCK does not
I tried several tweaks but none seems to work.
By using s2ram I sometimes can get the laptop to resume correctly. It
fails 1 in every 5 times.
s2ram -f -a3
only way I can get suspend to work is to go to runlevel 3 before
suspending it. By doing this, the above command seems to work every
I will report here any news about this issue.
Update 2009-02-20: It is
After an update of both the kernel and nvidia driver, the
suspend to ram seems to be working fine. Versions installed:
nvidia driver: 180.29
Hard Drive Aggressive Power Management Problem
Sometime ago, there was a story on the web about a "bug" that would
cause the hardrive heads to park too often on recent linux
distributions. I believe that it was initially reported for
Ubuntu. This would only happen on laptops that were in power-save mode
(disconnected from the power cable). This aggressive policy would wear
down the hard drive too quickly shortening it's life.
is a page about this issue.
I don't really know if this
is a kernel bug or a combination of the BIOS, etc.
What I do know is that after Fedora was installed, as with OpenSuse
10.3, I could clearly hear the hard drive clicks every 10 seconds or so.
You can easly check if you
have this problem by running the command (as root):
smartctl -A /dev/sda | grep Load_Cycle_Count
Run this command several
times over some minutes. If you see the counter go up, you have the
I solved the problem by adding this line to /etc/rc.local (so that it
is run everytime the system boots):
hdparm -B 254
This will set the power management less aggressive and it seems to
solve the problem.
Hope that this report is useful to you.
If you need to contact me,
do so here: tiago[dot]estima[at]gmail[dot]com