Linux Laptop: Jewel Jade 8060

This laptop is a rebrand of the Compal ACL10.
For other laptops, see Linux on laptops. Another instance of this type with linux on it can be found here

The brand Jewel and the model from Compal are no longer current (duh, five years old!).

Summary

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laptop

I got the laptop mostly to use it as a tv-out video box and for normal desktop work on a desk which should normally be computer-free. In general Linux works fine at first glance, but it took some effort to get more of the hardware to work, since the chipset (i845MP) is not that well supported yet. The nVidia graphics works fine, but only after installing the proprietary driver from nVidia. Powercontrol is not supported yet (should probably change soon in the kernel 2.4.21, when it comes out) and I haven't managed (or tried very hard) to get the smartmedia slot operational. The IEEE1394 works, but I would not want to depend on this, since the plug is flaky.

The most annoying thing about the laptop is the very loud fan.

Quick Overview

Currently Running Software
Software Version Remarks
Kernel 2.6.20 I'm not sure, kubuntu kernel
pcmcia-cs ? PnP support on
alsa sound ? mandrake uses alsa
nVidia Driver ? I'd rather have an open source driver, but this works very well

Status of Features and their level of support
Feature Status Remarks
Sound OK i810_audio, ac97_codec
USB 1.1 OK Just works (needed for mouse)
Video nVidia GeForce4 420 Go OK Needs proprietary driver, also TV-out (XF86Config-4)
Power Management OK? ACPI can show me battery status and AC adapter
PCMCIA slots OK just works
ATA UDMA Maybe Not tested, no more resource collision in recent kernels (2.4.21-preX)
IEEE 1394 Firewire Bad hw I've tried this with a panasonic mini-dv cam, it works, but the design of the plug is vulnerable to breaking and doesn't fit a normal 4pin connector.
PCtel modem Untested I've found a driver for this device, but I haven't tested it (I have broadband)
Smartmedia No driver Although the specs are available, no linux driver is

Linux Distribution

I currently use Kubuntu 7.04 (feisty) on the laptop.

Buying the laptop

The reason I bought this particular laptop was that I did not want to get a windows license with the purchase. I tried to get a Dell, IBM, fujitsu-siemens, but all of them are under the control of microsoft's license contracts. I bought this laptop in 2002, but the brand is no longer available. This model appears to be exactly the same as the Compal ACL10, which is also no longer findable.

Detailed Description

This will contain a list of hardware features and getting it supported on the laptop. I will focus on the parts that don't (yet) work perfectly, so this may look like a tough laptop to get going, it's actually not very hard. However there are a few bits that may hold off some people from buying this machine at this time (mainly ACPI and IDE UDMA support).

description of the hardware, in all ways I can find out...

A thing you should note about this laptop is that it's quite free of legacy hardware support. That means that it doesn't take PS2 keyboards or mice, only USB. The powercontrol of the laptop is also completely incompatible with previous systems (see ACPI Section). It does have a few cool features like:

Using linux tools on the laptop

The output of lspci:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset Host Bridge(rev 04)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 04)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM USB (Hub #1) (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM USB (Hub #2) (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801BAM/CAM PCI Bridge (rev 42)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801CAM ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801CAM IDE U100 (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM SMBus (rev 02)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM AC'97 Audio (rev 02)
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM AC'97 Modem (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 420 Go] (rev a3)
02:00.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. IEEE 1394 Host Controller (rev 46)
02:01.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C (rev 10)
02:04.0 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ6933 Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
02:04.1 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ6933 Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
02:06.0 System peripheral: Toshiba America Info Systems: Unknown device 0804 (rev 02)

See cat /proc/pci, lspci -v, lspcidrake or lspci-vv for a more verbose output.

Graphics (nVidia: GeForce4 420 Go)

Simply works once you install the drivers from nVidia, but to get it to really sing, you need some configuring in the XF86Config-4 file...

When you are installing a linux distribution, don't expect too much and don't install something you feel should work, but doesn't. As long as you have some console or maybe even fb graphics, that's enough until you get the nVidia drivers

Installing the drivers

On this laptop, you will probably want to run a custom kernel, so better get the tarballs (.tar.gz) and read the relevant section in nVidia's documentation, it's very complete!

Setting it up for viewing movies on a TV using tv-out

Of course, you'll want MPlayer to view all kinds of video formats

see this thread for some helpful hints in setting up tv-out and nvidia. I haven't tried this yet.

ACPI issues

I seem to have some success in getting for example KDE to show the status of the battery/AC-adapter. The main thing is to turn off APM support completely in the kernel. I even noticed that when on batteries, it switched to powersafe policy and when on AC-adapter it switched to performance.

Your best bet is to try Andrew Grover's ACPI driver development code. This is really not terribly stable and doesn't work with KDE (3.0) battery meter.

Another interesting development is CPUfreq, which might be able to reduce the laptop's power consumption when it isn't that loaded or when it should be carefull with the amount of used power (battery powered mode). Note that I haven't tried this yet, because I mostly use the laptop at home and close to an AC power source.

Another subject is sleep/hibernation modes of the laptop. I have no idea whether this is supported at all in linux, nor a clue how to set it up if it is.

IDE UDMA issues

I posted a message to the linux kernel mailinglist once to find out more about the problems I was seeing with this laptop. One of them was a problem with device 00:1f.1 having resource collisions. This apparently results in the IDE UDMA support to be unavailbable. This will of course significantly impact disk performance until it is fixed.

Smartmedia slot

There is currently no support for this hardware, but documentation is available at:
http://www.toshiba.com/taec/components/Datasheet/TC6371AF--020122E_R1.8.pdf
and
http://216.239.53.100/search?q=cache:www.toshiba.com/taec/components/Datasheet/TC6371AF--020122E_R1.8.pdf

Also, a post archived at:

http://linux.toshiba-dme.co.jp/ML/tlinux-users/1700/1739.html

This is from the reply to the posting on linux-kernel mailinglist

IEEE 1394 firewire

It works, but the hardware connector is flaky by design. The connector pins are unsupported, so if you miss the openings in the cable connector, you can/will damage the connector in the laptop. When I managed to put it in correctly, it did work using kino and my recent panasonic mini-dv cam.

PCMCIA

I don't think a recent linux will have a problem with this anymore

Wireless LAN

Apparently some versions of this laptop have a built-in wireless LAN option. I have a button which switches a LED on and off, but I don't have the wireless mini-PCI device Janne (see comments) found. For wireless lan I had to get myself a pcmcia card...


Last modified on 1 January 1970 (01:00)