Linux on a Eurocom 3100c

Quick Update: I've actually switched to Debian on this machine. First off, I want to say that doing a Debian install was like stepping back in time to my first redhat install, which was probably circa 1995. That can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you like your installers, but the important thing here is that this laptop is not entirely supported by the stable version of debian. So if you want to run it, be prepared to do some work. I'll try to update the page with debian-specific instructions if I develop some free time.

Eurocom 3100cThe short version of the story: it works.

According to Eurocom, they had successfully installed and run RedHat (6.0) on "all their current models" (the 3100, 5100 and 8500, I assume). At that time, there were no sound card drivers available, but when I upgraded to RedHat 6.1 they directed me to an experimental driver, then when I upgraded to kernel 2.2.14, I found the driver in the kernel.

Standard disclaimer: This worked for me, but I can't guarantee it'll work for everyone. Use at your own risk. May contain traces of nuts. Do not use laptop while operating heavy machinery.

The Specs

The machine is currently a dual-boot Win98 (Q: What's a nice girl like you doing in an OS like that? A: Transcribing Calculus notes in WordPerfect 9) and RedHat Linux 6.1 (Q: What's a nice girl like you doing in an OS like that? A: Whatever I feel like, thank you).

Details

My fairly-standard RH 6.1 install covered everything except the sound card, and the PCMCIA-Howto covered the PCMCIA stuff which wasn't done by default.

If it's not mentioned here, it probably worked right off the bat with whatever settings I chose, so I didn't think to mention it. If you have further questions, feel free to contact me.

PCMCIA

I read and followed the instructions in the Linux PCMCIA HOWTO and all seems to be well. The probe reported, "PCI bridge probe: TI 1225 found, 2 sockets." and the i82365 driver seems to be working. When I put in my Linksys 10/100 + 56K Modem PC Card, it was detected and worked immediately. I like my card.

Another good PCMCIA link: Linux PCMCIA information

Sound

I haven't tried to get sound working yet, although apparently the driver for my "ESS Technology|ES1978 Maestro Audiodrive" sound card is available at http://people.redhat.com/zab/maestro/. I'll get around to trying it when I've got some spare time.

Updated 30/5/00: Sound has been working on my system for some time now, I just forgot to update the page. The experimental driver worked, as does the driver in kernel 2.2.14. Working, however, doesn't mean working beautifully. MP3s play very poorly, usually skipping for no apparent reason, or simply being "noisy" and no one has so far been able to offer a suggestion that actually worked. Yes, I've tried messing with every setting in xmms, mpg123 and to no avail. The only thing which plays mp3s without skipping on this machine is Windows Media Player. :P

X

When I first installed X, I was running 3.3.3 (I think) and it didn't support my particular ATI, so I guessed and chose something close that used the Mach64 driver. (I figured, at least, that an LCD can't blow up.) It worked beautifully... but only for 2/3 of the screen. The rightmost 1/3 remained entirely black, and although I could mouse into it and click on stuff, there was no display.

Upon installing the latest version of X, the problem was corrected and I haven't had any further difficulties.

I'm including my XF86Config file here -- this may be of some help.

A further note of caution: The Eurocom has a function key for expanding the screen to give you a full-screen 640x480 mode. Don't try to run X at 1024x768 if you're in the full-screen 640x480 mode. It makes your screen go white and start doing a glowing nuclear meltdown affect. This doesn't seem to hurt the computer if you do it by accident (and shut it off immediately), but I wouldn't recommend it.

Some links: