This page contains information on how to set up Linux on a Quantex 1401 laptop. This Quantex model is identical to Dell Inspiron 7000 series laptop. For more information, please refer to the DI 7000 page by Steve Hsieh, which I used heavily to perform my installation and write this document.
Relevant or useful links.
My laptop is configured as follows:
Model Quantex 1401 Processor Pentium II 300 RAM 80 Mb HD 6.4 Gb Display 14.1" XGA Active Matrix Video adapter ATI Rage Lt Pro AGP 2x Sound ESS Maestro-2 Modem internal Lucent Technologies 56k Winmodem PCMCIA Texas Instruments PCI-1220 CardBus Controller Network Linksys EtherFast 10/100 PCMCIA Ethernet cardSummary.
THIS PAGE IS OUT OF DATE. WHILE INFORMATION MAY STILL BE USEFUL, REDHAT INSTALLS OUT OF THE BOX ON THIS MACHINE. THE MAESTRO 2 SOUND DRIVER NEEDS TO BE DOWNLOADED SEPARATELY (SEE BELOW).
RedHat 5.2: I used the RH5.2 distribution to perform a base install on my system. I did have to upgrade the kernel from 2.0.x to 2.2.x to get X to work. See the X Windows section. X Windows: The video chip is not currently supported by XFree86. Apparently, there are a few of ways to trick X into working on ATI Rage Lt Pro, I used the VESA framebuffer feature of the new 2.2.x kernel. Sound: The built-in sound chip is not supported by the Linux OSS driver. (a beta driver is available from http://people.redhat.com/zab/maestro/) PCMCIA: Use the latest distribution of PCMCIA card utilities (at the time of this writing the version was 3.0.8). Make sure to read the PCMCIA-HOWTO that is included in the package.
Putting it all together.
Here are step-by-step instructions:
Turned the available free space into an extended partition, and divided the new extended partition into 3 Linux Ext2 (/, /usr, and /var) and 1 Linux Swap partitions.
If you are configuring the kernel yourself, enable VESA framebuffer support. The framebuffer HOWTO has detailed instructions on how to do this. For PCMCIA support, refer to the PCMCIA-HOWTO that instructs to disable support for all network adapters, including portable ones.
Include 32-bit (CardBus) card support (y/n) [y]: Experimental interrupt probe code (y/n) [y]:Compile and install the PCMCIA card utilities.
image=/boot/vmlinuz-2.2.1 label=linux-2.2.1 read-only vga=792and don't forget to run /sbin/lilo before you reboot your machine. For more information about the 'vga=792', refer to the framebuffer HOWTO. Once you reboot, type 'linux-2.2.1' at the LILO prompt to boot the new kernel.