Red Hat Linux on a Compaq Presario 2538cl Notebook
Tuesday, July 22, 2003
Downloaded and installed the new kernel today. Recompiled according to my previous post.

Also installed Intel Fortran Compiler today. Since there is an incompatibility between ifc and the new glibc libraries used by RH9, I followed some suggestions that I found in an Intel forum. It basically comes down to

  1. Downloaded glibc-2.2.93-5.i686.rpm from the RH8.0 distribution at a Red Hat FTP mirror.
  2. Extracted the old libraries from the rpm with the commands:
    rpm2cpio glibc-2.2.93-5.i686.rpm | cpio -idv ./lib/i686/ ./lib/i686/ ./lib/ ./lib/ ./lib/ ./lib/
    rpm2cpio glibc-2.2.93-5.i686.rpm | cpio -idv ./lib/i686/ ./lib/i686/ ./lib/ ./lib/
  3. Copied the newly created lib directory to the Intel install directory:
    mkdir /usr/local/intel/old_libs; cp -r ./lib/* /usr/local/intel/old_libs/
  4. Edited /usr/local/intel/compiler70/ia32/bin/ifc.cfg to contain:
    -L/usr/local/intel/old_libs -lc-2.2.93

Saturday, July 12, 2003
Found drivers today for the video card! The performance is no doubt a lot better than with the VESA driver. It seems to provide 2D acceleration, which makes a big difference in your interaction with Gnome! Sylvestre Ledru has a site in which he documented installation of Linux on his Presario 2500. He also has a link to the driver, with installation instructions. If his site is down for some reason. Here's my copy of it. Basically, you just untar and run ./install. Also, edit /etc/X11/XF86Config to contain the following:

Section "Device"
   Identifier "ATI"
   Driver "radeon"
   VendorName "ATI Radeon"
   BoardName "Mobility U1"
   VideoRam 65536

And remember to point the "Screen" section to this device.
Wednesday, July 09, 2003
Mmm, noticed today that I can't mount the WinXP NTFS filesystems. So went to the RedHat NTFS Project Page and downloaded the rpm. However, since I've recompiled the kernel, the module they have available won't work right away. You need to recompile the kernel if you'd like this to work. Since this is not crucial to me, I'll wait until the next kernel release when I have to recompile anyways.

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