Evo N1015v

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Evo N1015v

I will describe my experience of installing SUSE Linux 8.2 on the HP/Compaq Evo N1015v. (Although it has to be said it was rather uneventful.)

I had started by trying to install Mandrake 9.1 but there were errors when booting from the CD. It was complaining about the PCMCIA subsystem, so I gave it up.

SUSE Linux 8.2 professional update was the distro of choice for the next try; the first DVD went into the drive and it booted straight from it. I picked the software that I wanted, mostly standard stuff, KDE, Openoffice etc. and away it went. All of the hardware was detected except the internal winmodem and the graphics device. It is important to choose GRUB (which is the default) for your boot manager as this is where the graphics problem can be sorted out. The graphics card is an ATI Radeon IGP 320M, - SUSE labelled it as a framebuffer device and would only give me 800x600 screen resolution.

The solution to this was found on SUSE's website: http://sdb.suse.de/en/sdb/html/wesselsfbdevgrub.html

I found that after running hwinfo --framebuffer the best option to choose was 317

I then edited the /boot/grub/menu.lst file and added vga=317 to the end of the kernel line. This gave me a lovely looking screen resolution.

I haven't yet sorted out the modem and I cannot use internet access as when I am connected to the company network. Our MS ISA server is set to the highest level of authentication and will not let anything out unless it is IE. (If anyone has a solution to this, without changing to plain text auth, then please let me know.)

That's about it - SUSE 8.2 really is an easy distro to install, even on laptops.

Paul Norris