Installation report for a Nexoc Osiris S609II
http://www.nexoc.de/Nex_osirisS609II_db.htm with Ubuntu Feisty 7.04 - written by Franko30
This laptop works great with Ubuntu: WLAN, display 1280×800, graphics driver, LAN, processor settings, standby/hibernate, PCNCIA slot, modem, USB, Firewire, touchpad, sound, multi-cardreader etc. work "out of the Feisty box" or can be configured as described in the following report.
The following hotkeys work right away: Standby (Fn+F4), Hibernate (via Power Button, setup in energy settings), WLAN on/off (has its own 'real' switch), Num (Fn+Insert), CRT/LCD (Fn+F5 - needs an external monitor to be connected), Print saves a screen snapshot, Display brightness (Fn+F6 or F7), Switch Disply-Light on/off (Fn+F3). Mute, as well as volume up/down don't work.
My Osiris S609II was made in 2007 with BIOS 1.05. It's a nice WXGA 13" notebook with DVD-burner and a Core2 Duo processor. It's grey on the outside and white on the inside, making it look like an Apple to the user. It's even slightly lighter than the Apple 13" Intel notebook my wife uses...
It was delivered without any Windows and it was even cheaper than the one with Windows installed! So I made a 7,5 GB primary partition for the Ubuntu system. A swap-partition with 1,5 GB is used and the rest of the harddisc was partitioned as /home . When using Ubuntu and Windows in a dual-boot setup, bear in mind that you can only have 4 primary partitions on the harddisc (and no logical volumes after that) or you just use 3 primary ones and then several logical volumes.
1. Display and graphics controller
Standard installation of Ubuntu 7.04 was made.
After installation, Ubuntu 7.04 starts up fine with the correct resolution of 1280x800
If you want to, you can install a lot of stuff automagically with Automatix http://getautomatix.com/ It saves you a lot of work that otherwise would have to be done manually. But beware! Some people recommend not using Automatix as it might screw up your system big time. Didn't happen to mine yet, but you never know
The touchpad works fine after the Ubuntu 7.04 installation.
If not already enabled, you can disable horizontal scrolling via 'sliding finger' in your Synaptics section of the xorg.conf via
sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
The SHMConfig section (explained below) is also included
Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad" Driver "synaptics" Option "SendCoreEvents" "true" Option "Device" "/dev/psaux" Option "Protocol" "auto-dev" Option "HorizScrollDelta" "0" # SHMConfig is required if you want to disable the mousepad while typing, syndaemon has to be running, too. Option "SHMConfig" "on" EndSection
If you want to disable the touchpad while typing text, you have to do two things: First you copy the SHMConfig line from the sample above to the Synaptics part of your own xorg.conf. Then you have to make sure that the syndaemon is running. The best way for a newbie is to use the Gnome menu System -> Settings -> Sessions. There you find a tab named 'Startup Applications'. Add
/usr/bin/syndaemon -i 1 -d
This starts syndaemon as a deamon (silent). Syndaemon keeps you from accidentally using the touchpad for one second after every last keystroke. Type man syndaemon in a terminal to see the manpage of this very handy feature.
4. PCMCIA Slot
The PCMCIA slot is installed correctly out of the box.
The standard driver works fine with the (finally working) network manager and Intels proprietary Linux driver automazically installed and used by Ubuntu Feisty. Even WPA2 works.
One problem, though, with WLAN: If you switch WLAN off via the switch and then go to Standby, WLAN doens't work anymore after wakeup and turning it on again. Workaround: Leave WLAN turned on and got to hibernate - after wakeup, WLAN works again.
Standby (to RAM) and hibernate (to disk) works out of the box.
When using hiberbate to change the laptop battery, keep in mind that the hibernate process takes about 1 minute to complete. Thus, be sure to start hibernate when your Gnome battery applet shows at least 2 minutes to go.
Important note: Automatic standby via the energy settings doesn't work while using batteries. The corresponding part in the configuration of the gnome-power-manager called 'action_battery_sleep_type' is disabled and has to be set to 'standby' or 'hibernate'. Type
in a terminal (and navigate to the gnome-power-manager settings as explained in the powernowd section of this report) to change this setting. This happened on two different laptops, so I consider this an "installation-software bug".
Didn't set up a modem, not even by using a Linuxant driver. For those darig to try, take a look at this Ubuntu wiki page:
It's installed and working in the 'ondemand' mode which is OK. To use 'conservative' or 'powersave', type
in a terminal and click through to 'gnome-power-manager' in 'apps' in the left pane to configure this and even more power features. One little problem exists, though: After some time my panel applet showing the processor speed suddenly complained that frequency scaling wasn't supported by this processor, although it worked before. I didnÄt find the reason - even when using the live CD it did'nt support frequency scaling anymore. After sending it back to the manufacturer it worked again, they re-installed the BIOS. But they said that this notebook was not supposed to be used with Linux and the a problem might have been caused by powernowd, as the frequency scaling is actually done by the BIOS. I don't understand how a software program doing frequency scaling can get the BIOS 'stuck' - but that's what they said...
The multi-card-reader works out of the box.
That's it - a nice laptop working completely out of the box and you don't even have to pay the "windows tax"
Thanks to all the nice people (especially in the Ubuntu forums) who helped me through using Ubuntu from it's very first release!!!