Aeris - My Toshiba 200CDS - Running X11, BitchX, Licq, and Netscape 4.5
|CPU||Intel P5-S (Pentium, with SMM), 100MHz|
|RAM||8MB onboard + 32M upgrade/Expansion, 40MB total|
|HD||4.3GB Internal IBM 9.5mm, upgraded from IBM 777MB|
|CD||Select Bay Internal XM-1402B 6x|
|FD||Select Bay standard 3.5" 1.44MB|
|Display||11.3" VGA Compatible LCD, Color DSTN|
|Sound||ESS688, SB compatible|
|Pointing device||2 button Accupoint(PS/2 compatible)|
|PCMCIA Cards(Linux)||Global Village 56K, Xircom Creditcard Ethernet 10/100, SanDisk 4M FlashATA, Panasonic (Qlogic) SCSI adaptor|
|Battery/Life||12V 2.6A-Hr, Runs around 2:30 in "Economy" mode with Backlight power on 100% Duty(Semi-Bright), HD turned on and off|
I'm currently running a stripped down Linux/RedHat5.1, which is based off of my desktop machine's installation.
To install, I basically booted into linux with a boot disk, made the file
system, copied the boot disk onto the hard drive, and copied enough to get
PCMCIA working, and the rest was through the network... don't try this at
I installed onto a blank disk, first using a boot floppy - I manually installed a basic installation, got pcmcia working, and NFS copied the rest. I deleted LOTS of stuff including RPM so I could save plenty of disk space - even though I didn't need to - I have plenty of free space on my harddrive - over 3GB with everything installed (including Windows...)
To install it normally, the new linux CDs includes a virtual ramdisk image and you can just format the HD to DOS with CDROM drivers, and run the installation program from the CDROM. No floppies required!
|Modeline "640x480"||28.3 640 664 760 800 480 491 493 525|
|Modeline "800x600"||28.322 800 808 848 936 600 600 604 628|
PCMCIA cardmgr 3.0.6 works fine without modifications. I have a FlashATA 4MB
HD, 10/100baseT PCMCIA Ethernet, and 56K K56Flex/V90 PCMCIA modem. All are
plug and play (except for the ethernet which wont autodetect 100Mbit...)
I'm using pcmcia-utils 3.1.33 and Linux-2.2.20 currently.
Sound was not difficult to get working. In the Toshiba HW Config/tsetup utility, make note of the IRQ/IO of the sound card. Then specify Sound Blaster 16 support in the kernel compile options and specify the IRQ and IO port. Recompile and it should work fine. MP3s are a little slow on this machine, but if there's nothing else running, 44.1KHz 16 bit is very nice.
I have the stripped down version of RH51:
includes GCC/EGCS++, X11, TheGIMP, Star Office 5.1, Netscape 4.5, a copy of the kernel source tree, LinuxICQ, Emacs+elisp files, NetPBM tools, xv, ... I don't have Gnome or KDE installed.
Windows98, Office97, MirabilisICQ, QVTNET, vIRC, Photowise, ...
Free space: Still over 2GB
Last updated 2002 May 17
As of 2002 May 21, I do not own this laptop anymore. Sold it to help fund Rinoa.