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Thinkpads under linux, more ideas

After following this thread for a while, I've decided to share my experience 
in that matter.
I have been fighting with the hibernation partition about a year ago, with 
only partial success. My goal was to create a solution for Linux and NT.
At this time my T20-264781U didn't accept anything that lphdisk (hacked to 
use any primary partition) created, so I came up with the idea of creating a 
hidden boot partition with save2dsk.bin file. The idea was to isolate boot 
manager and suspend2disk part of my system, maintain consitent drive naming 
in Windows and not to waste too much FAT16 diks space with huge block size.
Currently I use Win 2K boot manager to boot: DOS(hda2), 2K(hda3), NT(hda5), 
woody(hda7) and sid(hda6).

Creating this setup was a bit tricky though. All partitions have been created 
under Linux. To install and set up Win I switched types on partitions hda1 
and hda2, so the installers saw hda1 as FAT16 C: drive. Save2dsk.bin has been 
created with phdiskwin (from T20 distribution CD) under NT.
After both Win have been installed, I reassigned current partition types to 
hda2 and hda1, dumped* Linux partition boot sectors into files and plugged 
them into boot.ini.
Here is my setup:
   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *         1        37    279688+  84  OS/2 hidden C: drive
/dev/hda2            38       105    514080    6  FAT16
/dev/hda3           106       529   3205440    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda4           530      1559   7786800    5  Extended
/dev/hda5           530       929   3023968+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda6           930      1149   1663168+  83  Linux
/dev/hda7          1150      1549   3023968+  83  Linux
/dev/hda8          1550      1559     75568+  82  Linux swap

# mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/tmp -t vfat
# ls -l /mnt/tmp
total 272600
-r-xr-xr-x    1 root     root          327 Nov 21 13:53 boot.ini
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root          512 Nov 21 13:49 boothda1.win
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root          512 Nov 21 10:52 boothda2.dos
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root          512 Nov 21 18:01 boothda6.242
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root          512 Nov 21 13:47 boothda7.229
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root        34468 Dec  7  1999 ntdetect.com
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root       214416 Dec  7  1999 ntldr
-r-xr-xr-x    1 root     root     278836224 Nov 21 13:28 save2dsk.bin

Currently suspend to disk works from Linux and NT, when there is no pcmcia 
card installed ( or after 'cardctl eject' ). I need to do ifdown, ifup to 
make my miniPCI Intel EEPro100 see the world again after resume. I still 
didn't quite figure out how to handle sound properly - the issue is that the 
sound module cs46xx needs to be reloaded upon resume, but it's normally in 
use by artsd, realplayer, kmix or something else. So far I didn't come up 
with a script flexible enough to handle that automatically.

hope it might help


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