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Re: Tosh 490CDT (was: Which laptop tu buy)

On Wed, Jun 26, 2002 at 02:20:12PM +1000, Drew Parsons wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 25, 2002 at 11:01:51AM -0700, Jim Richardson wrote:
> > > 
> > > I use Toshiba (an old 490CDT, admittedly).  I prefer the mouse button-stick
> > > (what's the proper term for these things?) over the touchpads.  It's
> > > something to think about if you're buying your first laptop.
> > > 
> > 
> > I know someone having trouble with one of these (trying to convert from
> > windows, at least for some things) is there anything special you had to
> > do to get X running? PCMCIA?
> > 
> The laptop has an S3ViRGE/MX video chip, but the proper s3virge driver isn't
> quite working properly (under XFree86 v4).  It tends to lock up when exiting
> from X back to console.  So I'm using the generic vesa driver instead for
> the time being.  The mouse works fine as /dev/psaux or whatever it is.
Use a framebuffer kernel.  Then your consoles are also in graphics mode
and the S3VIRGE family don't mangle out on you.

I encountered this first on the Tuxtops Topaz (Asus 8400, also known as
Chembook and some other popular models) and at first my boss thought I
was nuts, because he couldn't reproduce it.  But, if you like to live in
both the graphical and text-console worlds, you -will- provoke odd
effects.  I didn't get lockups from it but only the graphic mode behaves
itself.  Apparently it needs some variety of reset which it is not being
given, and eventually it loses some internal game of musical chairs.

On the flip side - oh, it's so beautiful.  I had such happy eyeballs
while I was using that system.
> I've had no problems with pcmcia. I recompile pcmcia-modules myself to fit
> my own kernel.
A practice generally to be recommended as soon as the new-plastic smell
wears off of your laptop, if not sooner.
> Sound was a bit tricky, but I think it's easier to setup in the 2.4 kernel
> now than it was under 2.2.
> Drew

I can't speak to sound on that toshiba model.

* Heather Stern * star@ many places...

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