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Re: powerbook 15" 1Ghz question ...

On Mit, 2003-04-16 at 16:16, Michael Flaig wrote:
> I thought about buying the Powerbook G4 15" 1GHz, but have a few
> GNU/Linux related questions. So I would be happy If someone who has this
> TiBook could give me some answeres ...
> As far as I know
> - Powermanagement does work with latest Benh Kernels (suspend)
> - XFree86 work's but without 3D Accelration
> - Sound works
> right?

Right, except that 3D acceleration works with my dri-trunk packages. :)

> Do this components work?
> - PCMCIA Slot? (with pcmcia-cs? because of orinoco-cs monitor patch)

Haven't tried it, but I suspect it should work with some fiddling at

> - Modem? (heard that there is an closed source driver)

Yes, that basically works, but it can be quite a PITA.

All in all, I'm not aware of any hardware component of this machine
(except the built-in microphone maybe?) that's not supported. :)

> How long can you work with your powerbook on battery power?
> Yes, i know, this depends on what you do with the Powerbook, right. 
> But what are your experiences?
>   - on normal working (vi, ssh, email, web, irc, etc.)

About three hours.

>   - and on heavy cpu using (compiling, etc.) 

Haven't really measured this, but I guess about two hours.

> And how often do you hear the fan? how hot will it get?

Compared to the TiBook III, the fan in this machine runs more often, but
it's less annoying, and the machine seems to run cooler in general.

> is there a problem like the "toasted ibooks in sleep-mode"? ;)

I guess there could be a problem if the machine runs with the lid closed
for some reason, but so far I haven't had any problems after numerous
sleep cycles.

Earthling Michel Dänzer   \  Debian (powerpc), XFree86 and DRI developer
Software libre enthusiast  \     http://svcs.affero.net/rm.php?r=daenzer

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