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Fujitsu Amilo A1645

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Fujitsu Amilo A1645 laptop. The A1645 is one of only a handful of laptops with the AMD Sempron processor. Due to the Broadcom wireless controller, Linux installation is difficult.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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Specifications

NameFujitsu Amilo A1645
ProcessorAMD Sempron 3100+
Screen15.4” WXGA
RAM512MB
HDD60GB
Optical DriveDVD-ROM/CD-RW
GraphicsSIS M760
Network10/100 Ethernet, Broadcom 802.11g Wireless
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesUse the sis modules
SoundYesUse the snd-intel8x0 module
EthernetYes
WirelessPartial
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested

Notes

This wireless controller in the Amilo A1645 does not have any native drivers for Linux so you will need to use the ndiswrapper module. For installation instructions, you can view our Configuring the ndiswrapper module guide. The windows driver to use with ndiswrapper can be found here. There are also some experimental modules available for this card which are available here. At this time these drivers are still under development and may not be totally stable.

Summary

The main issue with the Fujitsu Amilo A1645 was the configuration of the wireless controller. Other than that there were no problems in getting this laptop working when used with an up to date Linux distribution.


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