Uniwill L51II3

Author(s)

Josh Robertson (josh.robertson@yandex.com)

Introduction

The L51II3 is a laptop by Uniwill, which was also sold as the Advent K200 in the UK exclusively in PC World stores. It came pre-installed with Windows Vista. It seems to be mainly made by Dixon's, but has an Intel chip and in-built graphics card. It is no longer sold.

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Specifications

NameUniwill L51II3
ProcessorIntel Pentium Dual-Core T2080 (1.73GHz) 32-bit/x86
Screen15.4” widescreen TFT (native resolution 1280×800)
RAM2GB DDR2
HDD100GB
Optical DriveOptiarc DVD RW AD-7560A
GraphicsMobile Intel 943GML Express
NetworkEthernet, Modem, and Wireless

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYesVideo out works also (S-Video and VGA).
HDDYes
Optical DriveYesSometimes has trouble burning CDs.
GraphicsPartialYou may need to tweak Xorg to get acceleration working on some distros.
SoundYesPulseAudio works straight out of the box. Getting the Microphone working is hit-n-miss.
EthernetYes
WirelessYesThere is also a switch on the front, which allows you to turn Wireless off altogether (OSes read the laptop as having no wireless), and it works.
56K ModemNot TestedThis will likely never be tested, as I have no access to dial-up, and have no idea how PPPoE works.
USBYesUSB 2.0 and 1.1 work. Also, you can boot from a USB drive.
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraYes

Summary

Linux runs well, and I have used many different distros - Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, MEPIS, and Arch Linux. I have not tested the battery, however, because I managed to kill it's tiny life (1 hour standby) by overcharging it on Windows. The only problem is the Graphics card, which is terrible by todays standards, and I have to keep a close eye on what “frills” I use on my desktop. Also, it doesn't seem to turn itself off when the CPU reaches the threshhold, but keeps on running until it packs in for a while - although, I think this is a fault with the laptop, not Linux. There is also two buttons next to the power button, one for the fan override, and one for Windows help - but I have had no success in getting them working. The last problem I found was the volume keys - Press Function(fn)+Vol Down works alright, but pressing Function(fn)+Vol Up will shoot the volume right up to the full setting and will get stuck trying to increase the volume (in Ubuntu (Gnome 3), the volume slider will begin to flash when it hits maximum, indicating the laptop has got stuck on increasing the volume, and the panels are rendered useless); it will eventually stop, but most of the time I've had to reboot the PC.

All downsides aside though, it runs Linux very well.


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