Medion 9783

Author(s)

Ole Tange (http://ole.tange.dk)

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Medion 9783 laptop. This laptop was tested with Gentoo.

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

NameMedion 9783
ProcessorPentium 4 2 GHz
Screen14“
RAM256+512 MB (1024 MB max)
HDD100 GB 44 pin ATA, TOSHIBA MK1031GAS
Optical DriveQSI CD-RW/DVD-ROM SBW-242
GraphicsATI Technologies Inc Radeon Mobility M6 LY rev 0
SoundIntel Corporation 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio (rev 05)
NetworkRealtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
56K ModemAmbient Technologies Inc HaM controllerless modem (rev 02)
USB2 ports USB 1.1, Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM USB (rev 05)
Firewire1 port, Texas Instruments TSB43AB21 IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)
PCMCIATexas Instruments PCI1520 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
MiscIrDA Serial and parallel port, 4 way scroll button, 5 magic keys

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes1024×768
Optical DriveYesCD-RW: Untested
GraphicsYesS-Video: untested
SoundYessnd_intel8x0
EthernetYes8139too
56K ModemYes
USBYesuhci
FirewireYesohci1394 and ieee1394
PCMCIAYes
IrDAYes
Serial and ParallelYes
4 way scroll buttonNo
5 magic keysNo

Notes

Modem

The modem requires intel-v92ham.tgz and “pci=acpi” as a boot parameter, e.g., in /boot/grub/menu.lst. The modem device is called /dev/ham.

Conclusions

The most important things worked from day one. The laptop is heavy (4 kg) and noisy by 2006-standards. But it was cheap. The loudspeakers were very good when the machine was bought. Today they are still average compared to new laptops.


Discussion

Frank de Lange, 2007/12/20 15:33

scroll pad and 'magic' keys…

The scroll pad actually 'just works'. It is recognized as a scroll wheel plus two extra mouse buttons. The 'magic' keys can be made to work, I sent a patch to the author of the appropriate programs but this patch has not been merged yet (after 2 years… so I guess it won't…). The patch just adds some DMI info about the Medion 9783 so it is recognized.

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