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NEC Versa E3100

Author(s)

Dana Saur

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the NEC Versa E3100 laptop.

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

NameNEC Versa E3100
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 750 1.8Ghz
Screen14.1” WXGA Widescreen
RAM2GB
HDD160GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
NetworkEthernet, Intel 2200 802.11bg

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
USBYes
Card ReaderYes
PCMCIAYes

Notes

PCLinuxOS 2007

Everything works great, even 1280×768 (* the 915 patch auto-installed on first res pref inquiry!).

You must go to prefs and select display resolution. Auto pop-up says “you have Intel 915… do you wanna install the patch?” Click yes, and it is forever after working (reboot X required). Why is it the other flavors cannot do this, I thought? The answer is obvious. When I follow the INTEL linux 915 patch instructions to the letter in all other flavors, it NEVER works. So if I cannot succeed manually, I understand why a script won't work. Quite a mystery. When I hunt down the difference in PCLOS version, all seems the same. All patch components and boot amendments are by the book. No difference that I can find from Intel recipe. So PCLOS either has a module fix -or the gods are on their side?

Suse 10.2 and 10.3

Everything works well except 1280×768 (915 patch does not work, only gets 1024×768) .

Ubuntu 7.10 and Kubuntu 7.10

Everything works well except 1280×768 (915 patch does not work, only gets 1024×768).

Fedora 6

No 1280×768 widescreen, LAN OK, wifi OK (but too difficult for newbie) buggy performance overall .
==== Fedora 7 ====
No 1280×768 widescreen, LAN OK, wifi OK (but too difficult for newbie
) better than 6 but no banana!
(will try FC8 next. FC has never done well on ANY of my laptops the past 9 years, but I keep trying -dumb me)

Seriously, getting the wifi to work in FC was so convoluted, I wouldn't consider sharing it, because the process took DAYS to get functional operation. The process would take months to write out in steps. Why is FC so smooth on a desktop -and so sleazy on laptops?

ACPI

None of them are suitable, can't even spin down HD, except in PCLOS
WAKE-UP from sleep/spin down, without loss of some functions: only PCLOS

IRDA

Does not work in any flavors except PCLOS -and even there, function is buggy

CD/DVD writing

Works OK in Suse, Ubuntu/Kubuntu and PCLOS (latter will even image/copy/write CSS DVDs)


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nec_versa_e3100.txt · Last modified: 2010/10/11 14:02 (external edit)
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