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Linux on Digital Hinote VP

This page explains how I installed Linux on a Digital Hinote VP.


  1. Machine specifications
  2. Method of installation
  3. Distribution that fits in
  4. Tips and tricks
  5. Links

1.Machine specifications

Hinote VP Digital Hinote VP (model CSS5100)
Intel Pentium 100MGhz
16Mo Ram
Touchpad and PS/2 port for external mouse
1,44Mo floppy drive (removable)
IDE hard drive 1,4Go
LCD screen (800x600 max)
Video chipset Chips & Technologies 65548
2 PCMCIA type II slots
1 connector for ports replicator
1 serial DB9
1 parallel port
1 external VGA port

2.Method of installation

As there is no CDROM drive available on that machine, I choosed network installation (I own a station that is perfectly useable as a server). I then bought a PCMCIA card supported by Linux: D-Link Neteasy DRP-16TX fast ethernet adapter.

3.Distribution that fits in

You may experience your favourite here, so I do:
Mandrake 7.0NOK Linux kernel 2.2.13 does not support the network adapter
Mandrake 7.2NOK Linux kernel 2.2.18 support the network adapter but the graphical installation needs a 21Mo ramdisk, which does hardly fits in 16Mo :)
Slakware 8.0OK The text install of this one is all what you need (kernel 2.2.19 or 2.4.5)

4.Tips and tricks

4.1 XFree86

You may experience some problem using 800x600 in 16bits with XFree86 (snow on the bottom of the screen). This issue is due to the video chip support in XFree86 and should be fixed in XFree86-4.2.

4.2 Disk

When partitionning the disk, be careful not to remove partition /dev/hda4 (fourth primary partition of the drive - type a0 "IBM Thinkpad hibernation"). This partition is used by the BIOS during suspend operation. If you delete it, the BIOS will complain at each reboot about the missing partition. And you'll need a specific DOS tools to rebuild the partition.
This utility is called phdisk. You'll need it too in case you're planning to change the disk.


Dernière modification le Mercredi 03 Janvier 2007 à 22h22