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Installing Linux Mint 3.0 (Cassandra)
on Packard-Bell Easynote W3340

Last updated: 13th apr 2008

General Hardware Specifications of PB Easynote W3340:

Hardware Components
Status under Linux
Notes
AMD Mobile Sempron 3000+ Processor, 1.8 GHz Works No special procedure required during installation.
17" WXGA+ TFT Display Works 1440x900 resolution automatically configured
ATI 128MB Video (ATI Radeon XPress 200M) Works Radeon open driver works but no 3D FX; FGLRX closed driver required for 3D FX
512MB, DDR, 2DIMMs Works No special procedure required during installation
60 GB Western Digital Hard Drive Works No special procedure required during installation
Integrated Network Card Works No special procedure required during installation
Internal 56k Modem Not tested
DVD-RW Drive Works No special procedure required during installation
Internal miniPCI Billionton WiFi card (Ralink RT-25xx chipset) Device recognized but couldn't connect Replaced with Atheros chipset based WiFi card, 8€ on eBay
Lithium-Ion Battery Works Charge status displayed correctly
Realtek ALC880 Sound Card Works No special procedure required during installation
SD card reader Works No special procedure required during installation
Synaptics touchpad Works Vertical scroll enabled

This laptop also has 6 USB ports, 1 IEEE1394 (firewire), an infra-red receiver to be used with a Packard-Bell remote control (optional), S-Video out (not tested with Linux), VGA video out (not tested with Linux).

This laptop is (still) operating under Kernel version 2.6.20.16.

Basic Installation of Linux Mint:
Setting up additional features for Linux Mint 3.0
(...)
Section "Device"
    Identifier "ATI Technologies Inc ATI Radeon XPRESS 200M 5955 (PCIE)"
    Driver "fglrx"
    BusID "PCI:1:5:0"
    Option "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps" "true"
    Option "RenderAccel" "true"
    Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "true"
    Option "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true"
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier "aticonfig-Device[0]"
    Driver "fglrx"
    Option "VideoOverlay" "on"
    Option "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Generic Monitor"
    Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "aticonfig-Monitor[0]"
    Option "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
    Option "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
    Option "DPMS" "true"
EndSection
(...)
I finally got 3D effects enabled and I got Compiz-Fusion running succesfully. Beryl (any version, also the stable 0.2 one) will freeze the desktop when rendering 3D.
There is a topic on the Ubuntu forum to get this driver up and running.
You can also find an italian howto here.
Unresolved issues
More Specific Information:
00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 Host Bridge (rev 01)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge
00:10.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller
00:10.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
00:10.3 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments PCIxx21 Integrated FlashMedia Controller
00:10.4 Generic system peripheral [0805]: Texas Instruments PCI6411/6421/6611/6621/7411/7421/7611/7621 Secure Digital Controller
00:11.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5005G 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
00:19.0 PCI bridge: ALi Corporation M5249 HTT to PCI Bridge
00:1b.0 Ethernet controller: ALi Corporation ULi 1689,1573 integrated ethernet. (rev 50)
00:1c.0 USB Controller: ALi Corporation USB 1.1 Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.1 USB Controller: ALi Corporation USB 1.1 Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.2 USB Controller: ALi Corporation USB 1.1 Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.3 USB Controller: ALi Corporation USB 2.0 Controller (rev 01)
00:1d.0 Audio device: ALi Corporation High Definition Audio/AC'97 Host Controller
00:1e.0 ISA bridge: ALi Corporation PCI to LPC Controller (rev 31)
00:1e.1 Bridge: ALi Corporation M7101 Power Management Controller [PMU]
00:1f.0 IDE interface: ALi Corporation M5229 IDE (rev c7)
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc ATI Radeon XPRESS 200M 5955 (PCIE)

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