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First, this page : Shouldn't be considered as a reference one :
I just tried to note all my tricks down, may it helps even if it is a bit messy.
If you are looking for official information about Fujitsu-Siemens notebooks, please go to the company's homepage: - linux(a)

If you have some infos to share or just talk about it use the mailing list :

Also there is Wiki up If you want to contribute

For personnal stuff contact me at :

Since April 2003, I am trying to make everything works, the job isn't over, but this model is pretty usable.

Did I say that My computer name is 'nrv' = enerve (in french) = angry (in English), and that name fits so well.

Last but not least : I am looking for a job related to SW Engineering, Programming, Linux, Web, Computer Graphics etc , see


TODO : Your contribution is welcome @


I just summarize latest tricks or/and changes on that website, refer to each section for more.
2003.12.26 : modem works
Recent driver slmodem-2.9.4 works also (once intialised with windows)
kernel / 2.4.23 works fine (no dri tough) & 2.6.0 lock keyboard
Over 111 amilinuxo users in the group :-)
2003.11.21 : modem works
I tested it finally and it works after windows init using smlink
Intel 537EP Chipset Family Intel 537EP V.92 Modem Chipset Driver out (to be tested)
2003.11.07 : sound full duplex
Alsa driver snd-ali5451 is far better (I use gnomemeeting now, call me)
2003.11.03 : usb ok
module usbnet works @ 400 Kbps
Compiled Kernel 2.6.0-test9 (no mouse)
Tested xig driver demo
2003.10.27 : winmodem is said to work
Modem driver (smlink based) works for Francesco Angelo Medagli @
DRI is working with Xfree86- and kernel 2.4 (patches)
Kernel 2.6-test7 Out
Wiki up (Express yourself)
2003.10.02 : modem
todo: FSC provides some bios updates (installing Windows 2000 need this)
Modem / new drivers tested unsuccessfully
Compiled 2.6-test6 : no network
ps2 mouse lock
2003.09.19 : kernel 2.6
Compiled 2.6-test5 : cdrom is not working anymore
tried to enable midi (unscucessfull)
3D / 400 fps with DRI
2003.09.11 : dri
Accelerated 3D (DRI) is working (ask me for binaries) (X and k needed to be recompiled)
2003.09.06 : dri, sound, modem, acpi, radeontool, cdrom, kernels, web
3d driver is ready and tested on amilo
cdrom can blank R/W
some users reports
2003.08.28 : kernels, list, modem, keyboard
Built some kernels w/ acpi : 2.4.21 , 2.4.22 & 2.6.0-test4 : ok
Been Reported that : dri does not work with all devices
Amilo Mailing list is open :
Modem's serial port err : to be fixed
Page split again
2003.07.19 : 3D driver + keyboard
not tested but patch released at
2003.06.23 : graphics & audio update
TVout works ! & xv video accell
2003.06.18 : Radeon tricks + modem
radeon driver can be loaded using some tricks, and replaces Vesa
It seems that there is a new Driver : slmdm-2.7.10.tar.gz (will try it later)
Read and compare my config files, page split
2003.04.18 : Installed Knoppix on HD
Not any user Intervention but 2D/3D Accel and modem wont work
2003.04.?? : Installed Debian Woddy , booted demolinuxcd


Software (windows only) : (Public Price 620 EUR, Oem price ~= 355 EUR) Official Specs are at :
(Item was sold in france during spring 2003 around 1400 EUR)

All Amilo A Serie are based on the same configuration and very similar to Compaq Pressario 2000 series


All devices are detailed here
Linux boot/install : 90%
Knoppix did install normally
Other distro may disable MCE
... more
Modem : 80% , works after initialization under Windows
I didn't managed to make it wake up under Linux, But those details may help.

Anyway I tried an External modem (Olitec oli'net 56K / V90), it worked fine.

Graphics / X : 80% (FB,vesa) or Radeon dri agp drm (if patched)
This card is working under vesa mode or radeon driver, and 3D is now supported
Here some help for 3d dri etc
Thats the tricky part, I know that using a disfonctionnal PM can burn you CPU.
but installing acpi cause no troubles at all.
Cpu scaling reduce heating
Usb, pcmcia, firewire etc
not tested, Reported to work
Sound : 80%
mic works, mixer shufled, but not midi
Lan : 99%
no troubles ... so far
Disk TOSHIBA MK2018GAS, ATA DISK drive : 90%,
seems ok , tweak dma etc
CDR/RW/DVD : 80%
Under scsi emulation, can blank CD
Keyboard : 80%
sometimes it freeze kde
Mouse : 90% (need to test gpm)
The touchpad is using Gerenic Mouse Driver and assigned to /dev/ps2.

But I did not figured out how to use it with kernel-2.6-test2 (?) ,
'modprobe psmouse' worked with kernel-2.6.0-test4


I tryed Demolinux, debian woody and finnally Knoppix (April 2003) , also I have been testing other Linux distributions
But If you don't want any trouble just install knoppix on your harddrive (it worked for me).

I keep been updating the system and compiling new kernels.
... Installing Linux & Building kernels


# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device cab0 (rev 13)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc U1/A3 AGP Bridge [IGP 320M] (rev 01)
00:02.0 USB Controller: ALi Corporation USB 1.1 Controller (rev 03)
00:03.0 Modem: ALi Corporation Intel 537 [M5457 AC-Link Modem]
00:04.0 IDE interface: ALi Corporation M5229 IDE (rev c4)
00:06.0 Bridge: ALi Corporation M7101 PMU
00:07.0 ISA bridge: ALi Corporation M1533 PCI to ISA Bridge [Aladdin IV]
00:08.0 Multimedia audio controller: ALi Corporation M5451 PCI AC-Link Controller Audio Device (rev 02)
00:09.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
00:0a.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. IEEE 1394 Host Controller (rev 46)
00:0b.0 CardBus bridge: ENE Technology Inc CB1420 Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
00:0b.1 CardBus bridge: ENE Technology Inc CB1420 Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
00:0f.0 USB Controller: ALi Corporation USB 1.1 Controller (rev 03)
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon Mobility U1

# pcitweak -l
PCI: Probing config type using method 1
PCI: Config type is 1
PCI: PCI scan (all values are in hex)
PCI: 00:00:0: chip 1002,cab0 card 0000,0000 rev 13 class 06,00,00 hdr 00
PCI: 00:01:0: chip 1002,700f card 0000,0000 rev 01 class 06,04,00 hdr 01
PCI: 00:02:0: chip 10b9,5237 card 10b9,5237 rev 03 class 0c,03,10 hdr 00
PCI: 00:03:0: chip 10b9,5457 card 1734,100a rev 00 class 07,03,00 hdr 00
PCI: 00:04:0: chip 10b9,5229 card 10b9,5229 rev c4 class 01,01,fa hdr 00
PCI: 00:06:0: chip 10b9,7101 card 10b9,7101 rev 00 class 06,80,00 hdr 00
PCI: 00:07:0: chip 10b9,1533 card 10b9,1533 rev 00 class 06,01,00 hdr 00
PCI: 00:08:0: chip 10b9,5451 card 1734,100a rev 02 class 04,01,00 hdr 00
PCI: 00:09:0: chip 10ec,8139 card 1734,100a rev 10 class 02,00,00 hdr 00
PCI: 00:0a:0: chip 1106,3044 card 1106,3044 rev 46 class 0c,00,10 hdr 00
PCI: 00:0b:0: chip 1524,1420 card 4000,0000 rev 01 class 06,07,00 hdr 82
PCI: 00:0b:1: chip 1524,1420 card 4800,0000 rev 01 class 06,07,00 hdr 82
PCI: 00:0f:0: chip 10b9,5237 card 10b9,5237 rev 03 class 0c,03,10 hdr 00
PCI: 01:05:0: chip 1002,4336 card 1734,100a rev 00 class 03,00,00 hdr 00
PCI: End of PCI scan


Conf & Log files Archive There is a small script '' in it if you can run it on your system, and email me the archive log, It will be really helpfull.
lspci -vxn -vv
scanpci -v
cat /proc/pci
cat /proc/cpuinfo
cat /proc/meminfo
hdparm -g /dev/hda
ls /proc
ls /etc/X11/
less /var/syslog
I registered it as 206241 @
# ~rzr/bin/machine-update
This is what will be sent to the Linux Counter if you
run the program with the -m switch. Now, NOTHING IS SENT
From: root
Subject: machine-update for nrv

accounts: 11
bogomips: 2372.4
cpu_family: 6
cpu_mhz: 1192.404
cpu_model: 8
cpu_model_name: mobile AMD Athlon (tm) 1400+
cpu_uname: i686
cpu_vendor: AuthenticAMD
disk: 18765
kernel: 2.4.20-xfs
memory: 222.9375
method: machine-update version 0.17
name: nrv
processors: 1
uniqueid: 401081737
uptime: 3:14
users: 1


...Okay here goes the little story, In french Legislation it is *ILLEGAL* to force selling of 2 separate product that belong to 2 different class (like Hardware and Software).
So some lucky ones got some refunds for refusing to BUY those UNWANTED EXTRA software (mostly Krimo$oft ones but not only).
So why them and not me ? That's what I told to the seller...
So here are the facts : OK some of us still want to use Windows, I don't blame you, But why *buying* all those software that come along : (win xp can burn CD without Nero, OpenOffice is suitable for creating compatible documents etc)
Here is my conclusion, M$ supremacy wont change unless people don't think the M$ way , I explain : People change their computer as soon as a new version of windows it out, so having windows on a fresh new computer is a "gain" of time, so manufacturers buy amount of licence to MS (degresive prices) and sellers can only sell what suppliers have. So everyone is happy, unless (eticks) geeks but those are a few (Remember Fight Club's hero's job).

Then I contacted fujitsu for some additional info on linux support, Next day I got an email :

To: linux(a)
Date: Wednesday 23 April 2003 02:33 PM

unfortunately we do not support Linux on our consumer notebooks
If we see business increasing we will change our support policy accordingly. 

So you can contact them like I did.

I won't say that Fuj1tsu, At1, Ac3r Lab 1nc or M1cr0$0ft were too cooperative with the open source community.
Instead, please support "open" manufacturers, such as


Amilo A
The Whole Amilo A serie (A-x7xx A-7xxx ) is based on same hardware (screen and proc may differ) I don't understand the name convention so I classed them by CPU speed.
Amilo mailing list : (I post this page updates)
1400+ / Amilo A 7614-09GD or CY26 , , (A7100 1400+)
1800+ / Amilo A 7800 , A6600
Amilo A 7100 (German/ English)
2400+ / Amilo A 2400 (.de) - , Amilo A 7600 @T , Amilo A 7624-04 (2400 MHz Cpu 412Mb Mem)
Amilo A 7600
Amilo A 7600 (XP 2000+)
Amilo 6600/7600/7800/8600 , A6614-09D (20GB) , A6600 (2000+ , 14') , A7620-08 (2000+ 15' 40Gb 256Mb) , A7625-10 (2500+ 15' 50Gb 256) , A7625
Linux Laptop
Laptops forum
IRC live chat : irc://
Other Fujitsu
Forum :
Not a lot in common with the Amilo D Serie or M8800 :
Serie : EL (Cel2Ghz) ; M7300-08GD
Mailing list
Hardware repository & Linux Distro:
Free Driver Petition
Explains some LEGAL tricks on MS Windows cds ( After you've executed this script, you'll find a new directory "CDIMAGE" on drive c:\ which contains the complete Wind*wsME-Installation-CD )
Special Thanks:
, tiptop@fr =
asudrat@fr , mika@fi , all others amilo-ers
Last modified: Wed Jul 27 20:31:42 CEST 2005