Compaq Armada M300
This article describes the additional configuration needed on a brand new Arch Linux installation to get the most of a Compaq Armada M300 laptop.
This laptop is very old but with Arch Linux and the following setup it is still useful for browsing, skyping and even "light open officing".
After installing Arch Linux i686, please check that:
Architecture: i686 CPU(s): 1 Thread(s) per core: 1 Core(s) per socket: 1 CPU socket(s): 1 Vendor ID: GenuineIntel CPU family: 6 Model: 8 Stepping: 6 CPU MHz: 600.000
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (AGP disabled) (rev 03) 00:04.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1211 00:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage LT Pro (rev dc) 00:07.0 Bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02) 00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01) 00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01) 00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 03) 00:08.0 Multimedia audio controller: ESS Technology ES1978 Maestro 2E (rev 10) 00:09.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82557/8/9/0/1 Ethernet Pro 100 (rev 09) 00:09.1 Serial controller: Agere Systems LT WinModem
corresponds to your hardware.
Lets get the features of the laptop correctly working in order to get the most of it.
Necessary driver packages:
Even though the M300 has no default wireless support, you might have a PCMCIA card. For it to work, you must first install, then bring it up:
# ip link set wlp2s0 up
and watch the neighborhood:
# iwlist scan
Restore values at boot
In order to have the mixer to always get back to the presetted values, installand add the following to a script
# mixer settings amixer set Master on 31 amixer set PCM on 25 amixer set Mic cap amixer set Capture on 8
Then call it from a systemd unit. Enable that unit.
For you to get your clock always updated, install, add to the previous script:
# set the time sleep 20 # give sometime for the network to connect if (($(ip route| wc -l) > 3)); then ntpdate pool.ntp.org fi
Add the following to
LCD / VGA switch
/usr/local/bin/switch_display and add the following:
Volume up, down and mute
Create a script called
tail -n 1
Problems and not tested issues
You'd probably have to do it by hand. Add this to the beginning of your
# set multiple monitors xrandr --verbose --output LVDS1 --mode 1024x768 --primary xrandr --verbose --output VGA1 --mode 1024x768 -r 75.1 --right-of LVDS1