Zepto Znote 6214W

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Introduction

The Zepto Znote 6214W is a nice laptop, or rather a really small and light desktop replacement.

It is build upon the Intel NAPA platform with i945PM Chipset, Core Duo CPU and ipw3945 wireless.

What does work?

3D Acceleration using the latest nvidia driver

Wireless using ipw3945

Wired network using r1000 (included in arch stock kernel)

Suspend to swap


What does not work?

CPU Frequency scaling. Any attempt to load speedstep-centrino results in No Such Device.

Not tested

Texas Intrument card reader, there's currently a developement running to make it work here and here

Bluetooth (but I see no reason why it shouldn't work)

TV-Out

Installation

Installation is a little problematic because the network drivers did not make it to the CD release so I recommend installing base only and then manually install network drivers (wired drivers can be downloaded at www.realtek.com.tw). After manually installing (and loading) the drivers update with pacman -Syu to get the latest kernel with both wifi and wired network support.

Configurations

Kernel boot options

Boot the kernel with noapic because the BIOS is a little buggy. This prevents random freezes when watching DVD's, gaming etc.

rc.conf

My MODULES looks like this:

MODULES=(!ata_piix ahci !hw_random r1000 ipw3945)

This makes sure eth1 is wired network and eth2 is wireless

Graphic Card and Xorg

This laptop has a GeForce Go 7600 graphic card and works only with the proprietary nvidia driver (or vesa), so either use

nvidia or vesa

The monitor runs at 1280x768 60Hz, so remember to add "1280x768" to Modes

Wireless

You have to use ipw3945 in order to make your wifi connection work.

Arch stock kernel does support it

Now install the package ipw3945, ipw3945-ucode, ipw3945d and add ipw3945d to DAEMONS in rc.conf.

Sound

The sound will work out of the box, make sure you have alsa-lib alsa-utils packages installed, add yourself to audio group.