SUSE 9.1 Pro - Driver Hunt

Posted on 2004-10-14
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I am preparing to install SUSE 9.1 Professional on a Fujitsu-Siemens N5010 laptop. I have been thru its Windoze Device Manager and recorded all the devices, IRQs, memory and IO ports, and so forth. Before I begin my installation, I'd like to collect the latest drivers and documentation concerning the devices in the laptop, so I have them handy (burned to CD) before I start the install.

So, if Experts can provide links to SUSE 9.1-compatible drivers, and/or "How To" documents, for installing the devices listed below, I would greatly appreciate it (if you know that SUSE 9.1 Professional ships with the latest driver for the device, please let me know that too):

1) Texas Instruments OHCI-Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller

2) Alps Electric Pointing Device

3) Agere Systems AC'97 Modem

4) Atheros AR5001X+ Wireless Network Adapter

5) RealTek RTL 8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC

6) Texas Instruments PCI xx20 Integrated Flash Media

7) Sigmatel C-Major Audio

8) Fujitsu FUJ02B1

9) SiS Accelerated Graphics Port

10) SiS 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller

11) ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 display adapter

12) Toshiba SDR6112F DVD/CD R/W

Finally, any pointers or known "gotcha!" situations involving this hardware and SUSE 9.1 Pro would be helpful.
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TRobertson earned 500 total points
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In my opinion Suse is one of the best distros as far as driver recognition.  I know at least your ATI video adapter will be recognized as well as your nic.  Most others will probably be recognized as well so I say charge ahead and just hack out the rest once you get Suse installed.  Since you have video and nic you can download any additional after the install.  Once you install linux you will notice that it is different from windows and you will not get driver prompts when booting up.  It will be a manual process and you will probably have to do some research as well.

Are you planning a dual-boot?
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Thanks for piping up. Yes, I had found out elsewhere that the video adapter is supported by the native install, and I figgered out the NIC was supported when I saw it listed as an option for the SUSE firewall product. :-)

On one of the SUSE mailing lists I've also been given to understand that the modem is *not* supported under SUSE, but I don't even have a dial-up account, so I'm not worried.

Here's the insane (or insanest) thing I want to do: I want to chop the HDD into 4 chunks. A 35 GB partition for SUSE, and 15 GB each for Solaris 9 x86, NetWare and W2K. I want to be able to boot directly to any of these OSes. I also plan to get VMWare and be able to boot to SUSE and then launch any of the other 3 OSes under a VM in SUSE, and share resources such as the NIC.

Calling the nice young men in their clean white coats yet?

Anyway, that's my goal, so to answer your query, yes, I *do* want to dual-boot. Or quad-boot, in this case. Any suggestions (aside from a higher lithium dose)?


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TRobertson earned 500 total points
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It's definitely do-able. It appears that you will have a great understanding of grub and mount/fstab when your done.  If you get into any partitioning problems you can use qtparted which is included on System Rescue CD.  Also if you get in too big of a bind with drivers, I would recommend booting up Knoppix and take a look at its configuration, however as I stated about, Suse is one of the best for driver recognition you should be fine.
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I've read some places that Windoze would want to be in the first Primary partition. How do I do this?

Should I use the WIndoze bootloader? Or did you just seem to suggest grub? Where can I get grub as a separate product?

Note that I don't want to mount the other partitions directly under SUSE. I'll just run VMs that use those other partitions. As I understand it, that means I won't need any entries for them in fstab.

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I would recommend grub as your boot loader and your right that Windows is picky of which partition it "thinks" it is.  I recommend grub because within it you can configure it to boot windows and add additional parameters that will suit Windows.  And actually if you are going with Suse I will pre-detect any previous version of Windows installed and will add it to grub for you.  So I would load windows first then Suse.

Im not sure what you mean about the VM part.  You can install the other OSes as VMs which can be actually files in Suse or other partitions on the drive.  Occasionally you may want to SuSe to access one of the other partitions/os so at that point you would need to mount it, however once again SuSe does a good job of preconfiguring this.  You may actually want to verify that fstab is not set to auto-mount for those partitions if you do not think you will need access too often.
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Well, I wante VMWare under SUSE to use those 15 GB partitions for the various OSes when it runs their VMs. My intention with allocating 35 GB to SUSE is that if I want to run any OTHER VMs, I can do so using the flat file option.

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