manual & docs
drivers & updates
What you need to know about the aero
Partitioning the harddisk
Choosing the installation method
Preparing the Aero for a Red Hat 6.1 harddisk install
The Red Hat 6.1 Installation Process
Access to DOS-Partitions
Patching and compiling a new kernel
Solving the RAM problem
Installing PCMCIA and configuring it for Bad RAM
Finished - What comes next?
Advanced Power Management
Getting WebDAV to work with XP
GNU Free Documentation License
the people (& their mails)
the aeros wildest dream...
Vector Linux 3.0
This text reflects my installation trial of vector-linux 3.0 on the aero.
The Vector-Linux-Distribution bases on slackware. It has the advantage of beeing very easy to install. It only needs three installation files and two bootdisk-images. All files are 8.3-dos-filesystem-compatible, so having a previous windows 3.x or DOS partition for the installation files is enough.
I downloaded vector linux 3.0 from
veclinux.bz2 ---- 63 MB The main installation package i386ide.bz2 ---- 08 MB The kernel for the aero xf336.bz2 ---- 44 MB The xfree drivers for x-windows
i386ide.img ---- The boot-disk for setup
This one works also as rescue disk if you lock yourself out of linux or didn't configure lilo correctly.
rootdisk.img ---- The ramdisk for setup
I also downloaded rawrite.exe to make the Floppys from DOS. I found the file in the dosutils download directory.
The correct keyboard (the german one in my case) was not found while installation. So when setup asked to choose a keyboard I chose the german one, but it wasn't possible to use the keys while installation. But I didn' get nervous, I kept hitting "z" instead of "y" - after the installation was over I changed it manually like described a little bit further in this document.
I used the setup software vasm (just type "vasm" at the prompt) to change settings. It's at least important for the keyboard settings (if yo are living ouside the us), to do so.
The X - Configuration:
Don't do xconfiguration with vasm. Do it by hand, by editing the XF86Config file.
I had also problems with the "file section": Wrong paths or missing symlinks made x unable to find the fonts and the rgb-file. So I changed the font path from
There was also a wrong symlink "X11" in the directory
So I created a symlink "X11" with mdinight commander in that directory that pointed to the directory:
So the line:
in the XF86Config should now point correctly to the file rgb.txt which originally lays in "/var/X11R6/lib/" but is connected with the just created symlink as laying in "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/" as well.
I use also XKEYBOARD for getting a correct german keyboard in x (with ä and ü).
"The XKEYBOARD keymap compiler (xkbcomp) reports:
Solving this problem is astonishingly easy:
XkbModel "pc102" XkbLayout "de" XkbVariant "nodeadkeys" XkbKeymap "xfree86(de)"
X starts now without any error message! I tried it out, The Window-Manager IceWM is preinstalled. Although it is perhaps the fastest window-manager for the aero, it is still very slow on that machine...
Lilo disables the F10 Setup button right after booting.
other = /dev/hda3 label = setup table = /dev/hda
then give command 'lilo' as a root in your shell. Now you can access your setup by booting your machine and hitting Alt, Cntr or Shift key when text LILO appears and writing 'setup' to LILO's prompt.
After the work I had with configuring x I had the impression that there was much more trouble ahead. There was also much work to do because I didn't install the pcmcia-cs-package yet. Vector Linux also only detected 16 MB RAM - so this was another problem to solve (see my main page about how to solve these things).
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