- CPU: Intel (centrino) Pentium M 1,7 GHz
- RAM: 1 GB (2 x 512 MB)
- HD: 60 GB, 7200 rpm
- DVD: Combo DVD/CDRW
- Grafikkort: ATI Radeon mobility 9700 pro, 128 MB
Assuming the kernel has support for wireless networking it is pretty easy to install the driver for the Intel 2200BG wireless card.
First we need to enable the wireless card using the software switch. This can be accomplished by using the
acerhk package. To install
acerhk do the following:
emerge -av acerhk
When finished you need to modprobe the
acerhk module, do the following as root:
modprobe acerhk usedritek=1 autowlan=1 force_series=290
Now you can enable the card by doing:
echo 1 > /proc/driver/acerhk/wirelessled
I have my laptop configured so that it will do this automatically at boot. If you want to enable the wireless card at boot, do the following as root:
echo "acerhk usedritek=1 autowlan=1 force_series=290" >> /etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.6 echo "echo 1 > /proc/driver/acerhk/wirelessled" >> /etc/conf.d/local.start
Now that the wireless card is enabled, we need to install the driver itself. To do that, do the following as root:
emerge -av ieee80211 ipw2200
The emerge of
ieee80211 might fail complaining about the existence of
ieee80211 in the kernel. That is because recent kernels (>=2.6.13) ships with some sort of support for ieee80211 that conflicts with the
ieee80211 package. To resolve this issue, do the following as root:
and then try to emerge
ieee80211 ipw2200 again.
When the emerge of
ipw2200 has finished, you can load the driver by doing the following as root:
After the module has been loaded it should have provided an eth* interface representing the wireless card.
If you want to load the module at boot, you can do it by adding ipw2200 to /etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.6:
echo ipw2200 >> /etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.6
Important: You need to re-emerge
acerhk ieee80211 ipw2200 every time you install a new kernel.
You also need
wireless-tools so that you can associate your card with an access point. To install wireless-tools, do the following as root:
emerge -av wireless-tools
This will provide the applications
iwlist that can associate and search for wireless networks.
The two hotkeys by the power button are recognized as soon as you insert the acerhk module. They need to be configured before use, however. In X-Windows, this can be achieved by creating an appropriate Xmodmap file. Xmodmap is a neat little program that can assign new meanings to keycodes, in essence emulating any keyboard layout you wish. If you want a file custom fitted for the ZNote 4200, you can download one here. To use it, run the command
After you have done this, you should be able to use the keys as normals keys. For instance, you can bind them to global shortcuts in KDE or GNOME, which is what I did.
The key combos Fn+Up and Fn+Down are used to turn the volume up and down, respectively. In order for these buttons to have any effect, they have to be bound to an action. In KDE this is very easy to do, using the KHotKeys program. All you need to do is download this file, and open the KDE Control Center, choosee „Regional & Accessibility“, and „KHotKeys“. Then choose „General Settings“ and „Import new Actions“, select the freshly downloaded file and you're done. These actions catch Fn+Up and Fn+Down and run „aumix“ with parameters for turning the volume up and down. Thus, it requires „aumix“ (naturally), but you're likely to have it, as it's a standard mixer program. At the moment, there's no visual feedback for these actions, but they still do work. (If not, let me know)
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