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New Laptops design woe, or is it?
  • From: scsijon <scsijon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 08 Apr 2006 15:11:54 +1000
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Now, this is a good one and I need some guidance. Do I need to add a bugzilla
??? or somewhere else as it's not really a bug!

A friend of mine was "loaned" a new generic brand AMD64bit laptop (beta model,
not yet released in Australia) to play with and told to "BREAK IT!", he asked my
help. :-))>

Sorry, not physically, but within the software specs. We only had a couple of
days though as it had to go back. Manuals were no use as were scratch copies
and very basic with little english. Was promised to see a copy of a ?beta english
release of the manual later in the week.


We killed the partitions, created a mixed size group sizes and formatted/installed with
dr-dos, did that again using different partition sizes but NT3, and again a third time
with Warp4, idea was to ensure everthing was totally compatable and could run the
different types of operating systems, finally we reinstalled windows xp, everything
came up ok in all four types.

We then deleted everything and killed the partitions again. I took my suse10.0 dvd
(ex linux Mag) and tried to run/install.

It wouldn't, although it could read the dvd, it complained about a driver missing, after
a bit of work with the onscreen log I worked out it was looking for the usb driver. It
seems it couldn't find one and stopped at that point as it couldn't set partitions up
on it. I wasn't happy as I had planned to "show it off".

Had to stop at this point and return it to "it's pristine working state" as it had to go
back to singapore the next day with the rep.

Later that week, I was able to get my hands on the english translated copy of the
Users Manual which had an internal block design included.

It seems there is no idebus or io etc.,chipsets, everything possible, including both the
hard and dvdr/w are hooked up via a module to the usb bus as are the 100/1000T
port/internal modem (winmodem of course), and wi-fi modules (plus space for a third)
that plug in and connect at the back.

It makes sense that this would finally happen with designs, but is something new that
we now need to think of and be able to support. It would be nice to be able to say that
we had already added that function into the basic configurations.

So who do I tell / ask?


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