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Howto install Linux on the Notebook LION Iterno 235 alias MOVITA Fuego 235

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On this page I will explain how to install and configure Mandrake 7.2 on the notebook named above.
There were difficulties when installing the Suspend to Disk partition, the S3 Savage graphic adapter and the Lucent LT WinModem.
The Touchpad works fine, as well as the soundcard.
Untill now I have not tested the TV-Out, the USB and the InfraRed port.


  • PIII 650 MHz Intel 440BX/Zx
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 14,1" TFT
  • 10 GB HD HITACHI_DK23BA-10, ATA DISK drive
  • 8 MB, S3 Inc. 86C270-294 Savage/MX-/IX (rev 11)
  • Yamaha YMF-754 [DS-1E Audio Controller]
  • Internal Lucent LT WinModem 56k Data+Fax+Voice
  • USB
  • InfraRed
  • TV-Out
  • Suspend to RAM
  • Suspend to DISK
Suspend to DISK (STD)

If you want to use this cool feature you should create a primary partition with minimum the amount of RAM + the amount of video RAM (i. e. min 140 MB) and with partition type 84 (use linux fdisk). Do not use the DOS tool (0vmakfil.exe) delivered with the notebook. It can only create a Suspend to Disk partition if the HD is unpartitioned.

8 MB S3 Savage

To get this graphic adapter working, you have to download a XFree86-server-4.0.2 Mandrake rpm and the patched S3 Savage driver. The driver savage_drv.o delivered with the XFree86 4.0.1 or 4.0.2 rpm does not work correctly, so it has to be replaced with the patched one.

You can get more information about XFree86 4 running the S3 Savage and the patch at http://www.probo.com/timr/savage40.html. Read these instructions carefully. Some of mine are from there.

Internal Lucent LT WinModem

Read the informations on http://walbran.org/sean/linux/stodolsk/. Download ltmodem-5.78e.tar.gz, extract it and follow the instructions to build the module for your kernel (kernel 2.2 and 2.4 should work).
If you have Mandrake kernel 2.2.17 you can download a rpm ltmodem-2.2.17-21mdk-5.78e-1.i686.rpm (178k) containing the precompiled module from here.

Step by Step

You should have downloaded:

Now let's start:

  • Start Mandrake from CD and use rescue.

  • fdisk /dev/hda
    • delete all partitions
    • create the Suspend to Disk partition as the 1st primary
      (200 MB, type 84)
    • create a linux swap partition as the 2nd primary
      (200 MB, type 82)
    • create a linux root partition as the 3rd primary
      (rest of space on the HD, type 83)
  • reboot
  • Boot Mandrake 7.2 direct from CD and install it on the linux root partition, with the X-Server from the CD. During installation do probe X. This will fail but this is intended since the XF86Config-4 file created is the one we need.

  • After installation start from HD.

  • If you didn't probed X during install, start XFdrake as root and configure X. You will get errors, but save it anyway. Remember we need a XF86Config-4 to be generated.

  • Install the downloaded rpms (XFree86-server and ltmodem).
    rpm -Uvh XFree86-server-4.0.2-4mdk.i586.rpm
    rpm -Uvh ltmodem-2.2.17-21mdk-5.78e-1.i686.rpm

  • Delete all installed XFree86-3.3.6 rpms.
    rpm -e XFree86-server-common
    rpm -e XFree86-SVGA

  • Edit /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 with your favorite editor and replace s3virge with savage. This is necessary because XFdrake does not recognize the S3 Savage correctly.

  • Now the link to the X server must be changed.
    rm /etc/X11/X
    ln -s /usr/X11R6/bin/XFree86 /etc/X11/X

  • Extract xf40sav.tgz and move the file savage_drv.o to the place where the one delivered with the XFree86-server is.
    tar txvf xf40sav.tgz
    mv savage_drv.o /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/

  • startx and have fun :))

Tips & Tricks


After resuming from disk the network doesn't work. Solution:

  • eject and insert the networkcard or
  • edit /etc/pcmcia/network and insert after the 'restart'-section

    • 'resume')
      /sbin/ifconfig down up

If you think there is something out there which should be included in this howto email me.

ralph.pape@web.de, March 2001

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