CTX Easybook 800 Series
This page only has information specific to this laptop. If you haven't come from
there, and before Emailing me, please look at the
main page for more info and specs.
Richard Miller reported to me that
the EasyBook 700e works fine with RH 6.0. Mail him if you have questions.
- Ability to display the battery charge on screen independently from the OS.
It's not a very precise gauge (5 levels or so) and the display depends on the
current video mode, but it's still nice.
- Video in and out (I somewhat got video out to work under linux, the results
will depend on the resolution, and the refresh rates).
- Two bays, one for the floppy, one for the CD-Rom. You can put 2 batteries.
- The keyboard layout isn't awesome, but it's decent. The right control and
alt keys were removed (you need to type Fn+left alt or ctrl). It's not that
bad an idea because those keys aren't used that often, and you can still remap
the two windows keys if you wish. What you gain is a longer space bar
- The internal modem works! (actually, according to some reports I've gotten
it may not be true for everyone. I guess they tried to shave a few bucks off,
and at least some of those laptops have winmodems).
- The first model I got had a deffective CD-Rom
- Battery uses a bay, so you need to connect the floppy externally
- You get suspend to RAM or suspend to disk, not both at the same time
(you need to choose which one you want in the bios)
- The sound volume is not a rolling button, it's controlled with an up and
down buttons. There is also a mute button, which makes this a little more
- If linux is compiled with APM support it will crash. After talking to the
APM maintainer, I am convinced that the BIOS is buggy. Linux will work if
compiled without APM.
NOTE: Red Hat 6.0 comes with APM enabled by default, so the install will
crash. Try adding apm=off on the lilo command line and if that doesn't work you
ought to try RH 5.2 (which has APM disabled in the kernel)
- When you hit a key to restore the display after it has blanked, from time
to time, shift will apparently get stuck in the keyboard controller. This is not
a mecanical problem, it looks like a hardware bug. I haven't found a way to
recover from this (outside of rebooting), and for this reason, I don't recommend
buying this laptop (what a shame, it's rather nice otherwise). Maybe someone
will find a fix or workaround to this problem.
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Last updated on June 29th 1999. V 1.3