Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo V5535
The laptop with Fujitsu Siemens brand is a new thing for me, because i knew the laptop with Fujitsu brand but not Siemens. Both names are a large player in electronic and telecommunication field world wide. And this combination brand only exists for computer, not anything else.
The Esprimo V5535 comes with Windows Vista Home Basic. And it is normal that the new computer or laptop is installed within a single partition. View full specification of Esprimo V5535 here.
Before installing Linux on a system that already has an operating system (OS), user have to prepare a space for Linux. User can choose either preparing the empty partition within running OS or creating a new partition by formatting during Linux installation. I choose to create empty partition on Windows to avoid erasing Windows partition (during installation).
Since i don’t have partition manager application, i have to use open source application, because o don’t want to spend money just for an easy (but important) task. Therefore i’m using Gparted live CD.
Gparted is stand for Gnome Partition Editor. It can create, delete and resize partition and support both Windows and Unix filesystem type including FAT, NTFS and ext3. More about Gparted here and here.
Using Mandriva 2006
Mandriva is one of the popular distro among Linux distro. It’s User Interface (UI) is very user friendly and easy to install. I suggest this distro for a Linux newbie.
I’m using Mandriva 2006 and Mandriva One 2008 within Esprimo V5535. Fisrtly I’m running Mandriva 2006 DVD version (full package – got it from my beloved supervisor).
I faced a problem at the installation beginning with Mandriva 2006. I simply press the ‘Enter’ key to start the installation but failed. It does not loading anything after that. Then i tried again using other installation option. I give an option with ‘noapic’ command as in picture below.
Install with noapic option – apic (advanced programmable interrupt controller)
After loading the kernel and initialize important package, the the instllation process began with language selection. I thought everything will run smoothly after that, but no. I’m never found this problem before. The message said that it does not recognize the IDE driver, so user has to manually choose the driver for IDE. I just tried a few driver listed but none succeed.
Problem at verifying IDE driver
I decided to stop here and try the latest version of Mandriva.
Installation using Mandriva One
Mandriva One is a free distribution where user can download from Mandriva site or from any download page such as Softpedia. The appearance and UI of Mandriva is very nice and cool and Mandriva 2008 has added several new awesome features such as 3D view.
I used to install Mandriva One on HP laptop and successfully running. Let see whether the result is similar or vice versa for Fujitsu Siemens laptop.
I don’t give any optional installation command and it just loading the kernel by default. After initialized all needed package, it enter to a text mode background.
There was an error about the network connection and the error message is always prompt out at the text mode background screen. It stopped after i connected with the local area network (LAN).
Error on network connection
After that the login message appeared. I login as a root. Then i tried to run the UI, X manager but failed. I don’t really care about the error message, and i think it related with display or graphical driver. The system running recognized all the partition on it including the new partition (with the red line).
Boot in text mode – detect partition
The summary of this work is i failed installiing Mandriva on Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo V5535. The problem might be the hardware or no driver include for this model in Mandriva. And the challenge is i didn’t found any method installing Mandriva on this model. But I don’t want to go any further with the installation. I will try other distro next time.