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So far noone has ever installed LinuxBIOS on a laptop. But there have been many discussions. A few of them are linked here, you might get useful information out of them:
- Any update on linuxbios for laptops
- Notebook 340s2 (sis630) 256k Flash
- yet another reason to use linuxbios in laptops I guess
- LinuxBIOS laptop hunt wiki page
- HP Pavillion ZV5000 (Laptop)
- Laptop with Sis 650 chipset
- LinuxBIOS on Laptops
This page attempts to list laptops to find out which one might be easiest to port LinuxBIOS to.
|Make||Type||Model||CPU||Chipset||Video||Super I/O||Micro||Flash Chip||Flash Size||Flash Socketed||Flash Type||Still Made||Major Obstacle||Owner|
|Panasonic||Toughbook CF-25||CF-25LJM8EAM||P166MMX||430TX||MagicGraph 128ZV NM2093||Renesas 3886||SST 29EE020||256 kB||no||no||Miernik|
|Toshiba||Libretto 50M||PA1243CM||P133||custom FPGA||C&T 65550||no||Miernik|
|Sony||Vaio Picturebook||PCG-C1XD||P2 400||443ZX||MagicMedia 256AV NM2200||M29W004BT||512 kB||no||no||Miernik (broken)|
|Sony||Vaio Picturebook||PCG-C1X||P266MMX||430TX||MagicMedia 256AV NM????||no||Miernik (stolen)|
|Gericom||Webboy||340S2||PIII||SiS630||SiS630||PC87393VJG||PC87570||Winbond 29C020||256 kB||yes||PLCC||Norbert Schmidt|
|Highscreen||XD||14-C1700||Intel Celeron 1.7 GHz||SiS650||SiS65x/M650/740||PC87391(?)||?||EON EN29F040(A)||512 kB||yes||PLCC||no||No SIS650 docs||Uwe Hermann|
|HP||Omnibook||XE3(L)||PIII, 750 MHz||Intel 82371MB PIIX4M||?||SMSC FDC37N869||?||?||?||no||PLCC||?||?||Uwe Hermann|
|Fujitsu-Siemens||Lifebook||S-4572||PIII, 750 MHz||Intel 82440MX||ATI Rage Mobility P/M [1002:4c52]||SMSC FDC37N769||?||Fujitsu MBM29F400T1||?||no||SPI(?), TSOP(?)||no||No socketed PLCC, unknown EC||Uwe Hermann|
1 According to the vendor BIOS update tool.
- Tuxmobil Laptop Survey
- Laptops/Notebooks with Linux Preinstalled
- The Free Software Foundation's Campaign for Free BIOS
Who really makes your laptop?
There are several various brands of laptops, but there are only a few actual laptop makers.
Name brand companies like Hewlet Packard, Compaq, IBM, Dell, Gateway, Sony, Micron, Toshiba and others; including Alienware and Voodoo do not make their own laptops. The exceptions are Asus and Apple, and even Apple doesn't make all of their laptops.
Original Design Manufacturers (ODM) make the laptops for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). They in turn, add their preloaded hard drives and sell them to consumers. This is why a laptop is a bit more complicated to support with LinuxBIOS. The OEM's may not even have all the specifications for the laptop since the ODM has done all the design and assembly.
Some Laptop ODMs are:
- Quanta makes laptops for Sony, Dell, and IBM
- Inventec and Arima make the Compaq line
- Compal also makes IBM and Dell lines, as well as Hewlett Packard
- Clevo makes the popular Alienware and Voodoo gaming laptops