At the beginning of last week I took delivery of a new Laptop, a Lenovo 3000 N200. I’m really pleased with it. Since its arrival I’ve found some time to play around with it, install Fedora 8 and integrate it into my life as my new main machine.
It’s a great little machine with a decent specification and some fun toys like a web cam and a fingerprint reader. Most of the hardware works out of the box on Fedora 8. The following are steps I had to take to get everything working, most of which are taken from the Linlap page for Mandriva the 3000 N200.
Sound – I edited /etc/modprobe.conf and changed the line options snd-hda-intel index=0 to read options snd-hda-intel index=0 model=lenovo.
Webcam – I had to build and install the USB Video Class Linux Device Driver to get the webcam working. Hopefully as this driver matures it will be included in the mainline kernel.
Network Manager – I like to use Network Manager which is installed but not used by default. The Fedora Wiki has a page detailing steps to enable Network manager.
I haven’t had any chance to play with the fingerprint reader yet but there are Linux drivers in development called fprint.
I was really pleased that all of the hardware was supported “out of the box” on Fedora 8, bar the sound tweak, including the WiFi adapter.
It seems quite a few people are stumbling across this post when searching for information on the N200 so I thought I’d best update it with a couple of points from the comments.
Wireless works out of the box on Fedora 8, it seems a little flaky at times but that may just be some of the networks I use.
The Fingerprint reader all works nicely with the version of fprint and fprint-demo in the Fedora 8 repositories, more interestingly work is being done in Fedora 9 to integrate fingerprint reader authentication into the desktop using fprint. Nice! See my new post on Fedora 9 for more interesting new features planned to arrive in that release.
[Updated again: 19/03/08]
There’s been plenty of discussion going on in the comments with regard to getting sound working on the N200. Marc Knüttel seemed to be suffering a bit but fortunately he has now managed to get sound working. His particular problem seemed to be related to the ICH8 + PulseAudio + KDE. Check his blog for his solution: Intel 82801H (ICH8) Sound Card Working on Fedora Core 8 .
While looking at this I also discovered that ALSA version 1.0.15rc2 or later is required to use the ICH8 under Linux. Worth knowing.