This machine (and WWW site!) are now rather old and neither are getting
much attention. We finally scrubbed the Windoze partition during a
port to Redhat 9 and are still using this laptop as a data collection
system. By now, drivers for its hardware have been written, so
I assume that little of the fussing around below would be needed for a
current Linux install. Nevertheless, I'll keep this
page around indefinitely for those who might find it useful. More
support for Linux laptops is at Tuxmobil.org.
(Scanned from the Micron User's Guide)
By now, Micron has morphed several times. (See CNET article.) I used to have a link to an MPC
but now I can't get this to work and Trek2 U370 and AGP models never were listed.
ebay is probably the best bet now for Micron parts.
I installed Redhat 7.1, with a brief stop at RH 7.0
RH7.0 did not appear to be much of a change during the 2 weeks that I had
it on my machine. HOWEVER, I had to overcome several obstacles to get
RH 7.1 running:
Other than that:
- LILO wouldn't boot, giving only "L", indicating a disk geometry problem.
I had to go into the BIOS (F2 while booting) and change the "Large Disk" option
from "Other" to "DOS". This is counter-intuitive, since Other is supposedly
for Unix, but the BIOS help suggests changing it if you have problems.
- As mentioned in the "Screen" section of this document, XFree wouldn't
work with my old XF86Config and had problems (most of the screen blank) with
Kim Thomas's newer version. I ended sending a help request to XFree and got
the suggestion to try Option "cybershadow", which now works. Also, the
new XFree reads the file "XF86Config-4", rather than just "XF86Config".
- I couldn't coerce Disk Druid (which comes on the RH7.1 CD) to create
4 primary partitions on my primary disk, so I ended up using fdisk.
- The internal removable CD-ROM now appears as "/dev/hdc", rather than
"/dev/cdrom". I had to add: "xplaycd*cdromDevice: /dev/hdc" to my .Xresources
to use xplaycd.
- A general RH 7.1 change for auto-mounted file systems is that the
file auto.master appears to default to a map file type of "program", rather
- I've configured my system for dual-boot also to Windows 98SE.
(Yes, I still use Win98 from time-to-time for testing specific applications.)
After the RH 7.1 installation, Win98 failed to boot with an "Unable to control
A20 Line" error. A Microsoft WWW page says that this is an incompatibility
with the BIOS(!), but gives the fix as adding the line:
to CONFIG.SYS, which worked.
- /dev/audio works out of the box (as it did under RH 6.2). There aren't
as many annoying beeps as there were under RH 6.2.
- The parallel printer port is /dev/lp0. For the first time, printing to
this port worked immediately (and supports my HP890Cse printer). [In fairness
to Linux, part of my problems may have been my strange disk partitioning, which
didn't have much space in /var.]
- Now that I have USB support in the kernel, I've played with a USB camera
This page documents the ports of RedHat 5.2, 6.1, and 6.2 to my Micron
TransPort Trek 2 laptop computer. I use this for reasonably serious data
analysis at remote locations, and thus tried to fill the machine out as
much as possible. Mine has:
I also use the following external devices on this system:
- 300 MHz Pentium II
- 14.1" TFT display
- 256 Mb RAM
- 6.4 Gb Hard Disk (now upgraded to 18 Gb).
- optional 4.0 Gb Hard Disk (swaps with the standard 24x CD-ROM)
(now upgraded to 12 Gb).
- standard 1.44 Mb floppy
I also purchased an extra AC adapter, so I can cart the machine between
home and the office without having to wrap up the power cord, etc:)
- Xircom RealPort Combo Ethernet 10/100 and 56K Modem (I didn't want a
dongle or Xjack for the amount I use these connections.)
- Adaptec 1450 SCSI adapter (I wanted to eliminate cable clutter but now
have a PCMCIA card with a permanently attached cable. Also,
I can't use this and the Xircom at the same time, but don't think that this
will be a problem for my use.) I later changed to a 1460D which has
clip-on cables -- yeah!
- External SCSI Iomega 1 Gb JAZ drive (not using any more)
- External SCSI Teac RE55 4x/12x CD Recorder (CD-Rs are great for permanently archiving
the data I use)
I have had some questions about upgrading memory. Although I haven't done
it, I found pretty good information on page 50 of the
manual available here or directly from
It explains that you first remove the plate above the keyboard containing the
power switch and LED panel. Aparently there are tabs to do this on AGP models,
it just took a bit of prying (and yes, a bit of scratched plastic) on my U370
model. After that, removal of the keyboard and the "silver plate" beneath it
exposes the memory.
NEW (4/01): Under RH 7.1 (XFree version 4.0.3), I am now using
/etc/X11/XF86Config-4 (XF86Config doesn't appear
to be used). The key difference is use of the "cybershadow" option to be
able to view the entire screen. This was after getting the following
e-mail from Kim Thomas: "One item of note, the newest version of XFree86,
4.0.2, has made a few changes. The config files on your website won't parse
under the new version. I'm attaching my config file --
/etc/X11/XF86Config -- in case you might find it
useful." [I note that RH7.0 shipped with XFree86 4.0.1a, so
the XF86Config below still works.]
[The rest of this section is now kept only for historical reasons.]
The following /etc/X11/XF86Config was made available
on the WWW by Steve Goldsby, who got his system running before I did. It
has run perfectly for me. (I don't see the stray lines he refers to in his
comments.) By the way, the documentation for XFree86 states that
version 188.8.131.52 has improved support for the Trident Cyper 9397 chipset.
However, this version of XF86Config apparently does not work with the
Trident chipset which supports DVD (Trident Cyber 9397DVD PCI/AGP, as
opposed to just Cyber 9397 PCI). (You can check which chipset is in your
machine using the "Device Profile" in Win98.)
Chris Lyttle has supplied another
XF86Config which should work with the DVD chipset.
Also, Jonathon M. Robison has put
another XF86Config version on the WWW, which may be newer.
My screen has one bad pixel in the lower middle but I've become used to it.
The touchpad works as expected, emulating a 3-button mouse. I found by
serendipity that tapping with 2 fingers emulates button 2 and 3 fingers
emulates button 3! Nevertheless, I've modified my
.xmodmaprc to swap button functions. I also
swap the CapsLock and Cntl keys and make Backspace=Delete using this file.
I have heard of a problem with the numeric keypad under Mandrake 5.3. If
it helps, here are my Redhat 5.2
After a few days of messing around, I contacted Steve Goldsby about getting
the PCMCIA to work. He replied:
The big thing is that I had to force IRQ11 and turn off the port scan
(caused a hang). /etc/sysconfig/pcmcia thus has "do_scan=0 irq_list=11"
and enclosed the following 3 files:
which have worked fine.
Invoking "APM support" in the kernel mostly works. (I now regularly use
"xapm -percent" to watch my battery.) I have seen processes not come back
up (ethernet) when waking up out of suspend.
More obnoxious is that I have had the machine suspend while in the
middle of work while using the battery. Apparently, the
TREK2 shuts down when it gets too hot (there is a fan, but it only
runs when on AC power), and early versions of Linux didn't get warned of this
condition. Under RH7.1, the fan now comes on! (Win98 apparently knows enough
to start the fan in such cases.)
BTW, I'm getting about 2 hours of use on my battery (1% per minute).
Also, 3% of battery capacity is needed to shutdown gracefully.
Built-in Hard Disk
With Win98 installed, the built-in 6.4 Gb hard disk came formatted with two
2 Gb partitions (C: and D:), with the remaining 2.4 Gb not allocated.
I chose to keep Win98, with the C: partition, and give the rest to Linux.
Using "fdisk /dev/hda", we deleted the D: partition, created two 128 Mb
swap partitions (to support the amount of memory this machine has), and put
the root file system for Linux on the rest of the disk. Here is the
/etc/fstab file that I am using.
Auxilliary Hard Disk
I purchased the optional 4 Gb hard disk, which swaps with the removable
CD-ROM. This disk appears as /dev/hdd (or /dev/hdc?) and was initially
unformatted. Using "fdisk /dev/hdd", I created one partition, /dev/hdd1, used
"mkfs /dev/hdd1" to create the Linux file system, and "fsck /dev/hdd1" to
see that all was well. See the /etc/fstab file above for how this is
PS on Disks:
I've now upgraded my primary disk to 18 Gb and the auxilliary to 12 Gb by
buying off-the-shelf disks
(IBM-DARA-218000 and -212000) and swapping them
with the old disks. I repartioned with Partition Magic. I had to reinstall
Linux from scratch. (I originally thought that I could upgrade the auxilliary
disk, copy the system to it, boot off the auxilliary, and upgrade the primary.
However, I couldn't get the system to boot from the auxilliary.)
The DB-9 on the back appears as /dev/cua0. Note that "kermit" selects
hardware flow control by default for this port, which requires that pins 7-8
be tied together (if not driven by an external device). Use "set flow none"
or "set flow xon/xoff" in kermit if hardware flow control is not desired.
The parallel port appeared as /dev/lp1 under 5.2. Under 6.1 and later, this
defaulted to /dev/lp0. Access to my parallel port died under 6.1, but worked
again under 6.2 and now 7.1 (I had lp daemon problems under 6.2 which probably
were due to inadequate disk space in /var and/or /tmp).
I never got this to work under 5.2 or 6.1, but sound started up immediately
under 6.2 and 7.x (and always worked under Win98). I never knew how many
programs were beeping at me (though some are turned back off under 7.1)
Thanks to all who offered me suggestions in the dark ages.
The Trek II "..employs an ESS
Maestro 2 EM sound system which offers FM synthesis, hardware wavetable,
hardware MIDI support, and 16-bit stereo sound..." (from the Micron WWW page).
Also, the Micron manual (pages 39 and 51) notes that this hardware is
Soundblaster Pro compatible.
Works for the little bit that I've tried it (an old Utobia camera which uses
the CPiA driver). "vidcat" (packaged with w3cam) worked fine, once I
realized that the camera appears as /dev/video0.
I have an OrangeMicro PCMCIA firewire card, which I'm using to connect to
my JVC Cybercam (DVF21) digital camcorder. This all barely works under
Win98SE, so I'm trying (so far not successfully) to get it going under RH7.1.
I upgraded to the 2.4.2-2 kernel to give me a better chance. (I can't get
"make modules" to compile the kernel with new patches -- I think the problems
are using gcc 2.96 that comes with RH7.1. I'm told that 2.96 is not an
officially approved gcc version.)
I have become quite overloaded with e-mail and probably will be unresponsive
to questions. I am happy to describe my installation, but won't be much help
if your configuration is different. I am happy to add links to related
WWW pages from here.
I have a report of a successful port to an AGP Trek2 of Caldera's Open Linux 2.2
from Tom Berkey who notes:
"There were only a few variations from your RedHat installation", but adds:
"The BogoMIPS reported is 299, which is much slower than one of my
desktop Linux machines (my i586 reports 466.9 BogoMIPS!)".