August 18, 2008

Make backlight adjustment work in Ubuntu on the Panasonic CF-R7

I was struggeling with the backlight quite for a while now. But finally I found something which finally works.

First you need git core installed

sudo aptitude install git-core

Next you checkout the module

git clone git://

The next step is compiling and loading the module

cd ./pana_acpi
make install
modprobe panasonic_acpi

At this point you can already check if the brightness buttons are working.
Next copy ./pana_acpi/acpi/* to /etc/acpi
and restart the acpid daemon.

/etc/init.d/acpid restart

This module should work on all the 7-Series from Panasonic. I only tried it out with my CF-R7.

February 16, 2008

Panasonic CF-R7 on Linux

Specs for my CF-R7 Japanese Model.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo U7500 @ 1.06GHz
Memory: 1GB 533MHz
Graphics: Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller
Chipset: 82801H (ICH8 Family)
Network: 88E8055 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller vendor: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
WiFi: PRO/Wireless 4965 AG or AGN Network Connection vendor: Intel Corporation
SATA-Controller: 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA AHCI Controller
PCMCIA: RL5c476 II Ricoh Co Ltd
SDHC: R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter Ricoh Co Ltd
Battery: Lithium Ion Battery 41760mWh @7.2V

In Ubuntu nearly everything works out of the box:

Graphics: needs some tricks to work with compiz -> driver is blacklisted

WiFi: works out of the box

Ethernet: not tried yet

SDHC: works out of the box (never worked for me on the r3)

Hotkeys: Recognized by Gnome but are not working (need to try to find a fix)

Displaybrightness: Doesn’t work at all. Tried pcc_acpi driver on kernel  2.6.22 and 2.6.24 without any luck. Both are also not working with xbacklight.

Suspend to Ram: works out of the box

Frequency Management: works out of the box

February 10, 2008

Got a new machine – CF-R7

Last week I got a new notebook. First I was thinking of getting the Panasonic CF-R6 but later I realized that 2GB of memory can be very fine so I decided to get a new one and so I chose the CF-R7 which comes with 1GB memory a 80GB HDD and a Intel core2duo processor. It came in a very small package.

The first thing I realized is, that they added a small fan on the back. I was not that happy at first, but I realized by the time that it is very silent.
Since I am no Vista user I installed Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon.

Everything worked quite out of the box even the sdhc card reader in the front. The only thing which is not working is the feature to change the display brightness with the hotkeys. I tried everything sofar but no luck at all.

After some days of working with it I can say that I am very happy with this machine. Its small, fast, light, not easy to break and runs quite long on the battery.