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.

March 20, 2008

Convert uif Images in Ubuntu Linux

In my windows ages I was used to make backups in uif format. Sofar I couldn’t find any way to transform these images back from .uif to .iso. For all the people out there who don’t know what uif is:

Universal Image Format(UIF) is a powerful compression image file format for backing up CD/DVD. It is fast, reliable, and has rich set of features which include password-protected, data encryption, MD5 checksum support and much more. UIF can not only contain the complete data of CD/DVD just like ISO image, But UIF also supports backing up multi-session CD/DVD, Audio-CD, VCD, SVCD and DVD-Video.

Before I was always using magicISO in wine or virtualbox. Today I found a great tool to do that right inside ubunt. Just get the tool here and compile it and have fun!

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