That laptop hosted all of my quadro-boot systems. Of course, none of inhabitants suffered during the breakage, but they could not live their full-bodied life without window to external world which is laptop's screen.
Recent days brought me some good news. I managed to get the replacement.
This means all inhabitants had to move house.
I previously had similar experience when I tried to replace motherboard and processor in the desktop computer keeping same disk with Windows. It was somewhere in late 1990s. I don't remember whether it was Win95 or WinNT, but result of the move was disastrous. I had to reinstall the system from scratch.
Did things change since that time? Let's see...
Just to remind you who are inhabitants of my harddisk now:
- Windows XP - as pre-installed system, and I still use it occasionally
- Mageia 1 KDE
- Linux Mint XFCE
- Debian Squeeze GNOME
HP Compaq C300 laptop with following specifications:
- Intel Celeron M 1.6 GHz
- 1GB RAM
- CD-RW and broken DVD-RW
- Intel video card
- Broadcom 4311 WiFi card
- Conexant Audio card
- Laptop initially came with 80Gb (?) HDD which crashed and was replaced by myself with 500Gb HDD.
- This laptop had pre-installed Windows XP Media Centre Edition with COA at the bottom.
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pi 1505 with following specifications:
- Intel Centrino, dual core 1.73 GHz
- 1GB RAM
- CD/DVD-RW in working condition
- Intel video card
- Intel 3945ABG WiFi card
- Realtek HD Audio card
- Laptop came with 80Gb HDD, but I replace it with 500Gb HDD from my broken Compaq C300.
- This laptop came with pre-installed Windows Vista Home Premium with COA at the bottom
|Some observations on design quality of HP vs Fujitsu-Siemens. In my humble opinion, it is better and safer to open smaller compartments (HP), specifically for HDD and memory sticks, than to open half of the bottom cover with everything available from single place (Fujitsu). Also, as I read from Amilo-related forums, second slot for memory bar is located... under the keyboard! It means you need to de-assemble almost whole piece to reach it!|
- Windows XP starts, but with low screen resolution. It immediately recognises that walls around are new and requires activation. Activation does not work over wireless connection. So I will bother with WinXP later.
- Debian starts as normal. There are some messages during the boot which I can also see in dmesg, and most of them are about new WiFi card. Debian moans that firmware is missing. Most wonderful is that scrolling on touchpad is working! It was not the case for natively installed Windows Vista.
- Linux Mint XFCE starts as normal. Wireless network connects automatically. So, almost everything is like on my previous machine. With 2 exceptions.
- Screen is slightly blurry.
- After attempt to play MP3 file from network location and manage volume with keyboard keys (Fn-F5 / Fn-F6), keyboard stopped responding at all, volume reduced to the minimum and got muted.
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
- Firmware for Intel Wireless network card is only included into Linux Mint XFCE installed system, not in Debian or Mageia.
- Sound card is not working at all in Mageia and gives me glitches with volume control in Debian and Mint XFCE.
- Slightly blurry screen in Linux Mint XFCE. It's least important issue and I can cope with it.
- Debian. Boots with WiFi connected (firmware files were copied across, you remember). Audio files start playing straight away. But Fn-F6 (reduce volume) again hangs the audio card and keyboard in general. Same in Mint XFCE. At the same time Fn-F5 (increase volume) works fine.
- Windows XP. This time I took laptop to network cable. Activation went absolutely fine with product key from the sticker on the bottom of old laptop. Windows found new hardware and successfully installed most of it. Graphic card works absolutely fine. Music plays without any issue and control keyboard keys (both Fn-F5 and Fn-F6) work as they should. Wireless works immediately, but it "forgot" my network, so I had to re-enter the key. Not a big deal. Scrolling on touchpad does not work.
The best system to cope with move to absolutely different hardware is... Windows XP. Yes, there are some issues with inability to find driver for "Mass Storage Device", but it is not critical and most used one.
Second in the row is Mint XFCE. It only has issue with audio card and volume controls.
Third is Debian. It did not have drivers for WiFi, but once they were copied, connection worked fine. Unfortunately, same issue about audio card and volume controls as in Mint XFCE.
And last, unfortunately for me, is my favourite Mageia. It did not have driver for wireless. Of course, it started working when firmware files were copied across. But audio did not start there at all.
What does it all mean? Almost nothing.
Experiments with moving disks between different computers are not the most common thing any user does. That's why I am sure developers are not bothered with effects of such move.
I anyway wanted to install my systems afresh on new laptop, as I feel it right to let system install all the components required for the particular hardware. Almost all my "quadro-boot" components will be re-installed in the nearest future. The only exception is WinXP. It coped very well with the move, and I worry about it the least.
Also, as I mentioned earlier, I will replace one of the "boots" during the reinstall... So, I'll keep you posted and you stay tuned!
Have you ever tried to make similar "move" of your systems with your hard disk from one hardware to another?