Friday Oct 12, 2007

Lenovo T60 Serial ATA AHCI support

I thought this is a good oppotrunity to begin my blog here. I installed Solaris first time in 10 years! I installed Solaris 10 8/07 on   "Lenovo T60".

  1. Last time I installed Windows 2003 on it, there was no AHCI driver. So, I changed BIOS setting to 'compatibility' as the BigAdmin page in the URL below describes. Naturally, I was interested whether Solaris will support Serial ATA AHCI mode. I changed the BIOS setting to 'AHCI' and began install. It installed fine. In this BigAdmin HCL page, it still states the BIOS setting change. I don't know if the change is required for some T60 model, for some BIOS version, etc. _OR_ the page needs to be updated. Anyway, below is a line from 'prtconf -pv' output.


    >             model:  'SATA AHCI 1.0 Interface'

  2. Swapping 'Control' key with 'CapsLock' key.
    I googled and found 2 ways to do this system wide. I.e., by modifying keytables file somewhere under /usr/share/.  One file for console and another file(us6.kt?) for X-window. I don't need to set this system-wide, so I settled down with good old 'xmodmap' way. Saving xmodmap setting in ~/.Xmodmap file didn't work for me.
    • On RedHat 4 gnome, there was personal menu to set this. Apparently, this item is missing in JDS.

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