Mandriva Linux Free 2008 Spring on Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo V5515

Mandriva Linux Free 2008 Spring seems to work good on this laptop.
I had little problem installing it, most of the hardware was correctly detected and installed.

  • 1.Graphic card
  • The graphic card is a Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 771/671 PCIE VGA Display Adapter (rev 10) doesn't work with the sis driver provided by Mandriva.
    During installation choose the generic VESA driver, and set the resolution to 1280x768 (the VESA driver doesn't support 1280x800)

    After the installation download this drivers (only 2d acceleration):
    Source of this drivers can be downloaded here:
    Execute these commands:
    mkdir sis_drivers
    cd sis_drivers
    tar -xf ../sis_drivers.tar.bz2
    [insert root password when asked]
    cp -f  usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/sis_drv.* /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/
    rm -rf sis_drivers
    Now edit the xorg.conf with these commands:
    [insert root password when asked]
    kwrite /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Modify the sections "Monitor", "Device" and "Screen" this way:
    Section "Monitor"
        Identifier "monitor1"
        HorizSync 31.5-90
        VertRefresh 60
        # 1280x768 @ 60.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 47.70 kHz; pclk: 80.14 MHz
        Modeline "1280x768_60.00"  80.14  1280 1344 1480 1680  768 769 772 795  -HSync +Vsync
        # 1280x800 @ 60.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 49.68 kHz; pclk: 83.46 MHz
        Modeline "1280x800_60.00"  83.46  1280 1344 1480 1680  800 801 804 828  -HSync +Vsync
        DisplaySize 330 210
    Section "Device"
        Identifier "device1"
        Vendorname "SiS"
        Driver "sis"
        Screen 0
        Busid "PCI:1:0:0"
        Option "DPMS"
        Option "XvDefaultAdaptor" "Blitter"
        Option "EnableSiSCtrl" "yes"
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier "screen1"
        Device "device1"
        Monitor "monitor1"
        DefaultColorDepth 24
        Subsection "Display"
            Depth 24
            Modes "1280x800" "1280x768" "800x480"
    Now reboot the X server (press CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE) and the screen resolution should be 1280X800.

  • 2.Modem 56k
  • No luck with the softModem (a Motorola SM56).
    I tried with the Motorola driver, but the modem doesn't work at all.

  • 3.WLAN
  • The Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5006EG 802.11 b/g Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01) works great with ndiswrapper and the Windows XP drivers.
    Download the Windows XP drivers from here:

    Unzip the archive and when Mandriva asks for a driver, choose ndiswrapper (and not the ath_* Madwifi driver) e choose the inf from the Windows XP driver.