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GericomHollywood 8060 15,2'' TFT 15:10 WideScreen

Laptop Specification

Model GericomHollywood 8060 Serie DVD/RW
Processor P4M 2.00GHz, L1 8Ko, L2 256Ko
bogomips 3971.48
BIOS Insyde Software SCU
System Memory 512Mo DDR (extensible to 1024Mo) 266Mhz
LCD 15'2 TFT 1280x854 (15/10 Format) WXGA+
Graphics GeForce4 440 64Mo
StorageHITACHI_DK23DA-40 40Go, Toshiba DVDRom SD-R 6012, CD-24x/CDRW/DVD/DVD/RW
Audio i810 intel
Modem HSP 56 MR-8060
Lan Realtek RTL 8139
PCMCIA Wireless CardBus WA1220 Admtek
Ports Line IN and Mi c, IEEE1394, IRDA,2 ports USB 2.0, RJ 11, RJ 45, S-Vidéo, Parallel, VGA
Physical/electrical specifications

Linux compatibility chart

Linux System Linux 2.4.20 This kernel is a custom kernel patched with the latest ACPI patch (20021212), Debian testing/unstable is installedOK
X11 GeForce4 440 Go 64M work quite well with XFree driver but weird display when I switch on tty console, and poor support of acceleration, and no support of twinview, so I installed nvidia driver. Twinview works fine, TV-OUT alsoOK
Sound i810 intel chipset Strange, in XP, the sound chipset is reported to be a Realtek AC97 Audio, but lspci says the contrary. Anyway, the i810 module works fine. Don't forget to use aumix, the sound volume is quite low by defaultOK
USB VIA UHCI USB works fine with usb-uhci module, tested with an usb mouseOK
NetworkRealTek RTL 8139 ok with 8139too modules OK
ModemHSP 56 MR-8060 This modem is reported to work in Linux (see the pctelcomp database. Install the latest pctel driver 0.9.6 and 0.9.7 : ./configure --with-hal=i8xx, then make and make install. Then load pctel.o and ptserial.o, run minicom as root and type ATZ, ATI 3 : it must work. I can phone myself, but since I don't have an isp provider, I cannot test for internet accessTESTED
Hard Drive HITACHI_DK23DA-40 hdparm -tT /dev/hda gives : Timing buffer-cache reads: 128 MB in 0.45 seconds =284.44 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 3.36 seconds = 19.05 MB/sec, optimization with hdparm planned
Toshiba DVDRom SD-R 6012 CD and CDRW works fine, I tested the CDRW with Xcdroast with no problem. Reading DVD is now ok (with mplayer or xine + libdvdcss2, libdvdnav1, libdvdread2 and libdvdread3). I try DVD-R burning, with k3b : it works fine OK
Keyboard The keyboard is quite comfortable, but there is a little problem in top left on the keyboard (probably the place where RAM lays. OK
TouchpadSynaptics I didn't manage for the moment to use the full features offered by this kind of touchpad, but it works well in XFree and console (via gpm). More investigations later OK
Power ManagementACPI 2.0 Compliant ACPI seems not to work correctly, I only have information on battery, but nothing about thermal and unable to switch in sleep mode. I'm trying APM which seems to allow suspending, but I lose battery information. APM does allow suspending only if I kill the X session. The latest nvidia driver doesn't work properly with apm support (apm is vetoed). So if you want even use suspending, you have to kill X and then remove nvidia module before "apm --suspending". If you want wake up your laptop, hit the power button. New Now apm works by applying the following changes : "apm=on acpi=off" for the kernel, loading apm module, and hacking nv.c from nvidia OK
Fan Fan is quite noisy, and it's very boring (fan starts all 10-15 minutes). This observation about the fan concerns specifically the case where you connect your laptop to an external screen : the video card seems to heat the laptop and then causes starting the fans...A solution is to change the processor frequency through the BIOS : I switched to 1.2 GHz. Now, the time before fan starts is increased from 1h !! OK
Wireless cat /proc/pci gives : Network controller: PCI device 1317:8201 (rev 17). and lspci : 03:00.0 Network controller: Linksys: Unknown device 8201 (rev 11). Linux ID Repository gives :Subsystems for device 1317:8201: [ADMtek] SP906B_V2 Wireless LAN adapter. In fact, this wireless card is admtek chipset based : under windows, this card works fine. Under Linux, the admtek driver provided by admtek does not work, and ndiswrapper-0.5 with ADMTek-win-1.79 with kernel 2.4.23 does not work too... I allready mailed the problem to the ndiswrapper mailing-list NOT OK

Useful files

Commands Results

 Model=HITACHI_DK23DA-40, FwRev=00J0A0A1, SerialNo=15715T
 Config={ HardSect NotMFM HdSw>15uSec Fixed DTR>10Mbs }
 RawCHS=16383/16/63, TrkSize=0, SectSize=0, ECCbytes=4
 BuffType=DualPortCache, BuffSize=2048kB, MaxMultSect=16, MultSect=off
 CurCHS=16383/16/63, CurSects=16514064, LBA=yes, LBAsects=78140160
 IORDY=yes, tPIO={min:240,w/IORDY:120}, tDMA={min:120,rec:120}
 PIO modes:  pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4 
 DMA modes:  mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 
 UDMA modes: udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 *udma5 
 AdvancedPM=yes: mode=0x80 (128) WriteCache=enabled
 Drive conforms to: ATA/ATAPI-5 T13 1321D revision 3:  2 3 4 5

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset Host Bridge (rev 04)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 04)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801BAM/CAM PCI Bridge (rev 42)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801CAM ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801CAM IDE U100 (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM SMBus (rev 02)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM AC'97 Audio (rev 02)
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM AC'97 Modem (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 440 Go 64M] (rev a3)
02:02.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
02:03.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI4410 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 02)
02:03.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCI4410 FireWire Controller (rev 02)
02:05.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 50)
02:05.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 50)
02:05.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 51)
03:00.0 Network controller: Linksys: Unknown device 8201 (rev 11)

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ram system:
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Merci pour votre post sur le Hollywood, j'ai le même et en suis très contemps, j'ai installé Mandrake 9.1 qui fonctionne bien, j'ai installé le pilote Nvidia, mais je n'arrive pas à choisir la résolution d'écran 1280x854. A chaque fois que j'installe votre fichier XF86Config-4, c'est le plantage complet de l'interface graphique. Pourtant on a le meme PC, meme config.
Un petit conseil n'est pas de refus.


pour le fichier XFree que je propose, avez-vous installé le driver nvidia propriétaire ? Essayer le fichier XF86Config-4-home (a renommer et copier dans etc/X11/XF86Config-4) qui devrait marcher AVEC le driver de chez nvidia. Si il n'est pas installé, il faut utiliser le driver natif nommé nv (A changer sur la ligne Driver "nvidia" par Driver "nv")


L1=256 Ko ?
t'a bu ou quoi ?

oups, merci


et le wireless, ca marche ?

pas encore essayé


Merci Beaucoup, ce deuxième fichier sans Twinview à résolu tout mes problèmes, CA MARCHE, un TRES GRAND merci.

Do you know if the modem should work? A search found no answer one way or the other.

Try the linmodem page, HSP Section. If you manage to install it, could you tell us how to do ? thanks !


Probaly the modem can't work. Look here

ouep c du bon taff ça g le même portable et ma debian c install tte seule par contre j'aimerais bien savoir pr le graveur dvd g pas encore essayé et j'espère que ça peut marché aussi
en plus le pcmcia marche :)

je n'ai pas encore essayé le graveur de DVD, si tu trouves qq liens intéressant, tu peux les rajouter ici ! Merci...


Salut !
SuSE 8.2 work fine over this nice laptop. The original intallation recognized almost everything: ethernet card, graphic card, sound card ... After the last SuSE updates I installed the nVidia drivers (4463 and 4496) to the best of the GeForce4 and to enable the 3D option. However to properly change the video resolution with SaX2, you new delete the definition of your Graphic Card and redefine: 1)Graphic Card, 2)Monitor and 3)Color resolution, not so smart.
Somebody knows a better, or more specific, Monitor definition than VESA?

I seem to have a problem with my keyboard on a Mandrake Linux installation. Everything seems to work fine, but when Linux boot and either on console, or on X, i cant type right! The location of the letters and numbers is totally wacked and i ve tried to reinstall the distribution, using multiple keyboard types with no luck :(
My notebook is Gericom Hollywood 2040.
I'd appreciate any help.
Thanx in advance.

Carlos, did you try my XF86Config-4-home ?


Isolate, your keyboard is qwerty ? azerty ?



Ca vaut quoi l'affichage en 1280 x 854 sur ce type d'ecran widescreen 16:10 sur le plan de la lisibilité des fontes (également en mode console ou dans un shell graphique sous KDE/Gnome) ?

on peut changer de résolutions facilement et monter au-dela tout en conservant de la lisibilité, si oui jusque combien ?



En 1280x854, la lisibilité est excellente, en console ou sous X. Un ptite précision, l'écran n'est pas un 16/9 mais un 15/10 (ca s'en rapproche, un régal pour lire des dvds ou divx). Je n'ai pas trop fait de tests pour des résolutions inférieurs, (800x600, 1024x768), mais a priori c'est aussi bon. On ne peut pas monter au-dessus de 1280x854.


I installed Mandrake 9.1 with new NVIDIA Drivers on a Hollywood. X server goes really fine, but when I switch to tty, I can't see anything. Seems that it is not able to change resolution, but it doesn't crash: I write "startx" and X server starts again. Can anyone help me?



Version of NVIDIA Drivers ? Did you try the XF86Config I proposed ?

I used with the XF86Config-4 you proposed. Recently, I tried to define new modeline in section Monitor, but the problem persists. When I start in runlevel 3, tty goes fine. With the "nv" driver, the screen becomes weird swiching to tty. Using "nvidia" new Driver, the screen becomes black.

Bye. MiB

I'm currently using 4363 Nvidia drivers and there is no problem. Maybe could you try to downgrade to this drivers ? I don't have time to try the new drivers, but I will try it as soon as possible...


Hi ! I'm back

> Carlos, did you try my XF86Config-4-home ?
No I didn't try because I found first the 4496 driver distribution.
Did you try over the 4496? I just give a lock to your XF86Config-4-home definition. I will try latter.

Also, I didn't test this distribution enought but not seems to be better than 4363 (stability and performance). Someone already did?


No I didn't try 4496, read above ;-)


Après quelques heures de galères, ton fichier XF86Config-4-home m'a oté une belle épine du pied. Reçoit ici toute ma considération!

A propos du Wireless (quelqu'un posait la question), je n'ai pas pu le faire marcher avec la carte fournie. Néanmoins ca marche nickel avec la Netgear MA 401 sous Knoppix.

Merci encore.


Pareil que toi Emmanuel, j'ai pas réussi a faire marcher la carte.
Apparement une AdmTek qui devrait marcher avec les drivers 8211 trouvés sur leur site. Au chargement des modules la carte est bien reconnue et l'interface réseau créée eth1. Par contre impossible de lui faire conserver les paramètres en mode Managed.
Iwconfig ne semble pas marcher. Je vais essayer en mode ad-hoc et un autre pc pour voir ce que ca donne ...

J'ai testé avec une carte wifi sur usb, ca a marché ...

Une autre petite info j'ai réussi a faire marcher le modem avec les driver pctel-0.9.6
J'ai plus les détails en tête mais je peux toujours tester tout ça à nouveau


New hint in this page: see fan section, how to decrease its frequency !


Your obseration regarding the fan is at least strange, I did notice that fan on/off is depended on CPU temperature, therefore is on when CPu is heavly loaded, and from other hand I can work hours with less demanding applications (word processors) and do not hear it...

But I have question regarding different block: modem, winmodem, or what ever that is! Is any one of you try to setup an netmeeting (i.e. GnomeMeenting)? How did you manage to keep the sound module working correctly with pctel module instaled? And can you install it without the -f (force) switch?


Hello, I resolved the 'black screen' problem removing 4496 nvidia driver and installing the older version (4363). But about winmodem? How can I use the winmodem with Linux?


Un énooooooooooooooooorme merci. J'ai passé bcp de tps à chercher comment faire marcher mon écran en 16:10 (sur un toshiba) et avec qql modifs de ton XF86config ça marche. Un très grand merci.


well, it's work fine for me... just download the pctel-0.9.6.tar.gz from Do as the README says....
But as I said: I have to insert modules with the -f switch (insmod -f ...), and that has someting to do with the version of gcc (whatever...)

Modem is working wery good, but the pctel & ptserial modules somehow distrubt the i810 module, i.e. there is no sound at all, or is reprodused with faster bit rate that it should... so it is hard to use it with the gnomemeeting like software. any ideas?


I think the first thing is to find a solution for which you can insert modules without -f, and just by modprobing. Maybe it will correct the sound problem...


My observation about the fan concerns specifically the case where you connect your laptop to an external screen : the video card seems to heat the laptop and then causes starting the fans...


The output form insmod is: "Warning: The module you are trying to load (/lib/modules/2.4.21-0.13mdk/misc/pctel.o) is compiled with a gcc version 2 compiler, while the kernel you are running is compiled with a gcc version 3 compiler."

And I have compiled the pctel with the gcc-3.2...


Franchement génial ! Merci encore !
Juste un petit problème.... une fois tout installer comme il faut au niveau graphisme, un WindowMaker qui déchire ! Je ne peut plus acceder au console CTRL+Alt+F1...etc. L'écran des ces consoles est tout noir ....

Quelle version du driver nvidia tu as installé ? Regarde bien la version du driver, et n'utilise pas celui de XFree, qui cause justement ce genre de problème...


J'ai installé celle trouvé sur le site web de Nvidia
Linux IA32
Latest Version: 1.0-4496
mon Kernel est le 2.4.23
ma distribution une debian.

En faite, quand je suis sur l'écran noir, si je referme le portable et que je le réouvre, l'écran réapparait par magie...

Downgrade a la version 4363 et tes problèmes seront résolus... Cette version ne semble pas encore complètement au point...


Ok merci Samir, je vais tester

Sylvain, qui a pas signé depuis le début ^^

Salut !!! is here !

I'm testing, or fighting, with XF86Config of SuSE 8.2. Same thing than before, don't want go farder than 1024x768.
Sax2 is even worse.

Comments ?


merci bc pour la mise en ligne de ses fichier de config de X.... un bon gain de temps !

shibby :) !


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j'ai juste une petite merde, sous mon bureau gnome c nickel, mais en mode texte et qd je lance tuxracer par exemple ca se met pas en la boinne resolution, du coup j'ai aps le bas... que dois-je faire?



Désolé, il n'y a pas assez d'information dans ton message pour pouvoir répondre !
Voici quelques sites pour t'éclairer sur les informations nécessaires pour résoudre ton problème :

A bientôt


I'm trying to get working the wireless card provided with the laptop, with no success ! :-( If you are more successful, tell me !


New : the modem is configured, and it's ok.


salut je sais que cette page est destiné aux utilisateur de Linux mais je suis sous windows XP et je me bats pour trouver les drivers du modem et du controlleur VGA si quelqu'un peut me renseigner merci d'avance

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