Kubuntu 13.04 on a Fujitsu ESPRIMO P720 E90+

Now for the first time a solid desktop machine to juggle with a little development environment using several virtual machines. This machine comes with a Intel® Q85 chipset and Intel® Core™ i5-4670 processor (4 x 3,40 GHz, 6 MB Cache). The full setup ran via USB-flash-drive using of a apt-cacher-ng .deb proxy incl. data migration it was < 40 min up and running. Means including all my data and all programs I use – tremendous. Read the details:

Disclaimer

This page is nothing more than my personal experiences with my desktop computer. This is nothing official from any vendor! I am not responsible for anything you do with your hard- and software. For any support contact the respective vendors! Please respect the legal notice.

Who should read the following description? The machine runs mostly “out-of-the-box”. All the rest is due to you. Be willing to learn, follow instructions form Ubuntu geeks, accept to fail and start again. At least you should know:

  1. How to operate apt or Adept Manager
  2. Read Readme-Files and HowTos
  3. Read Error-Messages and use search machines to find a solution

A good resource for hints, tips and questions is http://ubuntuforums.org/

Preparations

I added two 4 GB RAM modules and an SSD, no screw-driver needed. Everything is plug-able it is a matter of minutes. As for the „other“ possible W* operating systems the systems comes with DVDs there is no need to backup the original hard disk.

Let’s go: Boot the machine from Kubuntu Live Flash Drive. You have to plug in the USB-Flash-Drive to a non USB 3.0 port, start the machine, and press <F12>-Key during start-up. A boot device menu screen shows up, use the flash drive (not the UEFI flash drive) option.

Installation of Kubuntu 13.04 „Raring Ringtail“

The 64-bit (amd64) version of Kubuntu (http://www.kubuntu.org/download.php) is recommended on this machine. I have no issues with Linux 64-bit since years. This machine comes with an UEFI-Bios but everything went OK, not a single issue with this. There is an BIOS option „Fast On“ this reduces the boot time to KDE login prompt to 12 sec, without „Fast On“ you have to wait 16 sec. You enter the BIOS as usual using the <F2>-Key with the „Fast On“ option keep pressing the power-button until the machines beeps.

++ Graphics card — Intel® HD Graphics 4600

XServer starts with the correct resolution and 3d support. Intel’s open-source driver seems to be fine. Glxgears reports approx. 60 FPS.

Videos in VLC, kaffeine and mplayer showed a perfect green screen, the trick was to switch the output OpenGL.

VLC -> Tools -> Preferences -> Video -> Output

VLC OpenGL Output

For kaffeine you have to edit the entry video.driver in xine-config.

kate ~/.kde/share/apps/kaffeine/xine-config
# video driver
# { auto  aadxr3  dxr3  xv  XDirectFB  raw  opengl  SyncFB  xshm  none  xxmc  sdl  xvmc }, default: 0
video.driver:opengl

For mplayer add the driver in ~/.mplayer/config

kate ~/.mplayer/config
# Write your default config options here!
vo = gl_nosw

++ Power management — ACPI and Hibernate

Works as designed, the machine is back to life after 5 sec. I do not know if really every device is up and running again after suspend but it seems so USB, network, no complains from my side.

++ USB 2.0 and 3.0

Works fine.

++ Network — LAN Intel® L217LV

The cable interface works.

++ Audio — Realtek® ALC671

Works as designed. As usual there are front and rear plugs for microphone and line-out. Furthermore there is an internal loudspeaker. You can control the direction and muting by alsamixer (by default plugging in front-speakers the internal and rear sound is turned off). Configure Auto-Mute-Mode using „alsamixer“ by
alsamixer

KDE users should install for sophisticated configuration of the audio in-/ouptut.

sudo apt-get install pavucontrol

++ MultiCard-Leser 24-in-1 reader

Works, only tried it with SD-cards.

++ DVI (DVI-D) and VGA external port

Works fine.

LSPCI Listing

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Haswell DRAM Controller (rev 06)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Haswell Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 06)
00:03.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Haswell HD Audio Controller (rev 06)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Lynx Point USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Lynx Point MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation Ethernet Connection I217-V (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Lynx Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Lynx Point High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Lynx Point PCI Express Root Port #1 (rev d4)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Lynx Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Lynx Point LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Lynx Point 6-port SATA Controller 1 [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation Lynx Point SMBus Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Lynx Point Thermal Management Controller (rev 04)

BIOS version

V4.6.5.4 R1.5.0 for D3221-A1x

Any hints?

Please send me any hints, new tips, report errors, etc. via comment below. Please no support requests, thanks!

Links

Fujitsu Support: http://support.ts.fujitsu.com/download/Index.asp

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