Micron Millenia TransPort Compatibility Specs
Last update: 7/12/96 13:05:17 EDT
Warning: document out of date
Micron's official page on the TransPort
I'm writing this document in preparation for getting one of these
beauties, to compile my findings on the compatibility of the various
components of this system with OS/2, Linux, and NetBSD. As of the
time of the first writing of this, I've only been able to check on the
Linux compatibility. Send corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to Cliff Matthews <email@example.com> and Ken Mitton
<firstname.lastname@example.org> and Troy Sparks
<email@example.com> for allowing me to quote
OS/2 Support Flash
Micron has made the file flopyos2.zip
available for use in installing Warp on the Micron Millenia Transport
with the SMC 655IR rev c controller chip. Not sure how many machines
are affected, but if you're still having problems installing Warp, you
can use the instructions in this file to get it installing.
A solution to the Warp problem has been found!
firstname.lastname@example.org (Troy Sparks) posted on
comp.sys.laptops 5/16/96 with a complete fix for OS/2 (I also saved a
repost of the original post):
First, get ATAPI.ZIP
and overwrite the drivers on the Warp Install Disk 1 (not the boot
disk, but the Diskette labeled #1) with the drivers contained within
(IBM1S506.ADD, OS2DASD.DMD, OS2CDROM.DMD, and IBMIDECD.FLT). Also,
and use that to replace the file on Warp Disk 1.
Edit config.sys on disk 1, changing:
BaseDev=IBM1S506.ADD /A:0 /U:1 /ATAPI
A sales rep for Micron told me over the phone that OS/2 compatibility
was listed as "Not applicable", meaning the testing to certify
compatibility either wasn't performed or wasn't completed. Call them
to ask about OS/2 compatibility; make the demand known.
The PCI Chipset is the Intel 430MX chipset. Not sure what that means.
The system has two type 2 slots, or one type 3 slot, just like almost
all systems currently on the market. The PCMCIA controller is the
Cirrus 6730. I'm unable to find any specifics on PCMCIA support for
any of the three operating systems at this time.
The video is based on the Cirrus Logic 7548CE chipset, which is
"unsupported" by XFree86 (i.e. Linux and NetBSD). However, it appears
that XFree86 3.1.2e does, in fact, work with this chipset. According
to email@example.com on comp.sys.laptops
in the device section in XF86config will solve most problems with the
system, and allow a 1024x1023 virtual desktop.
Cirrus Logic also provides support
for this chipset under OS/2. (Other drivers for this chipset are
listed on their website.)
The network and SCSI in the MicronDock are both taken care of by the
AMD 79C974KD Rev. A4 chip (previously known as 'that thing they threw
on the Zeos motherboards'). There is a patch available for Linux to
use this chip, and the ethernet part of it, at least, is considered
supported. Both parts of this chipset are supported under OS/2 - the
drivers are available from Micron.
Note: The Micron page calls the OS/2 Ethernet drivers "LAN Manager
drivers"; this includes an OS/2 NDIS driver. LAN Manager drivers for
ethernet cards usually cause trouble for OS/2 users trying to use LAPS
or MPTS, since they don't contain the right format NIF file. After I
get my system I'll be making a corrected .NIF file available here.
(ETA of my system: 7/26/96)
The IR port is based on the Intel 82430 MX I/O Controller. Linux
2.0.5 kernel sources at least have #defines related to this. Not sure
what this means.
The Micron page claims "SoundBlaster(TM) 16 Sound" - this sounds like
the real thing. That means compatibility with Linux, NetBSD, and
OS/2, of course.
I presume these act as a PS/2-port bus mouse, also supported by all
three operating systems. I take the existence of dual PS/2 ports on
the MicronDock as evidence towards this.
Advanced Power Management
APM is APM is APM, apparently. firstname.lastname@example.org
supplies positive confirmation of Linux 2.0's compatibility with the
TransPort's APM setup on comp.sys.laptops.
The CD-ROM is a standard ATAPI drive. Some pressings of OS/2 install
media may have problems with this. When I installed OS/2 on my home
system, it would crash in the second disk of the installation due to a
problem with the ATAPI drivers. It's necessary to get ATAPI.ZIP
from software.watson.ibm.com and follow the instructions within.
email@example.com has had some weird experiences with the floppy
drive on his laptop with Linux, but he still doesn't quite know what's
going on. He wrote of his problems in