New toy

Today a wondrous new (to me) toy arrived from the far off land of Ebay: A Fujitsu Stylistic LT C-500 tablet. Some of the very finest technology 2001 had to offer, the little computer has a 500 Mhz Celeron processor, 256 MB of RAM, a 15 GB hard drive, and a 800×600 TFT outdoor viewable passive touch screen. It is the outdoor viewable screen that interested me, I wanted a small computer for reading news/email/etc on my patio.

After making sure the hardware all worked in the Windows 2000 Pro install that came on it, I yanked out the hard drive (easily removable through a panel on the back of the unit) and installed an old 6.5 GB hard drive I had around with Ubuntu 7.10 already installed on it. After quickly installing the fpit driver for the touch screen and a ZyXEL G-102 PCMCIA 802.11g card (the LT C-500 does not have built in Wifi), I was able to browse the web with a reasonable amount of speed in Firefox. The install still needs to be tweaked to improve performance and possibly use Matchbox as the window manager instead of GNOME, but I was surprised at how easy it was to get a usable system going.

What works:

  • Touchscreen, with fpit driver
  • Hibernate
  • Suspend
  • IR keyboard (it just behaves like a normal keyboard)
  • Hot pads (controls brightness, volume, etc, and also have buttons for arrows, numbers, etc. These just behave like normal keys)
  • Audio

What still needs work:

  • On-screen keyboard in GNOME
  • A stand for it, that isn’t the mini dock (thinking maybe a book stand)
  • Power savings features for CPU (if they even exist)

Here is a picture of the tablet running linux:

Stylistic LT C-500 running Ubuntu

And here is a picture of it with some other computers I had lying around, for scale:

Libretto, LT C-500, HP nw 8440, iBook G3-500

(computers are a Toshiba Libretto 100CT, Fujitsu Stylistic LT C-500 (with IR keyboard), HP nw8440, and an Apple iBook G3 500 (“Dual USB”)).

1 Comment

  1. djrelay

    Did you have to do any tweaking to get the touch screen to work? I’ve been scouring support forums for days and still can’t get the thing to work! Can you help?

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