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This is was desktop computer from 2002 to 2005, but I still use it occasionally (2013).


I bought it at Aldi in 2002.

  • Brand: Medion
  • Model: PC MT5
  • Type: MED MD 116
  • Motherboard: MEDION 3500 VER:1 (model ms 6513)
  • CPU: Pentium IV 2 GHz
  • RAM: 256 Mb
  • HD: Seagate 80 Gb
  • CD-RW: Sony CRX175A1
  • DVD-ROM 16X
  • Video card: Nvidia Ge-Force 4 MX 460
  • AGP 64 Mb
  • Ethernet card: Realtek RTL8139(1)
  • Audio chip: CMI8738/C3DX
  • USB 1.1

Apparemment, carte mère: MSI 845PE Max3 Series

~$ /sbin/lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by    Tainted: P
cmpci                  29112   1
nvidia               1627872  11
ide-scsi                7360   0
8139too                13056   1
~$ lspci
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. 82820 820 (Camino 2) Chipset PCI (rev 05)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82820 820 (Camino 2) Chipset ISA Bridge (ICH2) (rev 05)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82820 820 (Camino 2) Chipset IDE U100 (rev 05)
00:1f.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82820 820 (Camino 2) Chipset USB (Hub A) (rev 05)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82820 820 (Camino 2) Chipset SMBus (rev 05)
00:1f.4 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82820 820 (Camino 2) Chipset USB (Hub B) (rev 05)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0170 (rev a3)
02:06.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139 (rev 10)
02:07.0 Multimedia audio controller: C-Media Electronics Inc CM8738 (rev 10)
~$ demsg

Linux version 2.4.18 (root@excalibur) (gcc version 2.95.4 20011002 (Debian prerelease)) #1 Sat Jul 27 13:25:39 CEST 2002
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
 BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 (usable)
 BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 00000000000f0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 000000000fff0000 (usable)
 BIOS-e820: 000000000fff0000 - 000000000fff3000 (ACPI NVS)
 BIOS-e820: 000000000fff3000 - 0000000010000000 (ACPI data)
 BIOS-e820: 00000000ffb00000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
On node 0 totalpages: 65520
zone(0): 4096 pages.
zone(1): 61424 pages.
zone(2): 0 pages.
Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=Linux ro root=305 hdc=ide-scsi
ide_setup: hdc=ide-scsi
Initializing CPU#0
Detected 1992.652 MHz processor.
Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
Calibrating delay loop... 3971.48 BogoMIPS
Memory: 255516k/262080k available (1207k kernel code, 6176k reserved, 405k data, 216k init, 0k highmem)
Dentry-cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
Inode-cache hash table entries: 16384 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
Mount-cache hash table entries: 4096 (order: 3, 32768 bytes)
Buffer-cache hash table entries: 16384 (order: 4, 65536 bytes)
Page-cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
CPU: Before vendor init, caps: 3febfbff 00000000 00000000, vendor = 0
CPU: L1 I cache: 12K, L1 D cache: 8K
CPU: L2 cache: 512K
CPU: After vendor init, caps: 3febfbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
Intel machine check architecture supported.
Intel machine check reporting enabled on CPU#0.
CPU:     After generic, caps: 3febfbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU:             Common caps: 3febfbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.00GHz stepping 04
Enabling fast FPU save and restore... done.
Enabling unmasked SIMD FPU exception support... done.
Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
mtrr: v1.40 (20010327) Richard Gooch (
mtrr: detected mtrr type: Intel
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfb120, last bus=2
PCI: Using configuration type 1
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
Unknown bridge resource 0: assuming transparent
Unknown bridge resource 2: assuming transparent
PCI: Using IRQ router PIIX [8086/2440] at 00:1f.0
isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
isapnp: No Plug & Play device found
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.4
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
Initializing RT netlink socket
Starting kswapd
pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
Serial driver version 5.05c (2001-07-08) with MANY_PORTS SHARE_IRQ SERIAL_PCI ISAPNP enabled
ttyS00 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
ttyS01 at 0x02f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
block: 128 slots per queue, batch=32
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 6.31
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
PIIX4: IDE controller on PCI bus 00 dev f9
PIIX4: chipset revision 5
PIIX4: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
    ide0: BM-DMA at 0xf000-0xf007, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:DMA
    ide1: BM-DMA at 0xf008-0xf00f, BIOS settings: hdc:DMA, hdd:pio
hda: ST380020A, ATA DISK drive
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
hda: 156301488 sectors (80026 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=9729/255/63, UDMA(100)
hdb: ATAPI 16X DVD-ROM drive, 512kB Cache, UDMA(33)
Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.12
Partition check:
 hda: hda1 hda2 hda3 < hda5 hda6 hda7 hda8 hda9 >
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077
Linux agpgart interface v0.99 (c) Jeff Hartmann
agpgart: Maximum main memory to use for agp memory: 203M
agpgart: Detected Intel i845 chipset
agpgart: AGP aperture is 128M @ 0xd0000000
[drm] Initialized tdfx 1.0.0 20010216 on minor 0
[drm] AGP 0.99 on Intel i845 @ 0xd0000000 128MB
[drm] Initialized radeon 1.1.1 20010405 on minor 1
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
request_module[scsi_hostadapter]: Root fs not mounted
Linux Kernel Card Services 3.1.22
  options:  [pci] [cardbus] [pm]
usb.c: registered new driver hub
uhci.c: USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver v1.1
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 00:1f.2
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 00:1f.2 to 64
uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xd000, IRQ 11
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 2 ports detected
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 00:1f.4
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 00:1f.4 to 64
uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xd800, IRQ 11
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 2
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 2 ports detected
Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
usb.c: registered new driver usb-storage
USB Mass Storage support registered.
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
IP: routing cache hash table of 2048 buckets, 16Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 16384 bind 16384)
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
ds: no socket drivers loaded!
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem) readonly.
Freeing unused kernel memory: 216k freed
Adding Swap: 120480k swap-space (priority -1)
8139too Fast Ethernet driver 0.9.24
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 02:06.0
eth0: RealTek RTL8139 Fast Ethernet at 0xd083b000, 00:10:dc:31:eb:35, IRQ 11
eth0:  Identified 8139 chip type 'RTL-8139C'
scsi0 : SCSI host adapter emulation for IDE ATAPI devices
  Vendor: SONY      Model: CD-RW  CRX175A1   Rev: 5YS2
  Type:   CD-ROM                             ANSI SCSI revision: 02
0: nvidia: loading NVIDIA Linux x86 nvidia.o Kernel Module  1.0-4496  Wed Jul 16 19:03:09 PDT 2003
cmpci: version $Revision: 5.64 $ time 13:36:50 Aug  4 2002
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 02:07.0
cmpci: found CM8738 adapter at io 0xc400 irq 11
cmpci: chip version = 055
eth0: Setting half-duplex based on auto-negotiated partner ability 0000.

Then I bought (on 15/04/04) an IDE DVD +R/+RW to replace the DVD player: GMT NET.


BIOS Date: 02/21/02
BIOS Type: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
BIOS ID:   02/21/2002-i845-W627HF-6A69VM4BC
OEM Sign-On: W6513M7 V1.0B 022102 17:35:00 MEDIONPC
Chipset:   Intel 1A30 rev 4
Superio:   Winbond 627F/HF rev 7 found at port 2Eh
CPU:       Pentium 4 2000 Mhz MAX: 2400 Mhz
BIOS ROM In Socket: Yes
BIOS ROM Size:      256K
Memory Installed:   256 MB
Memory Maximum:     3072 MB
Memory Slot 01:     0 MB
Memory Slot 02:     256 MB

Apparemment, il y a moyen d'upgrader: BIOS Details J'ai été sur et j'ai rentré mon numéro de série, et il a donné tous les pilotes et le .zip contenant ce qu'il faut pour upgrader (à copier sur une disquette DOS ou Windows bootable. Je l'ai fait et ça a marché, mais toujours pas moyen de booter sur l'USB.

Operating systems


I first installed Debian Woody on it. Then I added support for the Nvidia video card following the instructions from the BxLug.

I then ran the Gnome 2.2 backport for Woody. I followed the instructions from the backporter, James Strandboge.

Then I tried Debian Sarge with LVM, but after a HD crash, I reinstalled Windows XP, so I could show my mother in law how to use her webcam.

I installed Sarge (July 2004) again with the Debian Installer beta 4. Installation went smoothly, with kernel 2.6.


In October 2004, I installed UbuntuLinux 4.10, a Debian derivative from Sid (unstable). It seems fine, so far I am testing with only the base system and it's fine.

I have some sound problems: when I boot with my webcam QuickCam plugged in, the sound doesn't work (I only hear a one second sound when gdm is starting, then nothing). If the webcam isn't plugged in at boot time, the sound goes fine.


Since I use it at my FormationSecurite training, I installed Slackware 10.1 (March 2005). Some notes at Slackware. There aren't that many packages for Slackware, I couldn't watch a DVD with subtitles like it should (with totem) and couldn't find any vlc recent package.


So I booted kubuntu LiveCD and it worked fine with kaffeine (which uses xine as backend).

Hoary Hedgehog

It was time to install UbuntuLinux again, but Hoary Hedgehog (5.4) this time (01/04/2005).

Breezy Badger

On Nov 11, 2005 I reinstalled UbuntuLinux v. 5.10.

Edgy Eft

On Jan 12, 2007 I reinstalled UbuntuLinux again, EdgyEft.

I didn't install v. 6.10 (Dapper Drake) because at that time I didn't boot that computer very often.

I upgraded from Breezy because after a security update involving, there was a 2-3 minutes freeze after logging in (after the splash screen from GNOME, the 2 panels appeared, the froze), then everything was fine again.

Feisty Fawn

Updated on Apr 20, 2007.

Smooth update, BblWebBanking is still working.

Installed flash 9:

sudo aptitude install flashplugin-nonfree

Gutsy Gibbon

Reinstalled on Oct 19, 2007.

Dual head

Basé sur ce que j'avais fait pour Hoary Hedgehog.

lspci | grep -i nv
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 MX 460] (rev a3)
sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.orig.22
sudo aptitude install nvidia-glx
sudo nvidia-glx-config enable

Changer /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

Section "Device"
        Identifier      "nVidia Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 MX 460]"
        Driver          "nvidia"
        BusID           "PCI:1:0:0"
        Option          "NoLogo"                "true"
        Option          "TwinView"              "true"
        Option          "MetaModes"             "1680x1050,1280x720; 1280x1024,1280x720; 1024x768,1024x768; 800x600,800x600"
        Option          "ConnectedMonitor"      "CRT, CRT"
        Option          "SecondMonitorHorizSync"        "30.0 - 70.0"
        Option          "SecondMonitorVertRefresh"      "50.0 - 87.0"
        Option          "TwinViewOrientation"   "RightOf"

Redémarrer X.

Ça ne fonctionne pas.

J'ai essayé plusieurs choses avant de me rendre compte que lorsque je plugge les 2 écrans, c'est la prise de gauche (quand on est face à l'arrière du PC, donc de la carte graphique) qui est l'écran zéro.

Il y a un bug dans le driver nvidia qui fait que gnome-terminal ne fonctionne pas.

Workaround: ajouter la section suivante dans xorg.conf:

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "false"

et redémarrer le serveur X.

Hardy Heron

Installé le 06/05/08.

Tout s'est bien passé, sauf la configuration de X: xorg.conf à retravailler.

Seul hic: vu que c'est Firefox 3.0 beta 5, les addons ne fonctionnent pas…


The root partition was full, the OS outdated, I installed Debian 7.2 (wheezy) on it on 19 Oct 2013 with LXDE:

sudo aptitude install task-lxde-desktop

All is fine, I had to add flash plugin non-free

sudo aptitude install flashplugin-nonfree

Also a PDF viewer and vim:

sudo aptitude install epdfview vim

To burn CD-ROM:

sudo aptitude install wodim

To use it : cf. graver sous GNU/Linux.


I don't like XP (pre-installed), so I put 2000.

The problem is that there are some missing drivers.



The chip is a CMI8738 from C-Media. Here is the driver


It's far too noisy. So, I checked which part of it had to be replaced: it's the fan from the video card (Nvidia GeForce4 MX 460). It's an Adda ap5212mx-e70.

How to remove the fan? also link to an apparently good fan manufacturer for replacement.

I got to a Brussels IT ( Exsit) store a replacement part: Hicool JACSE1 for 15 EUR. It seems to work fine. Still, that computer is very noisy, especially if you compare with the MacMini

mediondesktop.txt · Last modified: 2013/12/06 13:32 by carl