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Gentoo Linux/AMD64 on Acer Ferrari 3200

Gentoo Linux/AMD64 (2004.2) on the Acer Ferrari 3200 Notebook

Here I document the installation of the Gentoo Linux/AMD64 distribution on my Acer Ferrari 3200 notebook. The main purpose is to document how to get a 64bit Linux distribution working on this notebook for those who want to really make use of the AMD64 CPU. This means that I have as yet not put much effort into getting all the hardware working. I did put effort into getting various bits of software working (such as fortran compilers, Java, and IDL) and I've included some remarks on that below.

Anthony Brown

Last Update Aug 11 2004

Hardware table

Basic installation

Post install issues

Setting up additional features for Gentoo Linux/AMD64

Unresolved issues

Configuration Files

More Specific Information

Contact Information

Links

Hardware Components

Status Under Linux

Notes

Mobile AthlonTM 64 Processor 2800+ (1.8 GHz)

Works

No special procedure required during installation.

CPU frequency scaling

Works

Use the 'cpudyn' ebuild from Gentoo. NOTE that one has to compile the Powernow! option for AMD CPUs into the kernel in order for this to work (CONFIG_X86_POWERNOW_K8=y). Do take the effort of installing this in order to avoid a constantly whining fan!

15.0 SXGA+ TFT LCD with 1400x1050 pixels

Works

Display works at various resolution settings. Did not try switching to external monitor/projector yet.

128MB ATI® Mobility Radeon® 9700

Works

No ATI drivers for x86_64 yet and there is no DRI-project support for this card (yet) so one cannot make use of 3D features.

512MB (2x256) DDR333 SDRAM

Works

No special procedure required during installation

80 GB ATA-100 (4200 RPM) hard disk

Works

modprobe ide-disk required when first booting Gentoo 2004.2 LiveCD

Slot-load DVD-Super Multi drive [Matshita DVD-RAM UJ-825S (D100)]

Works

No special procedure required during installation

Integrated Network Card: Broadcom BCM5788 NetXtreme (Gigabit)

Works

modprobe tg3 when booting from LiveCD, compile tg3 driver as kernel-module

Internal 56k Modem

Doesn't Work

I will not even try this!

Internal wireless card (wi-Fi certified), Broadcom BCM4306, 802.11b/g

Doesn't Work yet

Should work with ndiswrapper and XP driver?

8-cell Lithium-Ion Battery pack

Works

No special procedure required during installation; tested and seems to have about 2.5 hours of life

Soundcard: Realtek AC97 Codec ALC202A

Works

Compile support for the sound-card as a kernel module (snd_via82xx) and follow the instructions in the Gentoo Linux ALSA Guide

4-in-1 card reader supporting Secure Digital, SmartMedia, MultiMediaCard, and Memory Stick formats

Doesn't work yet

Haven't tried this yet

Bluetooth

Doesn't work yet

Haven't tried this yet

Infrared

Doesn't work yet

Should work with standard Linux IRDA tools?

Firewire (IEEE1394)

Doesn't work yet

Haven't tried this yet

PCMCIA

Doesn't work yet

Haven't tried this yet

Power Management

Works (partly)

If one compiles the relevant acpi options into the kernel, the 'acpi' ebuild from Gentoo works fine for monitoring the battery charge state. However I have not tried any advanced power management options yet.

Synaptics touchpad with 4-way scroll key

Works

See below

Keyboard

Works

Euro symbol and character composing works (see below). The embedded numerical keypad (activate with "numlock") works. Did not try function key to switch to external monitor. The LCD-brightness function keys work.

This laptop is operating under Kernel version 2.6.7-gentoo-r13


Basic Installation of Gentoo Linux/AMD64 distribution:

Post-Install modifications/tweaks


Setting up additional features for Gentoo Linux/AMD64


Unresolved issues


Configuration Files


More Specific Information


Contact Information


Links



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