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This is a short article providing some bits of information helpful for installing Gentoo on the Asus W3V laptop.

1) Your drive is mounted on /dev/sda, not /dev/hda.

2) There is no support for APM. If you want to be able to suspend your laptop, use suspend2-sources as your kernel and configure Suspend2 accordingly.

3) In my experience, your ACPI and frequency scaling modules need to be loaded manually. Add them to your /etc/modules.autoload.d/<kernel>:

File: /etc/modules.autoload.d/<kernel>
cpufreq_performance (and any other governors)

4) MMC and SD work after installing this patch:

MS slot does not work as far as I know.

5) IRDA does not work either, or I have not found the correct modules for it.

Note: Not from the original author - The drivers that ASUS provides call it an SMSC IRCC, where SMSC is the manufacturer. I haven't gotten anything to work yet, but I'll re-edit the wiki if I get it to work.

6) ipw2200 is the correct module for the wireless adapter. You'll need to emerge ipw2200.

7) Bluetooth works fine. The biggest problem is that the bt adapter is off at boot. I believe there is a module that interprets the Asus special keys as real key clicks; one might be able to detect it and turn Bluetooth on and off accordingly. See sudo tutorials and Asus extras tutorials for more information. I believe it's hci_usb.

Note: Not from original author - Bluetooth key works fine for me. It's not controlled in software, rather, it seems to be a hardware on-off switch that connects the Bluetooth controller to the USB bus. Hence, LED and functionality are hardware not software dependent. In short, pushing the button turns Bluetooth on and off for me. Very different from the wi-fi!

8) Sound issue:

Edit: Updated something I posted earlier. I'm not the original author of this post but I have been devoting quite a few hours to getting Gentoo running the way I want it. Below is additional info from me. Contact me at saffsd )at(

Note: If using the 2006.0 LiveCD, eth2 is wireless and eth1 is the wired port. The wired port loads up "sk98lin" by default. You need to unload this and load "skge" instead. After that restart net.eth1 and it will work properly. If you don't do this the installer will not work. eth1 is firewire ethernet.

To get wireless working you need to disable ipw2200 in the kernel, as well as the generic ieee80211 stack, and then emerge both ieee80211 and ipw2200 thereafter. Then it works perfectly, I'm using wifi-radar.

I've been trying to get the following working with varying degrees of success: framebuffer ati proprietary drivers suspend2

So far, suspend2 just doesn't work. Using the sources from suspend2-2.6.14-r7, I tried a ~x86 masked .15 kernel but couldn't get the fb to do what I wanted it to do. May try again later on.

Note: suspend2 works with sys-kernel/suspend2-sources-2.6.15-r8. Works fine with proprietary ATI drivers, but seems to have problems with free drivers.

Framebuffer: I can get 1280x768 framebuffer on radeonfb in the a/m kernel. It's very pretty, but it breaks the ATI proprietary drivers (took many hours to figure that out). (Google is your friend.)

For the ATI prop drivers to work, I am using vesafb-tng. I cannot get vesafb-tng to give me a 1280x768 console. 1024x768 only. /proc/fb0/modes doesn't list any 1280x768 modes. vbetest can't use them. I am hoping that either it's a config problem, or that it will be fixed in a newer kernel.

Using vesafb-tng/ati proprietary drivers, X seems to work properly. However, crtl+Alt+f1 at gdm produces a strange albeit pretty hang. The screen just fades to white. Radeonfb/ATI prop worked properly. Radeonfb/ATI also ran fglx_glxgears and glxgears properly, however it would hang if anything tried to draw to it (eg. loading gnome, or running wifi-radar).

XGL/compiz: "works" with proprietary ATI drivers. Random lockups were encountered. (x11-drivers/ati-drivers-8.23.7)

Code: output of lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM/GMS/910GML Express Processor to DRAM Controller (rev 03) 00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 03) 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04) 00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 04) 00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 04) 00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 04) 00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 04) 00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 04) 00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 04) 00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev d4) 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 04) 00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) SATA Controller (rev 04) 00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 04) 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M24 1P [Radeon Mobility X600] 03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8001 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 13) 03:01.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev b3) 03:01.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C552 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 08) 03:01.2 Class 0805: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 17) 03:01.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 08) 03:02.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG (rev 05)


test modem, crt-out, s-video-out, pcmcia slot, dvd+rw drive, fix sound issues


Someone who's not a working busy college student is welcome to expand on this.


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