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General

The Dell Latitude X300 is sangat similar to the Asus S5N. With a few minor exceptions (BIOS, NIC, etc) it is almost identical. Therefore the Asus S5N hardware page is a useful resource for the Dell Latitude X300.

The Dell Inspiron 300M is juga very similar to the Lattitude X300. Many components, including the bottom shell and the motherboard (and so, by implication, many of the on-board devices) are common to both machines. Information provided here and in the Asus S5N section may be useful to owners of the Inspiron 300M therefore.

Booting the Gentoo LiveCD

An apparent early timeout causes a Gentoo LiveCD to fail to detect the USB CD-ROM drive mounted in the Media Base quickly enough to boot properly when launched on this platform.

A work-around for this problem is to boot with the dopcmcia option:

Code: Boot options
boot: gentoo dopcmcia

This appears to slow things down enough that the CD-ROM drive is detected and mounted properly, and the LiveCD boot proceeds as normal.

NOTE: This option does not appear to work with the 2005.0 Gentoo release. A work-around to the work-around is to boot with an older Gentoo LiveCD (this is known to work with version 2004.0 and 2004.3 LiveCDs) and to proceed to install the latest release of Gentoo from an alternative source. If the boot CD-ROM drive is required for installation, use the docache option to load the older release LiveCD into RAM, then umount and eject the CD and replace it with the current version.

Code: Boot options
boot: gentoo docache dopcmcia

Or try this:

Code: Boot options with 2005.0
boot: gentoo dopcmcia doscsi

Also unplug power adapter before booting - this could help too. You can plug it back after booting.

NOTE: An alternative work-around is to boot the gentoo cd with the debug option. Once in the shell remove the usb-storage module, then load the scsi module, reload the usb-storage module, run udevstart and exit the shell. This fixes the order of detection and you should be able to proceed normally.

Code: Method

boot: gentoo debug

rmmod usb_storage
modprobe sg
modprobe usb-storage
udevstart
exit


Another option that seems to work is detailed in this article TIP Installing Gentoo using USB-CDROM

BIOS

You may enter the Dell Bios by pressing F2 at boot time. Unless disabled in BIOS, pressing F12 at boot time will present a choice of boot devices. The boot device menu does not necessarily display all possible choices - individual items may be added or removed from the boot device menu from within the BIOS.

Wired Network Controller

Relevant hardware:

This card works with the Tigon3 driver.

Code: Kernel settings
Device Drivers  --->
   Networking support  --->
      [*] Networking support
          Ethernet (1000 Mbit)  ---> 
            [*] Broadcom Tigon3 support 

Source for the official Broadcom network drivers are available from the Broadcom driver download page.

Wireless Network Controller

Relevant hardware:

The Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 is supported in Gentoo. Installation differs for kernels pre and post 2.6.14. Refer to ipw2200 for detailed installation instructions.

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