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I got my hands on a HP Special Edition L2005CL LiveSTRONG Laptop. Woo, that was windy. Okay so this laptop is pretty nice. So the specs of this particular model are as follow:

Microprocessor1.8 GHz AMD Turion™ 64 Processor ML-34 with PowerNow!™ Technology
Microprocessor Cache1MB L2 Cache
Memory512MB 333MHz DDR System Memory (2 Dimm)
Memory Max2048mb
Video Memory128MB DDR (shared)
Hard Drive80GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive
Multimedia DriveDVD±R/RW and CD-RW Combo Drive with Double Layer Support
Display14.0” WXGA High-Definition* BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 768)
Fax/Modemhigh speed 56k modem
Network CardIntegrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Wireless Connectivity54g™ 802.11b/g WLAN with 125HSM* / SpeedBooster™ and BroadRange™ support & Bluetooth™
SoundAltec Lansing
Keyboard101-key compatible
Pointing DeviceTouch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical and horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad
PC Card Slots1 Type I/II 32-bit card bus (also support 16-bit)
External Ports
  • 3 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
  • 1 headphone-out
  • 1 microphone-in
  • 1 VGA (15-pin)
  • 1 TV-Out (S-video)
  • 1 RJ-11 (modem)
  • 1 RJ -45 (LAN)
  • 1 Expansion port 2
  • 1 IEEE 1394 Firewire (4-pin)
Dimensions" 13.15"" (L) x 9.1"" (W) x 1.29"" (min H)/1.53"" (max H) "
Power65W AC adapter
6-Cell Lithium-Ion (43Whr)

Getting Started

You will most likely want to start a stage1 install. This won't take as long as you think running on a 64-bit Turion with 512MB of ram. So anyways the first thing you will want to do is get the AMD64 Minimal Install CD. This is not only a small download but well, it's built for a 64-bit env. Anyways, installing Gentoo from stage1 to stage3 is a bit beyond the scope of this document so I will leave you to it, but I would like to leave you with a few pointers!

You may want to take a quick look at my make.conf. If you want to run in a native 64-bit environment you need to have your CFLAGS and CHOST setup properly.

File: /etc/make.conf
CFLAGS="-march=k8 -O3 -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer"
USE="3dnow 3dnowext acpi mmx mmxext multilib nptl nptlonly sse sse2" 

Incomplete 08/16/2005

So for I have been able to get these things up and running:

  1. Wireless (Broadcom 4318) - using ndiswrapper
  2. 3d (semi-)acceleration (Xpress 200m) - ati 8.16.20 drivers from ati's website
  3. CPU Frequency Scaling (ACPI) - Governors: ondemand, conservation and powersave
  4. Bluetooth works really nice - supported in the Kernel and Bluez-Util

Most stuff is supported, although it was rough to find a driver that worked with the broadcom 4318. The only thing I am having issues with is the FN function keys since they freeze the machine when used... mmm... will work on that later. Any questions just post to discussion.


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