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This is guide for Gentoo Linux AMD64 on an Easynote R3563 notebook.

This document is a mere documentation of what I did in order to successfully install Gentoo AMD64 on my laptop. Please note that I am a newbie to Gentoo Linux and basically Linux as a whole. This was first install on my own. This guide is designed for other users out there that are in the same boat as I, not very knowledgable on Linux or computers as a whole. Additional input from expert users will be gratefully accepted, especially on comments I make that might be wrong due to a lack of knowledge.

Basic Hardware Specifications

CPUAMD Turion(tm) 64 Mobile Technology ML-32 1.8GHz
Hard Disk 60GB Seagate Momentus 4200 Hard Disk Drive
Disk Drive NEC ND6500A Slimline DVD±RW DL Drive
RAM2x256MB DDR 333MHz CL2.5
Detail specification
Requires a 200-pin, non-ECC, PC2700 DDR SO-DIMM
Support 128, 256, 512 and 1024 MB memory modules
Maximum memory capacity: 2048 MB (2 GB)
Note: There is a known issue when using MemTest86+ on the R series that causes spurious errors on the initial run. Restart the test for accurate results by pressing C then 7.
Mainboard EasyNote R3 Series Mainboard
ULi M1573 South Bridge. South Bridge Chip supporting PCI Express, HD Audio, HTT
PC Card PC Card Controller Texas Instruments PCI4510
VideoATI Radeon XPress 200(M) w/ 128MB shared memory
AudioRealtek ALC655 audio controller. RealTek AC'97
LAN M1573 Ethernet Controller 100BASE-TX/10Base-T Fast Ethernet MAC
ModemSmart Link 56K
WIFIRaLink RT2500 Wireless LAN
USB3 ports
Firewire1 port

Installation procedure

Go to the web site, follow the Installation Docs link under the Installation section. Follow the Gentoo 2006.0 Handbook link and under Section 2. View the Handbook follow the AMD64 link.

Before I started the installation I obtained the Gentoo LIVECD AMD64 2006. I just followed the installation procedure as described in the documnetation. I am currently busy installing X11 and I will add information as I go along.


From the LIVECD boot you'll see that eth0 is picked up as the firewire port and eth1 is the network card.

When I type /etc/init.d/net.eth1 start <enter>, the computer is unable to establish a DHCP link. What I do in order to get the network going is to type ifconfig eth1 up <enter> and then /etc/init.d/net.eth1 start <enter>. I think this is to ensure that the NIC link is up.


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