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Installation is standard aside from a few options. The best method of installation is to use the Universal LiveCD CD-ROM. There is no built in ethernet, so you must use a PCMCIA card, but you can't use the CD-ROM at the same time. You have to install without networking. The installation has to be a Stage3 install because it can handle a networkless install.

Choosing the Right Installation Medium

Chosing The Right LiveCD

The Universal LiveCD is required because we are unable to use networking during the install. The Universal LiveCD installs a fully functional system whithout the internet. Once installed, networking will be setup and the system updated.


The only way to boot the CD is to use Sony's PCMCIA CD-ROM drive. Gentoo needs to be passed the location of the drive. Added it after your choice of kernel. The default 2.4 kernel with framebuffer support works just fine. It should look something like:

boot: gentoo ide2=0x180,0x386

with 2005.1 cd i had to use gentoo-nofb nodetect nocoldplug nousb ide2=0x180,0x386

with 2006.0 cd i had to use gentoo-nofb nodetect ide2=0x180,0x386

with 2006.1 cd use: gentoo-nofb nohotplug ide2=0x180,0x386

setting pnp to off in bios also seems to help

Configuring your Network

Networking is unavailable during the install, you may skip this section.

Preparing The Disks

Follow the Gentoo Handbook

Installing the Gentoo Installation Files

We will be extracting The Stage3 Tarball, The Portage Snapshot, and The Source Code from the CD-ROM

Alternative: Using a Stage from the LiveCD

Follow the guide and make sure that extract the Stage3 Tarball


You will want the i686 version

Installing a Portage Snapshot and Source Code from LiveCD

Extract the Portage Snapshot and copy the Source Code as told in the handbook

Configuring the Compile Options



Version 2.6.X


Make sure sonypi and meye are compiled as modules.
Add the following to /etc/modprobe.d/aliases

File: /etc/modprobe.d/aliases
 alias char-major-81 videodev
 alias char-major-81-0 meye
 options meye gbuffers=32
 alias char-major-10-250 sonypi
 options sonypi minor=250 camera=1

Afterwards run update-modules.

Version 2.4.X



Specific Hardware

Motion Eye

Once the kernel is setup correctly, the media-video/motioneye package can be emerge to use the motioneye camera

# ACCEPT_KEYWORDS"~x86" emerge --ask --verbose media-video/motioneye
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