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General

I recently spent about a week fiddling around with Gentoo 2005.5 on my Sony TR1A/P (PCG-482N). This laptop has a 16:9 low-reflectivity screen, a 900mhz pentium-m with some degree of speed-step, typically 512mb of memory, and a 30gb disk shipped as two 15gb partitions, the first with windows which you will be happy to erase. This laptop is a mid 2003 design, but strangers still ask about it, in 2005, and will for years to come. Models released after this TR1 include the TR2E(800mhz) TR2B(1ghz) TR3E(800mhz) TR3B(1ghz) and TR5(1.1ghz). They all use the Intel 866GM chipset, I think.

Installation

Booting from install-x86-universal-2005.0 ISO, I found that gentoo managed a 1024x768 screen mode and detected and setup the LAN ethernet ok.

Listed PCI devices

Code: lspci
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 02)
0000:00:00.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 02)
0000:00:00.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 02)
0000:00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 02)
0000:00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 02)
0000:00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 83)
0000:00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 03)
0000:02:05.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c475 (rev b8)
0000:02:05.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C551 IEEE 1394 Controller
0000:02:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB PRO/100 VE (MOB) Ethernet Controller (rev 83)
0000:02:0b.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5211 802.11ab NIC (rev 01)

Failures

Tricky things

Basic gentoo installation

Following the basic instructions at gentoo.org quick install worked ok. This laptop had a two partition disk so I just left /dev/hda1 as it was (windows) then removed /dev/hda2 and made a /boot (64mb) a swap (1gb) and a / (the rest) in hda2 thru hda4.

Plan to take a day off when you emerge xorg-x11 etc. It will take a long time.

TO BE CONTINUED..

Ethernet

See this guide.

WLAN

See this guide.

Sound

Linux Kernel Configuration:
Device Drivers --->
   Sound --->
     Advanced Linux Sound Architecture  --->
       PCI devices  --->
         <*> Intel/SiS/nVidia/AMD/ALi AC97 Controller

Fire up alsamixer, disable "external amplifier".

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