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General

This is a recollecton of my experience installing and running Gentoo on Sony's FS550.

Contact: lsimon at commoner dot com

Current Status


BIOS

You may reach the AMI-BIOS with F2. When hitting ESC you can choose between HD, DVD/CD-ROM, and a removable device to boot

Video

Relevant hardware:

Console

For framebuffer support use the VESAFB-TNG driver. For instructions on installing FrameBuffer and BootSplash read: Fbsplash]]

File: grub.conf
title  Gentoo Linux 2.6.12
root (hd0,1)
kernel /bzImage-2.6.12 root=/dev/hda4 video=vesafb:mtrr,ywrap,1280x800-16@60 splash=silent,theme:livecd-2005.0 quiet CONSOLE=/dev/tty1
initrd (hd0,1)/fbsplash-livecd-1024x768

Xorg

Xorg works fine. Some xorg.conf settings:

File: xorg.conf :: Touchpad
 # Touchpad - Synaptics driver
Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier  "Synaptics"
    Driver      "synaptics"
    Option      "Device"                "/dev/psaux"
    Option      "Protocol"              "auto-dev"
    Option      "LeftEdge"              "1700"
    Option      "RightEdge"             "5300"
    Option      "TopEdge"               "1700"
    Option      "BottomEdge"            "4200"
    Option      "FingerLow"             "25"
    Option      "Fingertop"             "30"
    Option      "MaxTapTime"            "180"
    Option      "MAxTapMove"            "220"
    Option      "VertScrollDelta"       "100"
    Option      "MinSpeed"              "0.06"
    Option      "MaxSpeed"              "0.12"
    Option      "AceelFactor"           "0.0010"
    Option      "SHMConfig"             "on"
    Option      "RTCornerButton"        "2"
EndSection
File: xorg.conf :: Video
Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Card0"
        Driver      "nvidia"
        VendorName  "nVidia Corporation"
        #VideoRam       128000 - I'd love to know what to really put here!
        BoardName   "GeForce Go 6200"
        BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"
EndSection
File: xorg.conf :: LCD
Some of these options are key to getting the widescreen to work, well that and the nvidia driver!
Section "Monitor"
        Identifier   "Monitor0"
        VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
        ModelName    "Monitor Model"
        Option           "dpms"
        HorizSync    31.5-90
        Option  "Ignore EDID" "1"
        Modeline "1280x800"  83.46  1280 1344 1480 1680  800 801 804 828  -HSync +
Vsync

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