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This is a reference for installing Gentoo Linux on the Toshiba Satellite 3005-S403 laptop.

Status of this document


Outstanding Issues


Series Specs

  • Phoenix BIOS
  • 1GHz Intel Pentium III (Coppermine) with Speedstep
  • Intel i815 Chipset with 82801BA PCI bus controller
  • Intel 82801BA USB Controller
  • nVidia GeForce2 Go Graphics Controller
  • Realtek 8139C Fast Ethernet Controller
  • Crystal CS4299 Sound Card, through Intel 82801BA
  • Texas Instruments TSB43AB22/A IEEE1394 Controller
  • Texas Instruments PCI1420 CardBus Controller

In addition to these, the Satellite has a 30GB IDE hard drive as well as an IDE DVD/CD-RW combo drive, and a 1.44" high-density floppy disk drive. The floppy and DVD drives share the modular expansion bay; therefore, only one can be used at a time.

Specific Models Tested

Linux Support

 ?Not Working?
 ?May Work?


Stage2 install of Gentoo 2005.1 was successful, with no installation issues. Kernel revision utilized is gentoo-sources/2.6.12-gentoo-r9


Wireless Configuration

This section describes how to install drivers and set up the D-Link AirPlus DWL-G650 Cardbus Adapter through the PCMCIA slot. If you use a different wireless card, stop reading now.

Major issues:

  • System hangs on reboot after volumes are remounted read-only. Power-off works fine. (ACPI/APM problem?)
  • Video card doesn't want to play nicely in, with either nVidia's proprietary driver (6629 or higher) or's generic nv driver.

Usage Notes


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