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This is a reference for installing Gentoo Linux on the Toshiba Tecra 8200 laptop. Note that there are several editions of Tecra 8200; this article talks about Tecra but the differences should be minor.

Hardware Information

The Toshiba Tecra 8200 has the following hardware:


Code: lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation  Chipset Host Bridge and Memory Controller Hub (rev 11)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation  Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 11)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 03)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801BAM ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801BAM IDE U100 (rev 03)
00:1f.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM USB (Hub #1) (rev 03)
00:1f.4 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM USB (Hub #2) (rev 03)
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Modem (rev 03)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Trident Microsystems CyberBlade/XP (rev 63)
02:07.0 Multimedia audio controller: Yamaha Corporation YMF-754 [DS-1E Audio Controller]
02:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM/CA/CAM Ethernet Controller (rev 03)
02:0c.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1410 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
02:0d.0 CardBus bridge: Toshiba America Info Systems ToPIC100 PCI to Cardbus Bridge with ZV Support (rev 31)
02:0d.1 CardBus bridge: Toshiba America Info Systems ToPIC100 PCI to Cardbus Bridge with ZV Support (rev 31)

In addition to these, the Tecra has 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. The expansion bay can be also used for secondary HDD or battery.


A Stage3 install of Gentoo 2006.1 was successful, with no installation issues. Kernel revision utilized is gentoo-sources/2.6.18-gentoo-r6

Wireless Configuration

The right driver to select in kernel is orinoco_cs module - enable:

  • CONFIG_PCMCIA (module "pcmcia")
  • CONFIG_YENTA (module "yenta")
  • CONFIG_HERMES (module "hermes")
  • CONFIG_PCMCIA_HERMES (module "orinoco_cs")

Ethernet Congiguration


  • CONFIG_EEPRO_100 (module "eepro100")



  • CONFIG_SND_YMFPCI (module "snd_ymfpci")
  • CONFIG_INPUT_PCSPKR (module "pcspkr")



  • CONFIG_USB_UHCI_HCD=m (module "uhci_hcd")
  • CONFIG_USB_UHCI_STORAGE=m (module "usb_storage")
  • CONFIG_BLK_DEV_SD=m (module "sd_mod")

Concerning USB, I tested only memory stick device. Other devices will probably require more settings.


There is a SMSC Fast Infrared port in the computer, but it seems that module smsc_ircc2 is not enough for it. Sorry - I am still failing trying to make this working. go to the and download the drivers

Graphics & Xorg.conf

The graphics card is Trident Microsystems CyberBlade/XP



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