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General

This guide is about how to install Gentoo Linux on the Toshiba Tecra A8 laptop. Remember to update to latest BIOS before you follow this guide. As of now latest BIOS version is v3.30

What we got

Code: lscpi for model PTA83U
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller IDE (rev 02)
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82573L Gigabit Ethernet Controller
02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)
03:0b.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments Unknown device 8039
03:0b.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments Unknown device 803a
03:0b.3 Class 0805: Texas Instruments Unknown device 803c

What works

Things that just work

Cpu frequency scaling

Works with ACPI Processor P-States driver (X86_ACPI_CPUFREQ).

Under 2.6.20 it shows buggy 65.54 GHz frequency, but under 2.6.21-git it does not. Anyway it works all right.

Graphics Card

See this HowTo.

Suspend2

Suspend to disk works as expected. Suspend to ram works somehow, will describe that soon.

What does not work

Bluetooth

It is detected with some manual patching and the patch and instructions from [1], but you won't be able to find any other device around. Probably because of some antenna bug. Maybe it should be enabled too?

Will try toshset way later.

SD card reader

Although of being detected nothing happens (including dmesg) when I insert a SD-card.

Code: dmesg
sdhci: Secure Digital Host Controller Interface driver, 0.12
sdhci: Copyright(c) Pierre Ossman
sdhci: SDHCI controller found at 0000:03:0b.3 [104c:803c] (rev 0)
sdhci:slot0: Controller reports > 25 MHz base clock, but no high speed support.

Internal speakers

Full use of the sound card is possible by specifying the model. (as root) echo "options snd_hda_intel model=basic" > /etc/modprobe.d/sound

All channels will then appear in alsamixer.

See also

Debian Etch on Toshiba Tecra A8 Howto

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