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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2004 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've asked for this excellent howto to be integrated in our handbook, if anyone is interested in helping out to make that happen, just give me (pvdabeel@gentoo.org), sejo (sejo@gentoo.org) or the doc lead (swift@gentoo.org) a ping
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2004 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the sound section is a little short, i used that one http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/alsa-guide.xml (thanks to stimuli). however, they too missed one tiny little thing: the devices are only readable to user audio, and members of the group audio. so don't forget to add yourself and other users to the audio group!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2004 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, with the 2.6 kernel recommended, I didn't have to do all that stuff (configuring devfsd and the modules, etc), I just had to do the couple of things listed in the HOWTO.

I've updated the HOWTO with your remark about the audio group, although there must be several other details of the same kind I have omitted because they are not directly related to the Powerbook.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I writed 2 howtos in italian. The first is here: http://www.gentoo.it/doc/pbook_al.html

The new version is here: http://utenti.lycos.it/marentaxdevelop/altro/pbook_al11.html
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so will there be any drivers for airport extreme or ati 9600/9700 etc. ? for PPC....
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

soujirou wrote:
so will there be any drivers for airport extreme or ati 9600/9700 etc. ? for PPC....


As im only a few days away from finally recieving my 15" powerbook i would also like to know if the gfx card will ever be supported.
I opted to go with the more expensive 128mb solution and i just realised that i might never be able to fully utilize it using linux. I am however really excited to be finally recieving my powerbook:)

• 1.5GHz PowerPC G4 with 128MB Graphics Memory
• 512MB DDR333 SDRAM - 2x256 SO-DIMMs
• 80GB Ultra ATA drive @ 5400 rpm
• SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
• Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
• AirPort Extreme Card
• 15.2-inch TFT Display

I guess until ATI wakes up and decides to actaully be useful to the linux community i will have to keep a partition with macosx
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2004 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

soujirou wrote:
so will there be any drivers for airport extreme or ati 9600/9700 etc. ? for PPC....


There seem to be some development efforts on the AE drivers that pop up from time to time - I haven't heard anything on the gfx card issue, so it looks like that's going to be a good bit farther down the road.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2004 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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soujirou wrote:
so will there be any drivers for airport extreme or ati 9600/9700 etc. ? for PPC....


There seem to be some development efforts on the AE drivers that pop up from time to time - I haven't heard anything on the gfx card issue, so it looks like that's going to be a good bit farther down the road.

drewmanto: that is oooone creepy avatar.


Good to hear that atleast some development is going on. Ill happy if i do not have to waste the pcmcia slot on an extra wificard.

As for the ATI drivers, i would love to see ATI get off there collective arses and help out the community.

As far as my avatar is concerned clockwork orange is not for the faint of heart :)
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2004 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AE drivers without specs (just loading/unloading the module is possible... :-( ).

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=198706

I'm going to buy a 'normal' wifi pcmcia card...

I'm also waiting for ATI drivers - but as long as ATI is so 'OS-unfriendly' I don't have much hope... But maybe there will be some Xorg open-source drivers someday :roll:


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 28, 2004 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so hum, its only the ati 9200card that have 3dsupport in ppc ?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2004 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nope also the 9600 (the one i'm using)...

got with glxgears 140 fps, not great bet descent :p
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2004 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SeJo, I think soujirou meant3d hardware acceleration, which I don't think is available for the ATI 9600. I have one too, with the config mentionned in the subject of this thread, but I only get 84 FPS with glxgears. With 3d hardware acceleration, there would probably be around 20 times more frames...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2004 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it is worthy to add to this howto, that the "Preemptible Kernel" option for the 2.6.x kernel should ALWAYS be disabled - event if it seems to work fine. Look at this thread:

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=228693

Preemptible seems to work good for the first time, but it may break important system libraries (gcc, glibc, libstdc++-v3, etc.) - and if this happens it is diffcult to get out of the troubles!

On my Powerbook it caused "Segmentation faults" while compiling big packages - i blamed the hardware (RAM, heat...). After disabling the PREEMPT option everything worked fine again!

A while ago there was a warning while emerging development-sources on PPC to disable the PREEMPT option - in the newer versions, I guess, there is no warning (is this right?).

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2004 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update:

Sleep works now on Powerbook G4 Alu!

See this instructions:
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=243169

Things are getting better and better!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 12:00 pm    Post subject: Alubook Modem Reply with quote

No internal modem on Alubook 15" I'm afraid...

This thread on debian-ppc indicates that what I thought was the internal modem (Vendor=05ac, ProdID=8203) is in fact the Bluetooth adapter.

http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2004/11/msg00162.html

The internal motorola soft-modem on the alubook isn't actually on the USB bus at all! Which means the Linuxant drivers definitely won't work.

bah :(
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2004 1:17 am    Post subject: system light? Reply with quote

so i've got gentoo successfully installed on my 15" g4 powerbook! thanks a lot for the howto, it was very helpful. now, it seems as though the light that normally blinks when the pb is asleep is being used as a system light or something? it seems to be blinking whenever the computer is "thinking" at its brightest intensity. is anyone else experiencing this? does anyone know how to turn it off? it's mad annoying. thanks again for the howto and everyone's help!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2004 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's being used as the disk activity indicator.

In your kernel config:
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#CONFIG_BLK_DEV_IDE_PMAC_BLINK


Commenting this option out will turn the disk activity LED off - so you can get some sleep while Gnome/KDE compiles...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 5:54 pm    Post subject: Works Great Reply with quote

I combined the Gentoo PPC handbook with your PowerBook tutorials and have successfully setup my iBook2 G3 12" (700MHz/256MB/20GB) with wireless (airport/11mbit), onboard lan (sungem), sound (pmac) - alsa + alsa-oss, xorg-x11 (generic ati-drm/dri), dvd/cdrw, etc. This tutorial works on an iBook if anyone didn't know. In a few days I will post my configuration for my iBook on a subsection on my web site. It really helped a lot, thanks a bunch!

With Xmodmap, what would you recommend for a iBook g3 12"? I am using the IBM thinkpad (english) modmap and it works perfectly (minus apple modkeys). Only problem is backspace. How do I go about fixing it from delete to backspace?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 3:12 pm    Post subject: Mouse button emulation Reply with quote

I just installed Gentoo on an PowerBook G3 that we had kicking around here. I stumbled across this how-to whilst trying to figure out how to make everything with a single button touchpad. Thanks for what you wrote, but I found a easier way to turn this on by default without the pain of an init.d script. Add the following line:

dev.mac_hid.mouse_button_emulation = 1

to the end of /etc/sysctl.conf, and /proc/sys/dev/mac_hid/mouse_button_emulation will be set to 1 on boot every time.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 3:26 pm    Post subject: Actually... Reply with quote

Yep! :)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could we add some details about what config options should be enabled for firewire-related goodness? I'm having a tough time getting an external drive connected (uses the Oxford 911 chipset, it's one of these no-name things).

I can see in my dmesg and lspci that the firewire adapter is recognised, but I'm obviously missing some stuff in my kernel config.

I'm using a 1st rev. PBG4 12", kernel 2.6.10.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This may help you:

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-173561-highlight-firewire+howto.html

It should also work with normal firewire HDs. Of course, do not emerge gtkpod ;-)

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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After partitionning the harddrive (I kept MacOS X on a 7 GB partition), you must create a bootstrap partition.


How did you keep OS X on the partition? I can't find any tool do resize journalled HFS+ file system. Do i have to backup my drive, repartition and move back OS X?
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How did you keep OS X on the partition? I can't find any tool do resize journalled HFS+ file system. Do i have to backup my drive, repartition and move back OS X?


If you merge "parted" it support HFS+ partition resizing... I tried it :D
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So let me conclude a little bit:

Right now, the stuff that doesnt work with Gentoo on PB are:
-Airport extreme (which just mean no wireless...)
-Key mapping could be weird...
-Video related stuff: TV-OUT, DVI-OUT, etc
-Modem

Is that it? Anyone thinks there are more problem with Gentoo on PB?
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