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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 2:31 am    Post subject: Sony Viao Laptop installation Reply with quote

Howdy,

I searched the forum but didn't find quite what I was looking for.

I'm would like to install Gentoo on this Sony Viao laptop I have but there is no cdrom or floppy; it will not boot from usb, pxe, or anything else I could think of. I did however remove the harddrive and I have many different machines to put it in but how do I install the base system when the hardware is different? Any help to put me on the right path would be great!!!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 3:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Sony Viao Laptop installation Reply with quote

chappel77 wrote:
I did however remove the harddrive and I have many different machines to put it in but how do I install the base system when the hardware is different?

The only hardware that really matters for this type of installation is the CPU. The system you are building on must be the same or better than the laptop.

For example :
If your VAIO laptop has a pentium3 and your other machine has a pentium4 or an athlon-xp, then everything will work fine. Just use pentium3 settings in your /etc/make.conf .
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe searching the forums for "Vaio" instead of persistently calling that thing a Viao would yield better results? :P Which model do you have?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 4:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Sony Viao Reply with quote

The model number of the laptop is PCG-Z505JS. I have another Sony Viao which is also a P3. If I understand the post I can replace the harddrive into the laptop with the cdrom install gentoo with kernal mods for the other and when I return the harddrive things should be fine?!? As long as my make.conf reflects P3 arch. Thanks for the reply
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, it's a VAIO, alright? V-A-I-O. Not Viao. :roll: Pretty one, too, I've got a much older Japanese 505 inside the same type of casing, and a guy two offices from mine still uses a Z600 as his main laptop. You've probably seen this already, but I suggest getting a few ideas about the hardware from this Linux on the Z505H/J series guide. Maybe you could use any old USB floppy to get a network installation going? If you insist on installing to the harddisk while it sits in a different PC, I'd personally slam a stage3 (generic x86 or Pentium 3) on it and be done with it. You'll get plenty of opportunity for tweaking all the half-broken stuff inside that thing later on... :)
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 1:06 am    Post subject: F2 to set bios to boot from USB floppy Reply with quote

I've done it repeatedly with exactly your unit. It works fine for initiating a network installation.
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