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Korean Ian
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 11:14 am    Post subject: How Many Fully Working Gentoo Notebooks... Reply with quote

Hi Everyone,

Soon I was thinking about purchasing a notebook with which to use Gentoo Linux on. I was curious as to how many browsers of this forum have built a succesful working Gentoo on a notebook.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a Dell Latitude C840 that I have every piece of hardware working on, including the "Winmodem".
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thinkpad 600e with every piece of hardware working, including the modem. I've even got it dual booting Win98.

If you're looking to find out about linux-laptop, I'd recommend going to http://www.linux-laptop.net/. Great resource.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Old Dell Inspiron 4100 with everything working flawlessly (but the winmodem, that I think might work, but I don' need it so I never bothered).
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm running it on a dell inspiron 8200
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want everything to work, the only thing to stay away from these days are Centrino-based notebooks. There's no Linux support for the built-in mini-PCI wireless device.

Perfectly supported down to the last piece of hardware by now: my old Vaio.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got everything working on my Vobis 15M9D... except for Firewire and the internal modem... didn't need them till now and didn't test and install drivers for it... :-)

i'm surprised about the graphics driver... the FireGL-drivers produce less glitches in games than the win-xp driver delivered with the laptop... :-/
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got an IPC Startnote M15 with everything working (except the winmodem which is almost working), I've even got dualhead mode working. Its based on a SIS630/700/900 chipset so anything based on that chipset (which is a lot of the low end laptops) should work...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fujitsu P-2040

Everything works great (except I haven't bothered to try the modem). There is something with the ALi chipset that causes it to hang on boot with the 2.4 kernels but there is a patch out there for it. The 2.5 kernels take care of it.

I love it. It's about 3 pounds, has a CD-RW/DVD combo drive and it gets about 4 hours on battery with constant use. The drive is removable and you can put another battery in its place. Fujitsu claims 10 hours of battery with the addition of the second one and though I've never tried it I believe them--they've been very good about accurately advertising everything else. Another cool thing is that the LCD has a 15:9 ratio.

I use it for normal day to day stuff--email, web browsing, playing music and also several scientific applications. The only thing it fails at is gaming.

Hope this helps,
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toshiba Sattelite pro 4600 everything works great now.. except irda (as far as I know) and never tried modem.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Toshiba Satellite 1400-S151 and a Satellite 1800-S256. It took awhile, but by searching the forums, I got everything working correctly (I have not tested the modems). After overcoming the learning curve of an initial setup, I don't think installing gentoo on a laptop is that bad. I've honestly had a worse time getting things working the way I want them to in Red Hat and Mandrake on these laptops.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dell Inspiron 8200 working almost fine, except :
1. the MiniPCI WiFi card isn't supported ( Broadcom BCM4301 based ).
2. I never tried to get the winmodem to work.
3. Suspend to Disk ( I'll try software suspend, with kernel 2.5.72. As soon as I can get my Netgear MA401 PCMCIA wireless card to work with the development kernel. It works fine with 2.4.20, but not 2.5.72 )
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I set Gentoo up on an Acer Travelmate 225XC and it works perfectly -- though I haven't tried the internal modem or nic.

On an older HP OmniBook 2100, I didn't get the sound working right away and at the moment, I just can't be bothered to work it out. In other words: I'm quite happy with my laptop not squeaking all the time. :-)
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IBM Thinkpad T23, CD-RW/DVD, 14 inches. Everything that I've bothered to test works -- even the internal modem.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Sony VAIO PCG-FXA59 here. All the hardware works great.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have set up 3 IBM ThinkPad A22p with everything working: Screen (1600x1400), Modem, PCMCIA, CDRW, Sound, Network, IBM ThinkPad button, etc...

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have an old graphite iBook running gentoo PPC. the install was painless and everything on it works (i haven't ever bothered doing anything with the modem but others seem to have gotten it working without trouble).
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a fairly old Thinkpad 770X. Everything works perfectly. Even have a lovely bootsplash/framebuffer background! As a few other posters have mentioned, Thinkpads work very well under Linux.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Older Dell CPx-J 650 Mhz P III. Everything works even DRI if I use the mach64 drivers from retinalburn. Waiting for those to be ported to 2.5 :-)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got an IBM R31. Everything works except the ThinkPad buttons. And I've never tried to get those working so no idea if they do or not.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dell Inspiron 8100...great learning experience, everything works great! (including my muvo).
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2003 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Acer TravelMate 200T.

Everything is working much better than with Red Hat though I haven't bothered to test the modem. The touchpad is working great now with the Synaptics driver.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2003 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gentoo runs great on my Dell Latitude CSx 500.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2003 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Works pretty good on my Gateway Solo 51XX. Fonts are always botched up on the login manager but it's not a gentoo specific problem. Distccd is your friend if you got another box you can offload some of the compile to.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2003 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an HP N5190 Pavilion dual-booting Windows and Linux. Everything is functional under Linux, with the exception of the WinModem.
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