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Installing Gentoo/AMD64 on Compaq Presario R4000

Last updated: 10 August 2005

General Hardware Specifications of Compaq R4000:

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Status under Linux
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AMD Athlon(TM) 64 4000+ (2.4GHz/1MB l2 Cache) Works Pass no_timer_check to kernel at boot time, or the clock runs at 2x. This is a problem only when processor is being used in 64-bit mode, which is what we're doing here.
15.4" WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280x800) Display Works No special procedure required during installation
128MB ATI RADEON(R) XPRESS 200M w/Hypermemory(TM) Works partially Download proprietary ATI Linux driver. Convert to tar.gz using rpm2targz, then unpack using "tar xzf fglrx64_6_8_0-8.13.6-1.x86_64.rpm -C /". Use the included tool fglrxconfig to generate an xorg.conf, but add a modeline for 1280x800: Modeline "1280x800" 85.7 1280 1360 1496 1712 800 801 804 835 I have 1280x800 resolution working no trouble, but don't have direct rendering. This isn't something I need, so I haven't looked into it at all. I'm sure it could be made to work.
2.0GB DDR SDRAM (2x1024MB) Works No special procedure required during installation
80 GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive Works Enable CONFIG_BLK_DEV_ATIIXP when you compile the kernel to support the IXP chipset and have DMA working.
DVD+/-RW/R & CD-RW Combo w/Double Layer Support Reading works
Writing Unknown
No special procedure required during installation. Haven't tried burning anything yet.
Touchpad Works No special procedure required during installation
6-in-1 Media Reader Unknown Haven't tried.
1394 (Firewire) Port Unknown Haven't tried.
PCMCIA Slot Unknown Haven't tried.
Integrated Network Card Unknown Haven't tried.
Internal 56k Modem Unknown Haven't tried.
54g(TM) Integ. Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN & Bluetooth Works Ndiswrapper with 64-bit Broadcom proprietary Windows driver. Don't forget to enable wireless suppport in the kernel. Ndiswrapper was masked so I downloaded and installed it from source.
12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery Works No special procedure required during installation
Integrated Sound Card Works

Enable ALSA and CONFIG_SND_ATIIXP=y when you compile the kernel to support the integrated IXP soundcard.

This laptop is operating under Kernel version 2.6.12-gentoo-r6-default

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