I have recently acquired a Toshiba Satellite X200-20S laptop. Whilst it shipped with Windows Vista it was never my intention to run it as the primary OS. The primary OS for this machine will be Gentoo Linux.
This is my first post in what might be a series of configuration notes for the aforementioned setup.
First of all I will say this is a very nice (and high spec) laptop. The screen (1680x1050) is stunning compared to the one on my old Acer Aspire 1355LC.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 @ 2GHz, FSB 800MHz, 4MB L2 Cache
WIFI: Intel Wireless Link 4965AGN
CHIPSET: Intel PM965
RAM: 2GB DDR2 667MHz [4GB Max Capacity]
OPTICAL DRIVE: HD-DVD ROM, DVD-RW
SCREEN: 17.1" Toshiba TruBrite WSXGA+ 1680x1050
GFX: Nvidia 8700M GT, 512MB Dedicated VRAM 16x PCI Express Bus
SOUND: Intel HD Audio, Harman Kardon Speakers
OTHER: HDMI & VGA Out, Bluetooth, IEEE1394, RJ45, RJ11, 6in1 Card Reader, Expresscard Slot + even more.
Note: *Arch keyword for all x86-64 compatible aritectures is amd64.
To get Gentoo to install I used a 2007.0 (*amd64) livecd to boot the system. I used "gentoo nox" as a boot paramter as the livecd didn't like the gfxcard. The installation was carried out by hand as the graphical installer refused to work.
I used the second hard disk, /dev/sdb for my linux paritions. The first hard disk, /dev/sda, has the intel turbo memory and it made sense to leave this for vista to use since its supposed to be able to use it.
The T7300 is a 65nm, standard voltage memrom Core 2 Duo CPU.
Safe Cflags (GCC 4.2**)
CFLAGS="-march=prescott -O2 -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer"
CFLAGS="-march=nocona -O2 -pipe"
**Note: GCC 4.3 has -march=core2 support but Gentoo currently only supports GCC 4.2.
The 2007.0 live cd does not support the wireless chipset. I carried out my install using the wired connection.
The installation process is pretty similar to any other until the kernel compilation. I have a bootable kernel but nothing that is optimised as of yet. I might save that for next time.
Laptop boots, framebuffer has been disabled do to a driver conflict when exiting/reloading xorg (ie when logging out of gnome). Xorg is working and gdm/gnome load and operate fine. The wifi is working after some hassle.