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xorg 1.6

The easiest way to get the server work is to remove the Decive sections from the xorg.conf.

My mouse still had some problems with using the wheel. I needed some time to figure out that there was an .Xmodmap file causing this effect – therefore you can delete it.

For getting the touchpad work you need to install the driver x11-drivers/xf86-input-synaptics. Copy the the .fdi to /etc/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/. ANd that’s it.

The update to this version also solved my problem with hibernating my notebook. Since the update i had no x11 freeze.

gentoo 2007.0

Due to my problem with libiconv i had the idea of installing a new gentoo linux on my notebook using another partition. And so did.
During installation i mentioned some differences to the old installation process. Fortunately the installation docs are still up-to-date and therefore this is a good guide for your installation.

The major differences are:

  • There is just a stage-3 installation mentioned in the docs, but on the mirrors there are still stage-1 and stage-2 tarballs available.

installation von gentoo auf meinem x20

Gentoo 2007.x (2.6.20-gentoo-r7) on Samsung x20 V


in short:

Hardware Status
Intel Centrino Mobile Works
15" SXGA Display Works
Intel 915GM (128MB Shared Memory) PCI Express Works
RAM (1024 MB) Works
Broadcom BCM4401 On Board Ethernet Controller (10/100) Works
Intel Pro/Wireless 2200BG Works
DVD/R works
Sound Works

still to do:

  • using graphic acceleration


  • Modem
  • Cardreader
  • Firewire


In General

For installation follow the instructions in gentoo handbook. I selected the stage1 installation.But i think that it would be necessary to compile the kernel on your own.


See my attached config file for details. Currently these features i included in my kernel:
  • wlan
  • bluetooth
  • alsa
  • acpi

Sound (alsa)

  1. append ‘ALSA_CARD="intel8x0"’ to /etc/make.conf
  2. emerge alsa-driver
  3. emerge alsa-utils (you have re-emerge this package after each kernel-build!!!)
  4. unmute your card by ‘alsamixer’ or ‘alsamixergui’




Get the driver from http://dri.freedesktop.org/snapshots/(common-…).Install it. Thats all.


To use the max. resolution (1400×1050) you have to emerge the package 855resolution. Add it to the runlevels you want.

my xorg.conf (parts of it)

Section "Device"

Identifier "Card0"
Driver "i810"
VendorName "Intel Corp."
BoardName "Unknown Board"
BusID "PCI:0:2:0"


Section "dri"

Mode 0666


# …
Section "Screen"

Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Card0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"

Viewport 0 0
Depth 16
Modes "1400×1050"

SubSection "Display"

Viewport 0 0
Depth 24
Modes "1400×1050"




This is a quite strange thing. Using an old kernel and one of the xorg 7.x version i had opengl working with hardware support. Unfortunately now it does not work.
But i’m still interested in getting it work again. If i did, this paragraph will get more valuable content.



You have to compile the Broadcom driver during kernel setup. Either use a module or compile it into the kernel (as i did).All i can say: It simply works.While Running the gentoo boot-cd the driver is detected correctly.


I used the kernel-module (see above).


Simply follow the instructions at gentoo.org for powermanagement. Except acpi everything works great, but this is a known problem for linux.


Most of the acpi features are working. See my config for details. I use the hibernate-script from portage-tree. The only problem i had was, that the cpufreqd must be stopped within the script. Otherwise my screen was blank after power on again.

Hardwareinfo in detail

Output of lspci:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM/GMS/910GML Express Processor to DRAM Controller (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev d3)
00:1e.2 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC’97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1e.3 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC’97 Modem Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
02:05.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
02:07.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection (rev 05)
02:09.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev b3)
02:09.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C552 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 08)
02:09.2 Class 0805: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 17)
02:09.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 08)

Output of cat /proc/cpuinfo:

processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 13
model name : Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.60GHz
stepping : 8
cpu MHz : 1600.000
cache size : 2048 KB
fdiv_bug : no
hlt_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 2
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss tm pbe nx up est tm2
bogomips : 3194.00
clflush size : 64

Output of cpufreq-info:

cpufrequtils 002: cpufreq-info (C) Dominik Brodowski 2004-2006
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analysiere CPU 0:
Treiber: acpi-cpufreq
Folgende CPUs können nur gleichzeitig ihre Frequenz variieren: 0
Hardwarebedingte Grenzen der Taktfrequenz: 800 MHz – 1.60 GHz
mögliche Taktfrequenzen: 1.60 GHz, 1.33 GHz, 1.07 GHz, 800 MHz
mögliche Regler: conservative, ondemand, powersave, userspace, performance
momentane Taktik: die Frequenz soll innerhalb 800 MHz und 1.60 GHz.
liegen. Der Regler "performance" kann frei entscheiden,
welche Taktfrequenz innerhalb dieser Grenze verwendet wird.
momentane Taktfrequenz ist 1.60 GHz (verifiziert durch Nachfrage bei der Hardware).


Auf diesen Seiten geht es rund um ‘meine’ Distribution. Neben den Infos wie ich Gentoo auf meinen Rechner installiert habe, ist das hier auch der richtige Abschnitt, um andere Anmerkungen und Anleitungen abzulegen.