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Installing Gentoo Linux on Dell Inspiron 9300

Last updated: 06-21-2005

I recently got my new Laptop, the Dell Inspiron 9300. Since I already had Gentoo on my old Inspirion 8000 and on my homeserver, I decided to install it as well on my new one. For gaming purposes I still have Windows XP installed, but for everything else I want to use Gentoo. So far I've managed to get everything I need up and running. There are still some unresolved issues with the hardware I don't regularly use (Bluetooth, SD-Card, IEEE1394). I plan on resolving this as soon as I get a device that uses these interfaces.

Hardware Components
Pentium M Processor 750 , 1.86 GHz
No special procedure required during installation.
17'' WUXGA TFT Display
Works with modified xorg.conf
256MB NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Go
Needed actual Nvidia drivers (nvidia-glx, nvidia-kernel
1024MB 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2x512)
No special procedure required during installation
100GB (5,400 rpm) Hard Drive
No special procedure required during installation
8X DVD+/-RW Drive
Works out of the Box with no UDMA - see below
Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base
Just include the driver in the kernel
Internal 56k Modem Don't know Haven't checked it, but it should work
Intel ProWireless 2200 802.11b/g Mini PCI Wireless
ipw2200 needed, wpa_supplicant for WPA
Sound system
with alsa-tools
53 WHr Lithium-Ion Battery
No special procedure required during installation
Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth 2.0 Don't know yet

seems to work, haven't checked it yet

ACPI Power Management Seems to work

seems to work, haven't checked it yet

This laptop is operating under Kernel version 2.6.11 r11

Basic Installation of Gentoo Linux 2005.0:
Setting up additional features for Gentoo Linux
Unresolved issues
More Specific Information.
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