I have split this page into two part: one for Mandriva and one for Gentoo.
Part One : Mandriva
Wednesday 30 March 2005
Dual boot: Windows XP Home and Mandrake linux Cooker (aka Mandrakelinux Limited Edition 2005)
Just a quick post for now. May enhance later. I wanted a dual boot system, with the original windows OS (I use Linux for the 85% of the time spent on computing, so I don’t care about sucking on a windows reinstall… :-)).
I have used the mini installation CD of Mandrakelinux 10.2rc2 Mandrakelinux-10.2rc2-Mini.i586.iso
The 80GB disk had three partitions: ~80MB for DELL utilities, ~77GB for XP home, ~3GB for a hidden partition, I suppose, for drivers.
I have resized the windows partition to 10GB and I wiped out the hidden partition. Before I have saved a disk image with ghost for unix.
The installation process (started with the alt0 option – kernel 2.6.11-6) don’t find a correct module for SATA Intel controller (82801FBM), so it cannot find any disk to use/format. After some googling I have found a tip: force the installation to load the module ata_piix.
The sound system don’t work on first boot. The alsa driver probe a snd-intel8x0 module, but don’t make any sound. Check the file permission on /dev/dsp and make sure that “External Amplifier” on the mixer is enabled (with kmix or alsamixer).
The NVIDIA closed-source driver don’t work with the kernel-source-stripped RPM but if you install the full kernel-source package and the NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-7174-pkg1.run all works fine.
– USB works out of the box.
– ACPI works out of the box.
– FireWire works out of the box (tested with external HD box).
– WiFi works too.
Note: sometimes the Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG cause problems, like this error into dmesg
ipw2200: Firmware error detected. Restarting.
You can try to fix putting this line into /etc/modprobe.d/ipw2200 file:
options ipw2200 hwcrypto=0
then reload the driver or reboot your system […]:
modprobe -r ipw2200
modprobe ipw2200 hwcrypto=0
– Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (the SD card reader)
We need to wait a next kernel release for this driver. If you wish, you can patch the kernel following the project from this URL
Some config files…
Update on system freeze: sometimes this laptop with Linux will freeze. This is a know problem, due to the cdrom/dvd firmware. Is available around internet an unofficial firmware patch, but a risk free solution will be to leave always the cdrom/dvd loaded with some media. Usually the system freeze happen when the cdrom/dvd reader is empty.
The next page is focused on gentoo installation…