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From: Will Briggs <will@××××××××××××××××××.au>
To: gentoo-laptop@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-laptop] Introduction & Inspiron 6400
Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2006 02:22:01
1 G'day all,
3 Having been a gentoo user for a number of years now I have recently
4 installed onto a Dell Inspiron 6400 and am now experiencing the
5 adrenalin rush of gettin wireless and other laptoppy things (fglrx for
6 the X1400 etc.) up and running. So... my first post to gentoo-laptop.
8 I have now reached the point of the basics working, but coping with some
9 minor annoyances - those sort of things that usually take hours of
10 googling etc. resulting in a 30 second fix. So having googled for hours
11 I'm wondering if people can give me the simple advice on the following:
13 1) The ksynaptics "syndock" applet tells me that "You need at least
14 driver version 0.14.4" but I have that:
16 emerge -pv synaptics...
17 [ebuild R ] x11-drivers/synaptics-0.14.5-r1 USE="-dlloader" 0 kB
19 Before I bugs.g.o this have I missed something obvious?
21 2) I'm having intermittent problems with the Intel Pro 3945ABG wireless.
22 Under windows the connection to my access point is solid as a rock.
23 Under gentoo the network occassionally hangs - Restarting the card
24 sometimes fixes it, restarting the access point sometimes fixes it. I'm
25 currently exploring to make sure that it is the wireless and not
26 something else (NFS or something else higher up) that is hanging. An
27 interesting little quirk is that under windows the little "wifi" LED
28 light is on solid, under linux it's on sometimes solid, sometimes
29 quivering - might be indicative or something. Interested in others
30 experience here though.
32 My set up for the wireless works but seems a little messy - I'm
33 wondering if people can reccomend improvements:
35 portage has ipw3945 ipw3945d ipw3945-ucode which provides the kernel
36 level stuff (and provides eth1 I guess). ipw3945d is run at init.
37 net.eth1 is not in init but instead runs from ifplugd so that I don't
38 get hangs etc. on boot when I'm not at home.
39 /etc/conf.d/net sets eth1 to be dhcp and loads wpa_supplicant as a module
40 wpa_supplicant has ssid and keys and stuff in config and works - by the
41 time I login on console the network is up.
42 kwifimanager then runs when I get into KDE
44 Thoughts?
46 Next things to do are to work on cpu stepping, bluetooth,
47 hibernation/standby stuff and things like that. Ain't it fun?
49 Regards,
51 Will.
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