In July 2000 I got a Gateway Solo 3350 with:
Here are some of the reports from /proc:
==> cpuinfo <== processor : 0 vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 6 model : 8 model name : Pentium III (Coppermine) stepping : 10 cpu MHz : 696.984 cache size : 256 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 sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 mmx fxsr sse bogomips : 1389.36 ==> dma <== 4: cascade ==> meminfo <== total: used: free: shared: buffers: cached: Mem: 262459392 254242816 8216576 0 22462464 150933504 Swap: 254971904 14811136 240160768 MemTotal: 256308 kB MemFree: 8024 kB MemShared: 0 kB Buffers: 21936 kB Cached: 146488 kB SwapCached: 908 kB Active: 64192 kB Inactive: 139204 kB HighTotal: 0 kB HighFree: 0 kB LowTotal: 256308 kB LowFree: 8024 kB SwapTotal: 248996 kB SwapFree: 234532 kB ==> version <== Linux version 2.4.22 (jrv@talon) (gcc version 3.3.1 20030728 (Debian prerelease)) #2 Sat Sep 6 17:05:13 EDT 2003
Here is the IDE identification information for the hard disk:
talon:~# hdparm -I /dev/hda /dev/hda: ATA device, with non-removable media Model Number: TOSHIBA MK2016GAP Serial Number: 61H35997T Firmware Revision: U0.30 A Standards: Supported: 5 4 3 2 Likely used: 6 Configuration: Logical max current cylinders 16383 16383 heads 16 16 sectors/track 63 63 -- CHS current addressable sectors: 16514064 LBA user addressable sectors: 39070080 device size with M = 1024*1024: 19077 MBytes device size with M = 1000*1000: 20003 MBytes (20 GB) Capabilities: LBA, IORDY(can be disabled) bytes avail on r/w long: 46 Queue depth: 1 Standby timer values: spec'd by Vendor, with device specific minimum R/W multiple sector transfer: Max = 16 Current = 16 Advanced power management level: unknown setting (0x0080) DMA: sdma0 sdma1 sdma2 mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 *udma2 udma3 udma4 Cycle time: min=120ns recommended=120ns PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4 Cycle time: no flow control=120ns IORDY flow control=120ns Commands/features: Enabled Supported: * NOP cmd * READ BUFFER cmd * WRITE BUFFER cmd * Host Protected Area feature set * Look-ahead * Write cache * Power Management feature set Security Mode feature set * SMART feature set SET MAX security extension * Advanced Power Management feature set Security: Master password revision code = 65534 supported not enabled not locked not frozen not expired: security count not supported: enhanced erase 30min for SECURITY ERASE UNIT. HW reset results: CBLID- above Vih Device num = 0 determined by the jumper Checksum: correct
Here is what lspci reports on the PCI bus:
$ lspci 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (rev 03) 00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge (rev 03) 00:07.0 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02) 00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01) 00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01) 00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 03) 00:09.0 Multimedia audio controller: ESS Technology ES1988 Allegro-1 (rev 12) 00:09.1 Communication controller: ESS Technology ESS Modem (rev 12) 00:0a.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1410 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01) 00:0d.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c905C-TX/TX-M [Tornado] (rev 78) 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Rage Mobility P/M AGP 2x (rev 64)
In BIOS setup, I configured the machine to "suspend" when the display is closed. This makes for one less thing to think about when packing in a hurry - so I don't pull it out of my backpack two hours later and find it's been running (hot) all that time. It automatically comes out of suspension when the display is opened again.
I was confident I could get Linux installed, because I had already seen a report by Stefan Müller-Stach on the Gateway Solo 3100/3150.
Windows ME came installed in a single FAT32 partition. Under Windows, I selected start|settings|control panel|add & remove programs|system disk and created a boot floppy, then loaded FIPS version 2.0 onto it. I booted from that floppy and used FIPS to save a copy of the partition table then split the FAT32 partition into one of 15798 MB and a second of 3263 MB. Still under DOS, I ran c:SCANDISK which scanned the shortened c: disk and found no problems. I then booted Windows ME which came up normally.
I then booted the first Debian 2.1 installation CDROM and installed the base system. Eventually I realized I had left the FAT32 partition far too large, so I installed Partition Magic to shrink the FAT32 partition, then move and enlarge the ext2 partition. Here's how the disk is partitioned now:
talon:~# fdisk -l Disk /dev/hda: 20.0 GB, 20003880960 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2432 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/hda1 * 1 850 6827593+ b Win95 FAT32 /dev/hda2 851 881 249007+ 82 Linux swap /dev/hda3 882 2432 12458407+ 83 Linux
To use the built-in network adapter, the kernel must be configured for "3c590/3c900 series (592/595/597) "Vortex/Boomerang" support".
I have XFree86 4.2.1 installed. Here is the XF86Config-4, a boot log, and an xdpyinfo report.
Stefan Müller-Stach reported that he had not gotten the Winmodem to work under Linux, so I assumed I would use a PC Card modem instead. (Now I see Stefan Müller-Stach and a few others report getting their ESS Winmodems running under Linux, so I'll have to investigate that again.)
Unfortunately, I have never gotten the PC Card slot to work either - for any device. That's been my biggest disappointment. (The machine was out of warranty by the time I finally gave up on the PC Card slot.) Here's the current status:
I'm running a 2.4.22 kernel with pcmcia support compiled as modules. These modules are loaded:
talon:~ $ lsmod Module Size Used by Not tainted ds 6452 1 yenta_socket 9952 1 pcmcia_core 39616 0 [ds yenta_socket] acm 5760 0 (unused)
Here are the cardmgr options:
talon:~# grep -v ^# /etc/pcmcia/config.opts include port 0x100-0x4ff, port 0x800-0x8ff, port 0xc00-0xcff include memory 0xc0000-0xfffff include memory 0xa0000000-0xa0ffffff, memory 0x60000000-0x60ffffff include port 0xa00-0xaff exclude irq 4 exclude irq 7
If I restart it, I get these console messages:
talon:~# /etc/init.d/pcmcia restart Shutting down PCMCIA services: done. Starting PCMCIA services: using yenta_socket instead of i82365 cardmgr: watching 1 socket done.
and these log entries:
Dec 6 11:37:46 talon kernel: Socket status: 30000006 Dec 6 11:37:46 talon kernel: cs: IO port probe 0x0c00-0x0cff: clean. Dec 6 11:37:46 talon kernel: cs: IO port probe 0x0800-0x08ff: clean. Dec 6 11:37:46 talon kernel: cs: IO port probe 0x0100-0x04ff: excluding 0x170-0x177 0x370-0x37f 0x398-0x39f 0x4d0-0x4d7 Dec 6 11:37:46 talon kernel: cs: IO port probe 0x0a00-0x0aff: clean.
With no card inserted, cardctl reports:
talon:~# cardctl status Socket 0: no card talon:~# cardctl ident Socket 0: no product info available
Everything I have several PCMCIA cards. When I plug in an Olympus model
I have several PCMCIA cards. When I plug in an Olympus model MA-2E PC Card adaptor for SmartMedia cards (with an SM card plugged in), I get no beeps, but a log entry like this:
talon:~# tail /var/log/kern.log Dec 6 09:56:26 talon kernel: cs: socket cf831800 timed out during reset. Try increasing setup_delay.
While the SM adaptor is inserted, cardctl reports like this:
talon:~# cardctl status Socket 0: 5V 16-bit PC Card function 0: [busy] talon:~# cardctl ident Socket 0: no product info available
When I eject the SM adaptor, I get a single beep (high).
I get the "socket timed out" message when loading the ds module if the SM adaptor is already inserted (i.e. the message comes when the ds module is loaded or when a card is inserted, whichever is last).
The message comes from the function unreset_socket(), in the file drivers/pcmcia/cs.c, in the kernel sources. setup_delay is a command line option for pcmcia_core, and defaults to 5. Installing pcmcia_core manually with setup_delay=20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, or even 5000 doesn't help.
pcmcia_core has other adjustable parameters. I tried increasing several of them by up to a factor of 10:
...giving much longer delays, but the same log entry.
I also have a Megahertz modem card, model XJ1144. When I plug it in immediately after restarting cardmgr, I get this console message:
cs: memory probe 0xa0000000-0xa0ffffff:
The machine then freezes. There's no response to any key, and in X there's no cursor. After I eject the card, I get three beeps (mid <pause> low-high) and these log entries:
Dec 6 11:37:53 talon kernel: cs: memory probe 0xa0000000-0xa0ffffff: excluding 0xa0000000-0xa0ffffff Dec 6 11:37:53 talon kernel: cs: memory probe 0x60000000-0x60ffffff: excluding 0x60000000-0x60ffffff Dec 6 11:37:53 talon kernel: cs: warning: no high memory space available! Dec 6 11:37:53 talon kernel: cs: memory probe 0x0d0000-0x0dffff: excluding 0xd0000-0xdffff Dec 6 11:37:53 talon kernel: cs: memory probe 0x0c0000-0x0cffff: excluding 0xc0000-0xcffff
I also have a Linksys Ethernet card, model EC2T. When I plug it in, I get two beeps (mid-low), but no log entries. cardctl reports:
talon:~# cardctl status Socket 0: 5V 16-bit PC Card function 0: [ready], [wp] talon:~# cardctl ident Socket 0: no product info available
When I eject the Ethernet card, I get a single beep (high).
All these cards have worked in other machines.
In the mean time, I've been concentrating on the USB port instead. I have a USB adaptor for the SmartMedia cards from my digital camera, and a Zoom 2985L USB modem. Here are the relevant kernel config options:
CONFIG_USB=y CONFIG_USB_DEBUG=y CONFIG_USB_DEVICEFS=y CONFIG_USB_BANDWIDTH=y CONFIG_USB_EHCI_HCD=y CONFIG_USB_UHCI=y CONFIG_USB_OHCI=y CONFIG_USB_STORAGE=y CONFIG_USB_STORAGE_DEBUG=y CONFIG_USB_ACM=m CONFIG_USB_SCANNER=m CONFIG_SCSI=y CONFIG_BLK_DEV_IDESCSI=y
The last two are needed to access USB flash memory devices, because they're treated like SCSI disks.
The machine runs Linux reliably. However, I have gotten into the habit of looking for a paper clip before booting Windows, because it crashes so often and doesn't always obey the power switch.
(Recently, I read the suggestion of leaving 50 MB or so of unallocated space after the Windows partition, in case a Windows tool does not respect the partition boundary. That's probably a good idea, and all I need to do is shrink the swap partition a little. That might avoid some of the problems.)
It took me a while to figure out:
DISCLAIMER: There is no guarantee that the information on this page is accurate. I have no connection to Gateway other than as a customer. For official information, see the Gateway site, in particular the Solo 3350 specifications and system overview.
Last modified: 2003-11-30