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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 9:45 pm    Post subject: State of support for Powerbook 17" 5,9? Reply with quote

I have been a long time Gentoo user on the PC side, then I got a powerbook. I tried Gentoo about a year ago on my Powerbook 17" HR, but then pretty much nothing worked.

Tried it a couple more times since then, without much success (airport, pbbuttonsd, sound, 3d acceleration plus a few others not working).

I have seen that many of those things seem to have been resolved by looking on these forums, however I am wondering what the current state of support on this final generation Powerbook is under Gentoo.

Does it work well enough with all hardware supported to make it a primary OS?

What I really care about is Wireless Networking, Sound, 3D Acceleration (not to the point that I could play UT2004 and the like, but so that I could run XGL and other simmilar utilities and small games), pbbuttonsd to let me adjust my screen brightness, keyboard brightness, speaker volume and the likes.

Is it something that I should try it again, or is it just not there yet?

As a reminder, all of my x86 and x86-64 desktops all run Gentoo, so I know how everything works and that stability is determined by the packages that are installed.
I just want to see if it is "good enough" to work withouth constant hand holding around every turn.

Thank you all in advance.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually have this machine. :)

Airport: Works if you have no other APs around, but doesn't work very well otherwise due to issues with TX power (4318 chipset). If for some reason, you have a 4306 card (possible but not likely) it should work fine at 11M.

pbbuttonsd: Works fine here, Suspend-to-ram, keyboard brightness, etc. The only issue "out of the box" is when using synaptics, the mouse doesn't count for input events, the author is working on it.

sound: Works great with snd-aoa, use a 2.6.18 kernel or emerge snd-aoa

3d Acceleration: Works pretty well, I can use blender fine and can play Tremulous at the LCD's native resolution. :)

Really, the only major issue left is the 4318 TX Power issues. I'm working on it, but the fixes definitely won't make it into 2.6.18.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In somewhat simplistic terms, does that mean that the Synaptics driver works for pointing and single button press but additional functions such as multi-finger tapping and mouse button emulation are not working?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2006 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No. I use multi-finger tap right now (2 fingers for right click, 3 for middle). The only issue with Synaptics is that pbbuttonsd doesn't always get the events to count towards preventing sleep. So you have to hit a key on the keyboard once in a while. No big deal and it's somewhat fixed in newer pbbuttonsd releases.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2006 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, that is okay then. Guess this weekend I get to give it another go. crossing every finger and toe and hoping for the best.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JoseX, I have one more question for you regarding this system.

Does the Powerbook 5,9 support USB booting?
I tried installing and then using Option at boot to list all bootable drives, and the USB source was not listed.

I have been attempting to get this to work for some time, (first with Gentoo as the USB OS, second as OS X as the USB OS).

I have done this (substituting OS X with Windows though) under x86 with no real issues due to a simple BIOS setting.

Is there some setting that I must put into OpenFirmware to get USB booting enabled on this system or is it just out of the question at the moment?

I do know that Firewire drives boot just fine, however all that I had at my disposal right now is a USB 3.5" Enclosure and a few spare hard disks.

Thanks for the help.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nevermind the former post, I got everything working now...

That is except for one thing.

I had read previously that one could enable multifinger tapping on these forums a few months ago, but since then the xorg.conf file has been pulled down and needless to say my memory is not good enough to remember what the option was to set single finger tap, dual finger tap and tripple finger tap.

JoseX, or someone else, would you mind posting how to enable multifinger tapping?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Code:

        Option "TapButton2"            "3"
        Option "TapButton3"            "2"


This adds support for tapping for the right button with two fingers and middle button with 3. Add this to the Synaptics device section.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much for your assistance.

Gentoo is finally able to be used as the primary operating system on my notebook.

I have XGL working, 3D Acceleration working, sound working, mouse working... 
When I am home I can use wireless networking with WPA thanks to WPA Supplicant.

The only thing now is to make it so that wireless networks are a little less finicky.
While it would be nice to use wireless at work, I do have a desk with a wired connection.
Congrats.
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