Subject: Re: Install problems on Sony VAIO PCG-GR300



On Wed, 2002-03-27 at 20:55, Chip Marshall wrote:
> On March 27, 2002, Joe Clarke sent me the following:
> > You're not going to be happy with this, but I bought a GR-370, and ended
> > up getting rid of it since I never did get things working very well. I
> > was able to install 4.5-RELEASE, -stable, and -current on the laptop
> > (4.4-REL does _not_ work). I was not able to get sound working at all.
> > I could only get X working on -stable, but it may work on -current now.
> >
> > I first installed on the whole disk. Then, I blew everything away, and
> > restored just the C: drive from the Sony disks. After that, I installed
> > FreeBSD on the remaining partition. I used the Standard boot manager
> > selection. The laptop booted, and was pretty fast, but I wanted sound
> > for my DVDs.
> >
> > If you think the boot sector might be corrupt, try an fdisk /mbr from a
> > boot diskette. You can also use sysinstall from the install floppy to
> > set the XP partition to be active.
>
> Hmm... this is unhappy news. I did manage to get it to dual-boot WinXP
> and FreeBSD 4.5-R. It turned out I didn't set an active partition (big
> duh.) I'm compiling X 4.2.0 now. I tried the OpenSound drivers
> briefly, but they didn't seem to be happy, so I plan to look into it
> more later.

The best luck I had was -CURRENT with the

options PCI_ENABLE_IO_MODES

and PnP BIOS disabled.

>
> What sort of X problems were you having? I thought the Rage Mobility
> was pretty well supported.

I had no problems under 4.5. Under -CURRENT, the laptop locked up.
This may be better now as it was about ...

a month ago I had these
problems. In any event, good luck.

Joe

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