Installing on a Gateway Laptop (450ROG)
Based on the short (few hours, split) bit of research ive done, y'all must get sick of everybody asking what they should install on what!
Ive got to say, I did poke around the forums a little (but im sure I couldve done more), and I did check the HCL's (but it seemed like those were more for going out and building a new desktop).
I have a Gateway 450ROG. After a bit of research, I found some information that may help you, help me, in my quest.
Based on that research, This is a link to my specs, which reads out as follows (I left a few components, like the modem, out. maybe n00bish, maybe not important...):
# Processor Supported: Intel® Pentium® M CPU
# Package: 593 pin micro-FCPGA2
# L2 cache: 1 MB with Advanced Transfer Architecture
# Chipset North Hub: Intel® 855PM MCH 593 Micro-FCBGA
# South Hub: Intel® 82801DBM 421 BGA (ICH-4)
# FSB 400Mhz
# System Memory Sockets: 2 SO-DIMM Sockets (Both User Accessible)
# DDR 200/266 MHz PC-2100 SDRAM
# 1 GB maximum
# Graphics Controller: ATI M9CSP64
* AGP 4X
* 2D hardware acceleration
* 3D rendering acceleration
* 64 MB memory
* TV-Out: S-video and composite jack
# Network Integrated 82540EM 10/100/1000
# Wireless (optional) Optional 802.11x Mini-PCI - Dual mode antenna (2.4Ghz / 5.2Ghz)
# BIOS Phoenix BIOS
# 512–KB Flash ROM
# SMBIOS 2.3 support
# Advanced Configuration and Power Interface 1.0b (ACPI 1.0b) support
# Advanced Power Management 1.2 (APM 1.2)
# Wired for Management 2.0 (WfM 2.0)
# Storage Supports up to Ultra DMA 100 and up to PIO mode 4
# Audio Sigmatel® Soft audio AC97 codec (STAC9752)
# Headphone-out, Mic-in, Line-In
# Keyboard Controller NS 97541L
# Super I/O Controller NS PC87393 LPC super I/O controller
# IEEE 1284 compliant parallel port
# PCMCIA Ricoh R5C554 controller
# Accepts two Type II or one Type III device
# IEEE1394 Integrated in Ricoh 5C554
# Single 4 pin connector
# I/O Ports Two USB 2.0 (4-pin)
# Ethernet (RJ-45)
# External monitor (VGA)
# S-Video TV out
# Stereo headphone output
# Analog audio line input (stereo)
Audio Output appears to use the AC97 driver, Graphics card reads as an ATI Mobility Radion 9000, Ethernet is an Intel PRO/VE 100, and Wireless is Intel/Pro Wireless 2200BG.
The laptops list was extremely short (Gateway wasnt even mentioned). I like the netbook concept but hate the tiny LCDs on 'em (plus limited HDD space, even with SDHC's and external drives...)
I do end user support for Mac(OS8.6-10.5) and Windows (98SE - Vista Business). I'm no way a dev in any form (otherwise I'd probably be using Debian).
I'm willing to try every single distro I can get my hands on, but a nudge in the best direction would get me really grateful.
One question I do have... I've got OEM install (not recovery) CDs, for testing purposes, would it be acceptable to use those discs, or (aside of licensing) is there a specific reason to use retail discs?
OSx86 10.5.8 Gateway 450RGH (ROG)
I have managed to get a running version of Leopard running by using the Kalyway 10.5.2 iso. I am using the anv/XnU kernel. I formatted drive wit GUID and isnstalled Chameleon v 2 EFI.
System boots up and I have sound, video and networking (I switched out my Intel 2200 B/G wireless for a broadcom BCM4318 from another lapotop)
Both Wired and Wireless work.
I then used the IPC 10.5.8 combo update iso to upgrade to 10.5.8
All is working (so far) but still getting some errors during boot. I wish I knew exactly which kext's to keep and which to get rid of.
I still cannot get the battery meter working and sleep is still a problem, but this should give us 450R users a place to start. :)