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Zepto Znote 6214


I am writing this to the SL forum, hoping that it may come useful for someone. This page covers the installation of SL 3.3 on a Zepto Znote 6214[1].

Hardware setup

The Znote 6214 is delivered with this basic setup, which is possible to alter to your needs.

  • Centrino NAPA technology
  • Intel 945PM / ICH7-M chipset
  • 14" Crystal Clear WXGA screen with 1280x800 resolution
  • nVidia GeForce Go 7600, 512MB graphic card
  • DDRII dual channel
  • 4 x USB 2.0, 1 x FireWire and 1 x VGA out
  • 3in1 cardreader
  • Intel Pro Wireless LAN Mini PCI Express 3945 ABG
  • 100/1000 Megabit networkcard and 56K modem.
  • Sony Slot-in DVD-RW
  • Intel® Pentium™ M Yonah 1.66~2.33 GHz
  • Internal BlueTooth adapter

To fit my needs, the computer covered by this page, had this setup:

  • 14" Crystal Clear WXGA screen with 1280x800 resolution
  • nVidia GeForce Go 7600, 512MB graphic card
  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 2GHz FSB667 4MB CACHE BOXED Dual Core
  • Kingston 2 GB 800MHz PC6400 DDR2 SO-DIMM, Non-ECC CL5
  • Hitachi 2,5" 160GB S-ATA 5400RPM Travelstar 5K160, 8MB cache
  • Sony DVD +- R/RW dual layer, slot-in
  • Intel Pro Wireless LAN Mini PCI Express 11-54MBPs 3945ABG
  • Internal BlueTooth adapter
  • 7.1 Digital Surround card with S/PDIF out


The basic setup of this page, is imported from Nre999's page about his/her setup of SL on Dell 6400/e1505 None of this could have happened, if it wasn't for the SL developers, or the Gentoo developers. Thanks for your work guys! Respect!

Anyhow, I am pretty new to Gentoo, so I have been doing a lot of reading. I have found very useful information on these pages:

  • Gentoo on Laptops[2]
  • Sabayon Linux IRC channel (#Sabayon on irc.oftc.net)
  • Gentoo-Wiki[3]
  • Gentoo and Core2 processors[4]
  • Arch Linux[5]

System Information

LSPCI Output

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS/940GML and 945GT Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller IDE (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G70 [GeForce Go 7600] (rev a1)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Unknown device 8168 (rev 01)
05:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)
09:06.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments Unknown device 8039
09:06.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments Unknown device 803a
09:06.2 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments 5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD)
09:06.3 Class 0805: Texas Instruments Unknown device 803c


Installing SL 3.3 on the machine, seemed to be no problem at all. At first, the machine was booted with the live version, so that I could verify that everything critical worked as planned. AIGLX was chosen, and everyting looked very nice. Installation was commenced. After the installation procedure was finished, these results were found:

  • Screen: Seems like it does not run the correct resolution, the xorg log-file implies that it is running 1024x768 instead of 1280x800.
  • Sound: Sounds works find, need to adjust settings so that it is possible to adjust the volume.
  • Touchpad: Works out of the box.
  • WiFi: No problems what so ever.
  • Video: X.org with newest nVidia driver: Works out of the box.
    • KDE: Works well
    • Gnome/XFCE4 and other window managers: Not tested.
  • Card reader: Not tested
  • FireWire: Not tested

Well, to the specific adjustments for this laptop.

Firstly, I have done some research about emerge. It is a lot useful to read at these pages:
Emerge and Gentoo[6]

Then, I started the adjustments. I made sure that layman also was used, and also added the sunrise (need the pdfedit and flpsed).
echo "source /usr/portage/local/layman/make.conf" >> /etc/make.conf
emerge layman && dispatch-conf
layman -a sabayon && layman -f -a sunrise
emerge --sync && layman -S && emerge portage
glsa-check -f all (be adviced, this can seriously f*ck up your system, so if you do not know what you are doing, please do NOT follow this step)

After this my system is, as far as I can understand, completely updated and ready for the world. I also wanted to use kuroo for a graphical search for some games. Before running kuroo, it is recommended to backup some files.
mkdir /var/cache/kuroo && mkdir /var/cache/kuroo/backup
cp /etc/portage/package.keywords /var/cache/kuroo/backup/
cp /etc/portage/package.unmask /var/cache/kuroo/backup/
cp /etc/portage/package.mask /var/cache/kuroo/backup/
cp /etc/portage/package.use /var/cache/kuroo/backup/
cp /var/lib/portage/world /var/cache/kuroo/backup/
cp /etc/make.conf /var/cache/kuroo/backup/

Video Support

Seems like the widescreen and 1280x800 resolution is not supported by default.

I have made a modeline for xorg.conf which I have not yet tested:
Modeline "[email protected]" 83.91 1280 1312 1624 1656 800 816 824 841


Welll, since this laptop is supplied with a TV-out S-Video, it would be nice to have it working. This is not yet tested, only collected the information from another Gentoo wiki page.

We will need to edit the xorg.config file

# **********************************************************************
# Graphics device section
# **********************************************************************
# Any number of graphics device sections may be present
Section "Device"
   Identifier  "VESA"
   Driver      "nvidia" # do not remove vesa
   #Option "RenderAccel" "on"
   Option "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps"
   #Option "BusType" "PCI"
   #Option "ColorTiling" "on"
   #Option "EnablePageFlip" "on"
# TV Out Setup
   Option      "TVStandard" "PAL-B"
   Option      "TVOutFormat" "SVIDEO"
   Option      "TVOverScan" "0.6"
   Option      "ConnectedMonitor" "TV" # Add this if you're having problems

The Arch Wiki, also suggests twinview or dualscreen mode, which I currently have no information about.

TV-standards & Formats

The value of TVStandard should be adjusted to your region. It defaults to NTSC-M.

  • "PAL-B"  : used in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Guinea,
Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand,
Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
  • "PAL-D"  : used in China and North Korea.
  • "PAL-G"  : used in Australia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Malaysia,
The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
  • "PAL-H"  : used in Belgium.
  • "PAL-I"  : used in Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, South Africa.
  • "PAL-K1" : used in Guinea.
  • "PAL-M"  : used in Brazil.
  • "PAL-N"  : used in France, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
  • "PAL-NC" : used in Argentina.
  • "NTSC-J" : used in Japan.
  • "NTSC-M" : used in Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador,
Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, South Korea,
Taiwan, United States of America and Venezuela.

Valid entries for TVOutFormat are "SVIDEO" or "COMPOSITE". The driver will try to autodetect this value, but if it does not work fill it in manually.

You will likely have to tweak the TVOverScan option value to best suit your TV. Valid values range from 0.0 (no overscan) to 1.0 (overscan as much as possible). This helps to eliminate a black border from showing up around the picture on your TV. If you do run it to troubles with this, try marking out the overscan option in xorg.conf


keytouch-editor and keyTouch was emerged to my machine, so that I could fully use all my function keys. I have now succesfully made the mute working under SL, as soon as I have managed to get the volume adjustments to work properly also, I will post the keyTouch file here, so that also you will be able to enjoy it. In the meantime, you can: emerge keytouch. And you will also need to import the KMix plugin from keyTouch, if you are using KDE. To be updated soon!

Intel Pro Wireless 3945ABG

My wireless works out of the box, but this information could be useful if you do run into troubles?...

This information is duplicated here: ipw3945

Intel Pro Wireless support is a little trickier as there are many different websites out there that have a varying degree of difficulty in set-up for support of the ipw3945 - and most of the claim to work. The following instructions have worked, but please remember there are many paths to take in this, follow some of the links above and when all else fails consult the Gentoo Wiki [7].

  1. Remove the default ieee80211 stack installed in the kernel - it is not compatible with the ipw3945 driver
    /bin/sh /usr/portage/net-wireless/ieee80211/files/remove-old /usr/src/linux
  2. Emerge the ipw3945 firmware, driver and daemon (there are other options as well available - but check to see if you need them first, i.e. WPA support)
    emerge ipw3945d ipw3945-ucode ipw3945
  3. Load the module into the kernel
    modprobe ipw3945
  4. The little Wifi light should start flashing, if it doesn't try again. If the light flashes, check to make sure the system is recognizes it
  5. Add the regulatory deamon to start on boot
    rc-update add ipw3945d default

After this, use your favorite tool to configure for your access points and you should be golden. For more information visit the Gentoo Wiki[8].

Memory-card reader

It is implied that the card reader should work, after one have added the tifm_sd to the module section in rc.conf
This I have not yet tested.Some information is also available here:
Flash Media Module, BerliOS[9]
tifmxx, BerliOS[10]


It indicates that the bluetooth is started, when I activate bluetooth via the function kesy. But I have not yet tested it..


Do not have any possibility to test it. But have not found any error-messages regarding this topic either.

Useful information

This laptop is also listed on the tuxmobil.org[11] webpage, with a link to this page. Please consider adding your laptop to that site