Gateway MX3225

This is about putting Debian 'lenny' on the Gateway MX3225


Sound is rather straight forward. Get alsa setup and going.

Find the external speaker and turn it off to enable the local speakers.


This is a S3 card - I don't think it has GL support.

X fails to auto config properly. you will need to edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

You will need to add HorizSync and VertRefresh to the monitor section

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Generic Monitor"
Option "DPMS"
HorizSync 28-51
VertRefresh 43-60

The screen section resolution was detected wrong also - it should be like this:

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "Generic Video Card"
Monitor "Generic Monitor"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x768" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

You will also want to add the SHMconfig to the touchpad section so you can run gsynaptics or ksynaptics (need notes here).

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"
Driver "synaptics"
Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "HorizScrollDelta" "0"
Option "SHMconfig" "true"

I'm still getting a xorg error that I don't understand:

AIGLX screen 0 is not DRI capable


The MX3225 has a Realtex rtl8185 card in it. Realtek sadly fails to see what an open source driver could do for them and their driver isn't very not as easy to use as the IBM ones you simply drop into /lib/firmware.

After wasting too much time, I simply replaced the wifi card with one from IBM (2915) But it appears to work. The IBM wifi cards need some firmware droped into /lib/firmware.

Add to /etc/network/interfaces

iface ethx inet dhcp
auto ethx

Where x = the correct number.


Looks like you need to install kwlan, wpagui wpasupplicant

I need more information on this.

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