Gateway 2000 Solo 3350 - Linux setup page.

Solo 3350 running gnome/xfree86, gimp with some script-fu on screen
Solo 3350 running Gnome/XFree86, gimp with some script-fu on screen:

Welcome! While I can't make any guarantees, I had good success with setting up Linux (Slackware 7.1 2.2.18) on my (actually my depts.) sweet Gateway Solo 3350 laptop/notebook. This thing weighs almost nothing! While none of this is rocket science, use the info on this page at your own risk.

This page is by no means comprehensive, I cover the biggies: X windows, sound, networking. I've given up, for now, on getting the built-in ESS "soft/win" modem to work. I plan to use an old pcmcia modem card I have hanging around. But I've had good luck with other components (X, sound, nic) so far.

If you have more information, or a web page on Linux and the Gateway Solo 3350, I'd be happy to provide the links or info here.

Basic Specs
Installing Linux
Getting XFree86 to work.
Getting the Network card to work.
Getting sound to work.

The Solo 3350 comes with the following hardware:

Installing Linux:

This is how I installed Linux (Slackware7.1, 2.2.18), if you have more patience and a utility like Partition Magic you can shrink the MS partition instead of reinstalling it.

Getting XFree86 to work.

I use the XF86_SVGA server with XFree86 3.3.6. Newer versions should work just fine.
The chipset is ATI's Rage Molbility w/AGP but when I used the XF86_Mach* server, X came up, but the screen was severely choppy.

Using XF86_SVGA I get a very nice res of 1024x768 at pixel depths of 8,16,24,32.
I prefer: startx -- -bpp 16 (But it's nice to be able to do 32 bpp for graphics work.)
Here's a copy of my XF86Config file for the Solo 3350.
With this config I get crystal clear 1024x768 at pixel depths of 8,16,24,or 32. While it works well for me on the Solo 3350, use at your own risk.

Getting the Network card to work.

When I re-complied the 2.2.18 kernel, there was direct support for the builtin 3com 3c905c nic chipset. Works like a charm.
Also my slackware net.i boot disk recognized the card. I'm sure other distros have support for this widely used chipset.

Getting sound to work.

To make a long story short, here's the steps I took to get the ESS maestro3 sound working:

If you find this information useful, don't be shy to drop me an email to let me know.
To send comments or updated information about Linux on the Solo 3350, contact me at:
(Take out '_NOBULK_', to send.)

Good Luck.