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6<guide link="/doc/en/mips-requirements.xml"> 6<guide link="/doc/en/mips-requirements.xml">
7 7
8<title>Gentoo/MIPS Linux Hardware Requirements</title> 8<title>Gentoo/MIPS Linux Hardware Requirements</title>
9 9
14<author title="Editor"> 14<author title="Editor">
15 <mail link="redhatter@gentoo.org">Stuart Longland</mail> 15 <mail link="redhatter@gentoo.org">Stuart Longland</mail>
16</author> 16</author>
17 17
18<abstract> 18<abstract>
19This document provides an overview of the status of various MIPS-based systems 19This document provides an overview of the status of various MIPS-based systems
20for installing Gentoo Linux. If you find errors or ommissions please email the 20for installing Gentoo Linux. If you find errors or omissions please email the
21maintainer or an editor. 21maintainer or an editor.
22</abstract> 22</abstract>
23 23
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34<section> 34<section>
35<title>System Requirements</title> 35<title>System Requirements</title>
36<body> 36<body>
37 37
38<p> 38<p>
39The exact requirements will largely depend on what you intend to use the machine 39The exact requirements will largely depend on what you intend to use the
40for and how you wish to go about installing Gentoo. The following table should 40machine for and how you wish to go about installing Gentoo. The following
41give you a rough idea. 41table should give you a rough idea.
42</p> 42</p>
43 43
44<table> 44<table>
45 <tr> 45 <tr>
46 <ti/> 46 <ti/>
63</table> 63</table>
64 64
65</body> 65</body>
66 66
67</section> 67</section>
68
69<section> 68<section>
70<title>A Note about serial consoles</title> 69<title>A Note about serial consoles</title>
71<body> 70<body>
72 71
73<p> 72<p>
118<ul> 117<ul>
119 <li> 118 <li>
120 <b>Processor Options (Stable):</b> 119 <b>Processor Options (Stable):</b>
121 <ul> 120 <ul>
122 <li> 121 <li>
123 <e>(on Indy and Challenge S)</e> 122 <e>(on Indy and Challenge S)</e> R4000, R4400, R4600, R5000
124 R4000, R4400, R4600, R5000
125 </li>
126 <li> 123 </li>
124 <li>
127 <e>(on Indigo 2)</e> 125 <e>(on Indigo 2)</e> R4000, R4400
128 R4000, R4400
129 </li> 126 </li>
130 </ul> 127 </ul>
131 </li> 128 </li>
132 <li> 129 <li>
133 <b>Kernel Support:</b> 130 <b>Kernel Support:</b>
153 </li> 150 </li>
154 <li> 151 <li>
155 <b>Notes:</b> 152 <b>Notes:</b>
156 <ol> 153 <ol>
157 <li> 154 <li>
158 At present, only the Newport (XL) graphics framebuffer is 155 At present, only the Newport (XL) graphics framebuffer is supported in
159 supported in Linux. Therefore on systems with other framebuffers, 156 Linux. Therefore on systems with other framebuffers, you will need to
160 you will need to use serial console. 157 use serial console.
161 </li> 158 </li>
162 <li> 159 <li>
163 The Challenge S has its RJ-45 connector on a daughter board (Mezz) 160 The Challenge S has its RJ-45 connector on a daughter board (Mezz)
164 linked with an unsupported SCSI adapter, a WD33C95A. In order for 161 linked with an unsupported SCSI adapter, a WD33C95A. In order for this
165 this network connector to function, this SCSI bus needs to be 162 network connector to function, this SCSI bus needs to be activated,
166 activated, however it is not yet supported by Linux. As a result 163 however it is not yet supported by Linux. As a result of this, the
167 of this, the Challenge S can only get network connectivity via its 164 Challenge S can only get network connectivity via its AUI connector.
168 AUI connector.
169 </li>
170 <li> 165 </li>
166 <li>
171 Indigo2 EISA Support is <e>highly</e> experimental. It isn't very 167 Indigo2 EISA Support is <e>highly</e> experimental. It isn't very well
172 well tested and may not work with all hardware. Hardware that it 168 tested and may not work with all hardware. Hardware that it is known
173 is known to function with is listed, and as more compatible 169 to function with is listed, and as more compatible hardware is
174 hardware is discovered, it will be added. Please note that 170 discovered, it will be added. Please note that hardware requiring DMA
175 hardware requiring DMA support is currently not functional. This 171 support is currently not functional. This includes EISA/ISA-based
176 includes EISA/ISA-based soundcards. EISA Video cards requiring an 172 soundcards. EISA Video cards requiring an x86-compatible BIOS are also
177 x86-compatible BIOS are also not functional. 173 not functional.
178 </li> 174 </li>
179 </ol> 175 </ol>
180 </li> 176 </li>
181</ul> 177</ul>
182 178
220 <li> 216 <li>
221 <b>Notes:</b> 217 <b>Notes:</b>
222 <ol> 218 <ol>
223 <li> 219 <li>
224 The O2 RM7000 Processor support is limited in Linux currently, as it 220 The O2 RM7000 Processor support is limited in Linux currently, as it
225 requires a fairly recent kernel version (&gt;2.6.7), and has several 221 requires a fairly recent kernel version (&gt;2.6.7), and has several
226 notable issues. The first issue is a problem with SCSI at the moment, 222 notable issues. The first issue is a problem with SCSI at the moment,
227 making the internal disks unusable at the current time. The Level 3 223 making the internal disks unusable at the current time. The Level 3
228 (Tertiary) Cache is also disabled due to there being no support for 224 (Tertiary) Cache is also disabled due to there being no support for
229 this cache in the linux kernel. 225 this cache in the linux kernel.
230 </li> 226 </li>
231 <li> 227 <li>
232 Please be aware that this note only applies to the official SGI RM7000 228 Please be aware that this note only applies to the official SGI RM7000
233 running at 350MHz, not the 600MHz RM7000 that can be assembed using an 229 running at 350MHz, not the 600MHz RM7000 that can be assembed using an
234 RM5200 board. These "modded" CPU modules for O2 systems are not 230 RM5200 board. These "modded" CPU modules for O2 systems are not
235 supported/tested, although, in theory, they should be functional, but 231 supported/tested, although, in theory, they should be functional, but
236 may suffer from the same problems listed above. 232 may suffer from the same problems listed above.
237 </li> 233 </li>
238 </ol> 234 </ol>
239 </li> 235 </li>
260<title>IP27: Origin 200 and 2000</title> 256<title>IP27: Origin 200 and 2000</title>
261<body> 257<body>
262 258
263<ul> 259<ul>
264 <li> 260 <li>
265 <b>Processor Options <e>(Experimental)</e>:</b> 261 <b>Processor Options <e>(Experimental)</e>:</b> R10000, R12000
266 R10000, R12000
267 </li> 262 </li>
268 <li> 263 <li>
269 <b>Kernel Support:</b> 264 <b>Kernel Support:</b>
270 <ul> 265 <ul>
271 <li>Linux 2.4: <e>Unsupported in Kernel</e></li> 266 <li>Linux 2.4: <e>Unsupported in Kernel</e></li>
295<title>IP28: Indigo 2 Impact (a.k.a Indigo 2 R10k)</title> 290<title>IP28: Indigo 2 Impact (a.k.a Indigo 2 R10k)</title>
296<body> 291<body>
297 292
298<ul> 293<ul>
299 <li> 294 <li>
300 <b>Processor Options <e>(Experimental)</e>:</b> 295 <b>Processor Options <e>(Experimental)</e>:</b> R10000
301 R10000
302 </li> 296 </li>
303 <li> 297 <li>
304 <b>Kernel Support:</b> 298 <b>Kernel Support:</b>
305 <ul> 299 <ul>
306 <li>Linux 2.4: <e>Experimental</e></li> 300 <li>Linux 2.4: <e>Experimental</e></li>
324 </li> 318 </li>
325 <li> 319 <li>
326 <b>Notes:</b> 320 <b>Notes:</b>
327 <ol> 321 <ol>
328 <li> 322 <li>
329 IP28 Indigo2 Impact support (classified as an Indigo2 system w/ an 323 IP28 Indigo2 Impact support (classified as an Indigo2 system w/ an
330 R10000 Processor) is <e>very experimental</e>. Most of the work is 324 R10000 Processor) is <e>very experimental</e>. Most of the work is
331 currently being done by Peter Fuerst who maintains patches on his 325 currently being done by Peter Fuerst who maintains patches on his <uri
332 <uri link="http://home.alphastar.de/fuerst/download.html">website</uri>. 326 link="http://home.alphastar.de/fuerst/download.html">website</uri>.
333 This kernel is <e>NOT</e> intended for stable, day-to-day use. The 327 This kernel is <e>NOT</e> intended for stable, day-to-day use. The
334 Indigo2 IP28 system suffers from an issue known as <e>Speculative 328 Indigo2 IP28 system suffers from an issue known as <e>Speculative
335 Execution</e>, a feature of the R10000 Processor that is problematic on 329 Execution</e>, a feature of the R10000 Processor that is problematic on
336 machines that are <e>Non Cache Coherent</e>, such as the IP28 Indigo2 330 machines that are <e>Non Cache Coherent</e>, such as the IP28 Indigo2
337 and on R10000/R12000-based IP32 O2 systems. Details on the nature of 331 and on R10000/R12000-based IP32 O2 systems. Details on the nature of
338 Speculative Execution, and the issues it poses to the Indigo2 can be 332 Speculative Execution, and the issues it poses to the Indigo2 can be
339 found at the following URLs: 333 found at the following URLs:
340
341 <ul> 334 <ul>
342 <li> 335 <li>
343 MIPS R10000 Microprocessor User's Manual (See <e>PDF Pages 51-55</e>) 336 MIPS R10000 Microprocessor User's Manual (See <e>PDF Pages
337 51-55</e>)
344 <uri>http://techpubs.sgi.com/library/manuals/2000/007-2490-001/pdf/007-2490-001.pdf</uri> 338 <uri>http://techpubs.sgi.com/library/manuals/2000/007-2490-001/pdf/007-2490-001.pdf</uri>
345 </li> 339 </li>
346 <li> 340 <li>
347 Post to NetBSD sgimips Mailing List on 29 Jun 2000 341 Post to NetBSD sgimips Mailing List on 29 Jun 2000
348 <uri>http://mail-index.netbsd.org/port-sgimips/2000/06/29/0006.html</uri> 342 <uri>http://mail-index.netbsd.org/port-sgimips/2000/06/29/0006.html</uri>
386 <li> 380 <li>
387 <b>Notes:</b> 381 <b>Notes:</b>
388 <ol> 382 <ol>
389 <li> 383 <li>
390 Octane support in Linux should be regarded as experimental. Support for 384 Octane support in Linux should be regarded as experimental. Support for
391 this particular machine from SGI has been progressing quite well and 385 this particular machine from SGI has been progressing quite well and
392 the Linux kernel functions reasonably well. The current status for this 386 the Linux kernel functions reasonably well. The current status for this
393 system may be found on 387 system may be found on <uri
394 <uri link="http://helios.et.put.poznan.pl/~sskowron/ip30/">Stanislaw Skowronek's page</uri>. 388 link="http://helios.et.put.poznan.pl/~sskowron/ip30/">Stanislaw
395 Wider support in Gentoo for this system will be available in the future, 389 Skowronek's page</uri>. Wider support in Gentoo for this system will
396 so watch this space closely for more details. 390 be available in the future, so watch this space closely for more
391 details.
397 </li> 392 </li>
398 <li> 393 <li>
399 The serial ports on the Octane currently only support 9600 baud rate, 394 The serial ports on the Octane currently only support 9600 baud rate,
400 8-bits, no parity, 1 stop bit. Other baud rates do not currently work 395 8-bits, no parity, 1 stop bit. Other baud rates do not currently work
401 at present. 396 at present.
495</table> 490</table>
496 491
497<note> 492<note>
498(1) Work has begun on porting the ImpactSR to the Indigo2 Impact (IP28) 493(1) Work has begun on porting the ImpactSR to the Indigo2 Impact (IP28)
499workstation. At the moment, it's early days, and the driver is not functional 494workstation. At the moment, it's early days, and the driver is not functional
500yet, but this may change in the comming months.<br/> 495yet, but this may change in the coming months.<br/>
501Likewise with Extreme graphics... a few people were starting to look into 496Likewise with Extreme graphics... a few people were starting to look into
502writing drivers for this chipset. Nothing has been released yet, but we may see 497writing drivers for this chipset. Nothing has been released yet, but we may
503something in the not too distant future.<br/> 498see something in the not too distant future.<br/>
504We will update this page if such a driver is released. 499We will update this page if such a driver is released.
505</note> 500</note>
506 501
507</body> 502</body>
508</section> 503</section>

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