OpenSolaris running on two dual core notebooks

Recently I had an oportunity to test OpenSolaris OS on two dual core notebooks. Namely Sony Vaio VGN-SZ1XP/C and Toshiba Tecra model M5. Both are equipped with Intel® Core™ Duo CPU. The dual core CPU works fine and appears in the OS as there are two independent CPUs. The installation of OpenSolaris OS on both machines was fluent, one limitation for somebody could be, that network card drivers are currently not supported in the installer, so potential network installation will be tricky. Also don't expect that everything e.g. like fingerprint reader or bluetooth will work now. However, the overall impression from both notebooks is good and all core peripherials are working in OpenSolaris.

Here is the summary of things, which were tested:

NotebookSony Vaio VGN-SZ1XP/CToshiba Tecra M5
CPU2 virtual cpus detected in the OS2 virtual cpus detected in the OS
Graphics card 2DOK with Xorg, see note belowOK with Xorg and driver from NVidia
External monitorOK using TwinViewOK using TwinView
Network cardOK using driver from http://www.marvell.com/OK using internal latest e1000g driver
TouchpadOKOK
DVD burningOKOK
USB stickOKOK

Note: There are two graphics card in the Vaio notebook: NVidia GeForce GO 7400 and Intel 945GM. The user can switch between them by a physical switch located above the keyboard labeled "stamina/speed" (reboot is needed after the change). NVidia card works with the binary driver from http://www.nvidia.com/ and Intel will be hopefully supported soon by internal Xorg's 810 driver, now one can use VESA driver, which works fine in 2D.

Comments:

The network card in Toshiba is not supported by the actual Nevada driver e1000g, but developer sent his latest one, he wants to putback it this months. Wifi card is the only interesting part of these notebooks which is not working now. It is Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG chipset based and another developer is working on support already.

Posted by Milan Jurik on srpen 02, 2006 at 07:41 dop. CEST #

Is Solaris 10 x86 expected to support upcoming (64-bit) Core 2 Duo notebooks in 64bit mode? And if it doesn't, when it may be?

Posted by I on srpen 02, 2006 at 08:54 dop. CEST #

Well, Solaris 10 supports x64, which includes both AMD64 from AMD and also EM64 specification from Intel. I would expect that the new Intel Core 2 Duo notebooks will work with our 64-bit kernel.

Posted by guest on srpen 02, 2006 at 02:38 odp. CEST #

If I remember well, there is small bug in S10, which prevents correct detection of Core 2 Duo CPU in 64 bit mode. Already fixed in OpenSolaris, it will be backported probably in some update of S10.

Posted by Milan Jurik on srpen 02, 2006 at 02:48 odp. CEST #

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