OpenSolaris running on two dual core notebooks
By vita78 on VIII 02, 2006
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:
|Notebook||Sony Vaio VGN-SZ1XP/C||Toshiba Tecra M5|
|CPU||2 virtual cpus detected in the OS||2 virtual cpus detected in the OS|
|Graphics card 2D||OK with Xorg, see note below||OK with Xorg and driver from NVidia|
|External monitor||OK using TwinView||OK using TwinView|
|Network card||OK using driver from http://www.marvell.com/||OK using internal latest e1000g driver|
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.