New fuzzy overlord! Mystic is much quieter and much more playful than Moira was. Adpoted her from Lost Our Home in Tempe back in December.

Wow. Been forever. Anyway… I got a new Lenovo E595 laptop after some misadventures in delivery. Getting it working with Gentoo is a little more involved than I expected it to be. It’s a relatively new machine, and the older kernel on the latest Gentoo live installation medium is not capable of running its graphics card properly. This isn’t really covered very well in a lot of the things I found, and I had to piece together the proper steps from a number of disconnected web pages. No search engine seems to be capable of giving installation instructions if you search “Linux Lenovo E595″–thanks marketers and spammers. Maybe this’ll get some attention.

The most problematic part of the E595 is the Vega Picasso graphics card. This is a relatively new thing and requires firmware to run in anything but text mode. So, emerge linux-firmware or install whatever your distro uses as its firmware package. I had to compile the amdgpu module directly into the kernel, and build the “picasso” firmware files directly into the kernel as well. This is the config.gz that I used for vanilla 5.1.10.

Sound is slightly strange. The default output is not sane, and attempting to play/mpg123 anything resulted in segfaults. I had to put this into /etc/asound.conf , and then audio worked perfectly:

defaults.pcm.!card Generic_1
defaults.pcm.!device 0

YMMV if you’re trying to use pulseaudio. Why would you do something like that, anyway?

Booting: Turn Secure Boot off, then install and use rEFInd.

Also note that the wireless card for this uses the r8822be module, and that module is in “staging”, so it may not be obvious where to look for the darn thing. Despite being in staging, the module has worked fine for me so far. Wired Ethernet, USB, keyboard, and mouse are all fine as-is. Now I just have to wait for KDE to finish building, and things should be just fine.