Installing kubuntu Edgy Eft (6.10) on Compaq Presario V3029AU
This is my first laptop (Compaq Presario V3029AU). I am a big-fan of GNU/Linux. I have been using GNU/Linux for the past 3 years. Mandrake 9.2 was my first distribution and I loved it. I have been following newer releases of Mandriva (formerly Mandrake) all the way from 9.2, 10.1, 10.2, 2006 and 2007. Just discovered Kubuntu and loved it. Currently have Kubuntu on my laptop and Xubuntu (for a 128Mb RAM computer)...
My first try with Mandriva 2007 with the 3CD set downloaded from the web (free edition) went smooth but with error messages now and then saying that some packages cannot be installed because of some reason.
Although the installation went smooth, it did not configure many stuff like SD-Card Reader, Bluetooth Laptop Keyboards out of the box.
I painfully downloaded the 5CD set and burned them all. When I popped the 1st CD in and did a media check, it claimed that the CD has errors and aborted the installation. There goes my 5CD set to trash!
After doing some Googling, I cam to know that only 5 popular GNU/Linux distros support x86_64 architecture;
Fedora having GNOME by default (I prefer KDE), I did not give it a shot. By the "Principle of Exclusion" I tried Kubuntu. I downloaded to CD for amd64 architecture.
Installation went smooth and in ~6 click mouse clicks I was able to install Kubuntu.
Sound gave a little trouble. Apparently there a bug in ALSA (pre 1.0.13 versions) which cause trouble with the headphone jack. The 1.0.13 version fixes this problem though and can be downloaded from here.
Compile and install it. Create a "sound" file in the /etc/modprobe.d folder. Open this file and add :
As such multimedia (mp3, DVD) support is not there, but with third-party applications such as Automatix2, was able to install media-players such as VLC, MPlayer and Xine.
Still figuring out how to install Adobe Reader.
Kubuntu, is a great distro for Newbies (like me).
Last modified: Sunday December 17 15:33:34 IST 2006