Installing kubuntu Edgy Eft (6.10) on Compaq Presario V3029AU 


 

Introduction 

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 laptop specifications:

  • Processor type:
    AMD Turion 64 X2 Processor TL-50
    1.60 GHz, Level 2 cache 256 KB + 256 KB 
  • Operating system installed:
    FreeDOS
  • Standard memory:
    512 MB
  • Memory layout:
    (1 x 512 MB)
  • Internal hard disk drive:
    80 GB
  • Hard disk drive speed:
    5400 rpm
  • Optical drive type:
    Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support
  • Modem:
    High speed 56K modem
  • Network interface:
    10/100 LAN Ethernet integrated
  • Expansion slots:
    One ExpressCard/54 slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
  • Display size:
    14.1'' WXGA High Definition BrightView Widescreen Display
  • Display resolution:
    1280 x 800
  • Video adapter
    NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150
  • Speakers and microphone:
    Altec Lansing speakers, Dual omni-directional microphones
  • Pointing device
    Touch Pad with dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down pad
  • Keyboard:
    Full-sized Keyboard
  • External I/O ports:
  • 1 VGA,
    • 3 USB 2.0 ports,
    • 1 IEEE-1394,
    • 1 RJ-11,
    • 1 RJ -45,
    • S-video TV out,
    • 1 headphone-out,
    • 1 microphone-in,
    • 1 Expansion Port 3 connector,
    • AC Adapter,
    • 2 Omni - directional microphones

Installation:

First Try (Mandriva 2007) 

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. 

 

Second Try (OpenSUSE 10.1)

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!


 Final try (Kubuntu 6.10)

After doing some Googling, I cam to know that only 5 popular GNU/Linux distros support x86_64 architecture;

  • Fedora Core,
  • Debian,
  • Mandriva,
  • (K/X/Ed)ubuntu,
  • SUSE Linux

 

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.

Things that worked out of the box:

  • Audio,
  • Network (LAN),
  • BlueTooth,
  • SD-Card Reader,
  • Laptop special keys

Things that worked with TLC (Tender Loving Care):

  • Display (after sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx),
  • full resolution of 1280x800,

Things that never worked (for me):

  • Wireless LAN,
  • Microphone. (not needed for my purposes)

UPDATE (Head-phone out):

    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 :
options snd-hda-intel index=0 disable_msi=1

Software:

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.

Conclusions:

 Kubuntu, is a great distro for Newbies (like me). 

  

My Favorite Links: 

 HOME

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Linux-laptops

Kubuntu Tweaks

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