Linpus Linux preinstalled on Acer Aspire laptops - SOLVED /mainly -with Ubuntu 7.10/
Sunday, September 27, 2009 1:18:05 PM
I am just waiting for delivery of Acer Aspire 5310, and searching web for info about compatibility, to prepare yourself for exploring/or installing another OS/. When I tried it at a first glance at Win-Win store, there is prompt output telling me that I am logged as root at localhost. I cannot start GUI with command startx, so it can be there is no GUI at all, although that Taiwanese /Fedora-based/ distro use KDE by default. Cannot find any screenshot till now. Linpus`s new site is just under construction yet. They sell two versions - 1 for desktop, 2. as Media Centre system /with option to download for free/. At some forum posts I see that is not the same in all cases with Linpus on Acer`s. Linpus with GUI video - http://www.metacafe.com/watch/885449/voip_linux_linpus_linux_lite/ It is possible to download it with GUI /KDE/ - Marketing recovery CD at download section on linpus.com. For those who are not logged /as root/ I found this: Password for preinstalled Linpus Linux v9.2 OS. Problem: at the first systemstart a username and a password is required. Solution: enter in command prompt /console on black screen/ this: Username: root Password: 111111 /hit Enter, of course/ CAUTION /from some French site: Attention the 1 should not be to type with the digital keyboard but the setting in capital letter and the key quantify with the top of the letters/ Suppose if you type: whoami - it will tell you: root and if you want to logout you can type: logout or ... shutdown -h now or to restart: shutdown -r now if you don`t want to explore system /Google is your best friend especially google.com/linux/ PS - Still searching. Intend to widen this post with more helpful facts. [/URL]Installing GUI with console command For those who wants Linpus linux Lite Live CD or other versions download link: http://linpus.com/ Here is HW compatibility review link for Acer Aspire 5310: http://hardware4linux.info/system/1608/ If you type lspci -n in console /bash/ and copy - paste on Debian HCL site http://kmuto.jp/debian/hcl/index.cgi ,you will aquire complete HCL of yours HW - and here is mine /Acer Aspire 5310/
Linpus linux comes only in non-graphical mode /Seems it is semi-open or semi-proprietary/ - must be downloaded from www.linpus.com or www.linpus.com.tw - both are broken links according to OpenDNS results /Seems that Linpus have not wide and good language support and is based on SELinux/.
Download software page - http://linpus.com/
Added: According to THIS
LINPUS LINUX LITE is NOT FREE AT ALL (just TRIAL version)!
After some exploring I found that is no use to count on Linpus on Acer. It can be useful only for review of HW list for a further exploring of HW compatibility in Linux. After that, must install Lin from some GNU/Linux Live CD. Knoppix, Ubuntu or Slax...
For those who wants to install Linpus iso on hard drive here is german/english tutorial link:
http://www.pilotennetz.de/computing/tutorials/linpus_linux_lite_harddrive_install/ (JUST TRIAL, not FREE, see link added above!)
Useful link for making sound work at Acer laptop:
snd-hda-intel configuration here -
or maybe this: ¨in - /etc/modprobe.conf - putting a code line:
options snd-hda-intel model=acer ¨ - not worked 4 me /avoid all of that, not to loose time - RESOLVED on 2nd way - see bellow marked green/
or this: create a
file /etc/modprobe.d/sound - containing:
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel index=0 probe_mask=3 position_fix=3
On hardware4linux I saw that is Alsa 1.0.15 needed.
For those who don`t want to hack Feisty 7.04, Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 Ubuntu release will solve HW compatibility drivers /for sound - Alsa sound system for Realtek chipset, maybe for wireless/. To resolve problems maybe it will be enough to upgrade system/distro.
ADDED 11th January: Tutorials preparing laptop 4 K/X/Ubuntu install - http://www.linlap.com/wiki/ubuntu+kubuntu+xubuntu+guides
ADDED on 14th October at 21.15:
Yesterday installed Ubunty Feisty Fawn 7.04 on my new lap. No sound. Must upgrade soon to Gutsy 7.10 to solve sound probs.
added on 14th November - 2 days ago upgrade to Gutsy. Looks great, but resolve only screen resolution /now existed in drop-down list/
Still need newer Alsa = 1.0.15 /or to try to find patch for Alsa 1.0.14/ /not needed!/
FOR WINDOWS LOVERS - HOW TO REMOVE LINPUS AND INSTALL WINDOWS - http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=101&threadID=242662&messageID=2349168
Linpus System Requirements:
- CPU: Pentium 4 or above
- RAM: 512 MB
- Hard Disk Space: 10GB or more
Add 18th Nov - After doing System-Administration-Network-Wired connection-Properties-Enable roaming: my cable modem Scientific Atlanta Webstar and Broadcom NetLink BCM5787M Gigabit Ethernet controller works! Caution: Avoid USB cable modems - not for newbies! /too complicated/
Added 19th Nov. - bash script to automate compiling alsa 1.0.15 in Ubuntu /to solve sound probs for HDA-intel-sound/ - /looks great, but I will try 2. way.../
or without scripts there is How-to http://lastkth-en.blogspot.com/2007/11/upgrade-alsa-ubuntu-gutsy-update.html
For finding HCL of Atheros wireless chipset
AND maybe works this one /for Aspire 5315/: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=3695648&postcount=6 Intend to explore after resolve sound probs.
NOTE: Madwifi is not enough, so avoid for now, only ndiswrapper and proprietary Windows driver works! /Not yet 4 me!/ Addon: Madwifi works OOB with Karmic Koala (9.10)!
ADDED 22nd Nov: HAVE A SOUND! sudo apt-get linux-backports-modules-generic- THAT SAVE ME! /AND THIS ALSO/
That helps me to solve sound: /reading carefully, from post #23 and further.../
Now, output of console comand:
~$ cat /proc/asound/card0/codec#* | grep Codec
Codec: Realtek ALC268
Codec: Conexant ID 2c06
Mike Oldfield - Islands
pretty usable /my next exploring task/- /mainly wireless/
http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=3589861&postcount=1 - 4 other acer models...
http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=3701446&postcount=11- Aspire 5315 related
Jimi Hendrix - Woodoo Chile
Worth to look if you want enable Connexant dial-up modem to work - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-users/2008-December/169692.html
ADDED: 8.12.07. /my next tasks/
Atheros AR5006EG wireless controller - Seems possible to work according madwifi users:
http://madwifi.org/wiki/Compatibility/Atheros#AtherosAR5006EG - not working yet 4 me- maybe next version? correction: It can, but I am not tested yet at some hot-spot. And in fact that is recognized as AR5006EG, but this is AR5007EG!
Somewhere I saw that works only with ndiswrapper with windows driver for that controller /something like - better performance than with madwifi, which works only partially.../ - still exploring...
So, I find this: http://www.uluga.ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=4017059&postcount=6
ADDED: 19th May '08.
Complete tutorial for Atheros chipset with madwifi
Added: 7.1.2010. 4 ALL ATHEROS VARIANTS - http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=798485&highlight=atheros+madwifi
Since Ubuntu 8.10 Atheros WiFi should work straight out-of-the-box! (Supose 4 freshinstall)
Atheros how2 4 64-bit Ubuntu - http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=816780&highlight=atheros+madwifi
Added: 30th August '08
Solve touchpad madness link - http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=4309328&postcount=35
A couple of months ago my hdd died after less than 2 years of usage due to numerous power loss - breakage, but I use Maryan Linux Live CD (Ubuntu derivative with E17) and sound works OOB, but older Ubu Live CD distros /Feisty and Gutsy have no working sound/ - Hardy not tested, but Maryan Linux Avicennia 1 Live CD is based on Hardy Herron.
Added: WI-FI WORKS OOB with Ubuntu 9.10 based SuperOS Live CD! (and led light is blinking)
Madwifi drivers included - no need for ndiswrapper (usage of windows drivers).
Added on 17th December 2010: I saved almost all of my old hdd data.
After installing new hdd at the end of summer, Acer is powered with new Ubuntu 10.4 LTS, SuperOS repositories added and everything works extremely well OOB!