Thursday, May 24, 2007

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn & Acer Aspire 5572 ZWXMi

This HOWTO was listed at
TuxMobil - Linux on Laptops, Notebooks, PDAs and Mobile Phones (Now replaced by: Fedora 9.)

I recently couldn't resist in buying a notebook... To be precise, it's an "Acer Aspire 5572 ZWXMi". It came with Windows Vista Home Premium preinstalled. I played a bit with Vista and then decided to install Windows XP. That was easy and no fun at all. So I went for Linux and installed Ubuntu Feisty Fawn.
OK, now first things first!

The hardware of this Acer Aspire is rather common for notebooks:
  • Intel Pentium dual-core (T2060) @ 1.6 GHz
  • 1024 MB RAM
  • Integrated Graphics Intel 945GM
  • Intel 82801G (ICH7 family) high definition audio
  • Broadcom BCM 4318 WLAN
  • Texas Instruments integrated 5 in 1 card reader
  • 160 GB harddrive
Right away: everything works with Feisty (even suspend-to-RAM/suspend-to-disk!) - at least as far as I know: I don't use the card reader nor the integrated modem. I guess the former may work, the latter maybe won't.

But now for installing Ubuntu 7.04!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

BIOS "F6" for GA-M55S-S3

Already available since March 20th, I just recently decided to update my Gigabyte motherboard "GA-M55S-S3 (rev 1.0)" with the latest BIOS, which is by the time of writing version "F6". And - HURRAY, HURRAY - I don't need to boot Linux with the "noapic" kernel option anymore!! The guys from Gigabyte finally fixed it! So, to everybody who owns the same motherboard I'd recommend updating your BIOS to the latest version. Get the BIOS files from here and follow the instructions from this Gigabyte help page. Good luck!