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I recently accepted a position with the security group at my university, and as such, am strongly inclined to move from my lifelong WindowsXP/NT experience to a linux platform, basically to protect the group correspondence that I'll be archiving on my laptop. (Windows XP/NT is victim to a couple of rather nasty programs that will kill the .SAM file, and reset the admin password. Not cool.)
Anyway, so the other student assistant in the group recommended Ubuntu, being the most 'human' of the mainstream linux distros. The problem is, when I attempt to install/boot from LiveCD, I run into problems with Ubuntu trying to load several 'bcm43xx' firmware/driver files. After these problems, the installation ceases.
I've gathered that these are the Broadcom 802.11 drivers, and I've found some nice workarounds and third-party downloads for these online, the problem is, I can't install Ubuntu in the first place to install them!
So, I'm wondering what my best option would be. I'm thinking perhaps downloading the source, somehow adding the firmware/drivers into it, and then compiling a brand new .iso. Frankly, if there's an easier way, I'd like to know about it.
I'm downloading the Fedora Core 6 as we speak, there as another thread where a gentleman had a great deal of success with FC5 on his dv6000z, so I thought I'd give that a shot.
(Windows XP/NT is victim to a couple of rather nasty programs that will kill the .SAM file, and reset the admin password. Not cool.)
Well, I myself consider Core 6 to be only the 2nd choise of the two; if you can't install Ubuntu using the regular Desktop/Install-CD, try using the Alternate install cd (or DVD, if you're using). It provides you more choices during the setup and a text-based install in case you run in trouble with graphics. I'm pretty confident your problem would be solved using that, since then you wouldn't necessarily have to load the drivers (the Live-CD/Desktop-CD loads them unless you force it not to, and I'm not sure if that's easier than using the alternate install cd), thus getting around the problem. Give it a try. Ubuntu is Debian-based, so it's pretty stable (my own experience: it's stabler than Fedora Cores are, at least). It's also a bit easier than Fedora, since Fedora tends to install massive amounts of software straight out of the box -- Ubuntu aims at installing one piece of software per one need, so it eases up the start a bit; yet everything is out there using apt, the package manager, so it's not a bad choice (in the contrary, actually).
Installing Ubuntu on HP DV6000 series notebooks...
Using the Ubuntu 8.04 Live CD I could install it without any problems. Just the trick was:
1- I use a Motorola Surfboard Wireless Cable modem, so in order no to get problems with wireless devices, etc, I just connect to the Internet using the Ethernet cable (USB works too) while setup was taking place.
2.- Right after the installation finished, I try to check what drivers were restricted (System > Administration > Hardware Drivers), then appears the drivers the notebook needs to install.
3.- Selected the drivers (NVidia and Broadcom Wireless) by enabling them, start the downloading and finishing the installation of both, devices were working. I just restart the notebook and I that's all.
I think many "newtuxers" like me, migrated from Windows XP and Vista will find a little difficult to get "drivers" or the installation crashes. I tested several ways to install Ubuntu and the best that works for me was the connection to Internet while setup process is taking place.
By the way, excuse my English... I live in Mexico City, but I hope I can give you a tip on this matter.
So, I need now to solve a problem: why the screen stills black after a while you don't use the notebook, I mean, after locking the screen. I heard it's due to a bug... any clue on?
xtreegold.. Wow I haven't seen that program or heard it referenced in ages. Interesting moniker.
For Laptop Issues I always direct people to two places to start.. linux on laptops and tux mobile. Search through the how to's to find your laptop model then see if they have resolved the issue you are having with specific hardware..