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Old 12-18-2007, 01:33 AM   #1
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Running Ubuntu 7.10 on Acer aspire 4520


I have purchased this new laptop and want to install Ubuntu 7.10 but unfortunately Gutsy does not detect my graphics card and runs at safe mode (800x600).Basic specs are:

# AMD Athlon 64 X2 Processor - TK-53 (1.7GHz, 512kB L2 Cache combined)
# Nvidia nForce 610M chipset
# Nvidia GeForce 7000M onboard graphics capable of up to 256MB VRAM (shared)
# 2GB DDR2 667MHz RAM
# 160GB 5400RPM 2.5-inch SATA HDD

I am currently (for time being) running Suse Enterprise linux Dektop(SLED)
which also runs at 65,000 colors which is pretty unimpressive.

Pls help.
 
Old 12-18-2007, 02:35 AM   #2
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Will the 7.10 disk boot into live mode?

GeForce 7xxx cards have support from the nv driver. If gutsy won't autodetect this, then you will have to edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf by hand. You will probably want to use the nvidia propietary drivers which come on the install disk ... use the restricted drivers mannager once you have a desktop.
 
Old 12-18-2007, 03:33 AM   #3
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Yes it does, albeit at a lower resolution.

The only DVD that I got from the retailer had applications for Vista, nothing for Linux or nVidia.
 
Old 12-18-2007, 07:50 AM   #4
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Yes it does, albeit at a lower resolution.
That's OK - you can fix the resolution... that,s just ubuntu playing it safe.

Once you are in the desktop, go to System > Configuration > Restricted Drivers Manager ... ask it to install the restricted driver for nvidia. (Unless you don't care about 3D effects?)

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The only DVD that I got from the retailer had applications for Vista, nothing for Linux or nVidia
You are installing Ubuntu from a round shiny thing that looks a lot like a DVD yes? Thats an old-tech device called a "Compact Disk". The restricted drivers manager will prompt you to insert it.

The retailer DVD makes a good coaster.
 
Old 12-19-2007, 03:10 AM   #5
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The DVD contains only Vista specific drivers & useless applications. BTW I checked this thread http://oedha.wordpress.com/2007/11/0...d-to-kill-me2/ & installed Gutsy (again) but after installation its getting struck up at splash screen.

Before sleeping, last night, I tried my hands at Fedora (2008 release) its too getting struck up right after GRUB. But in a long term I am looking only at Ubuntu.
 
Old 12-19-2007, 04:19 AM   #6
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The DVD contains only Vista specific drivers & useless applications.
He means the Ubuntu CD has the drivers.
 
Old 12-20-2007, 04:18 AM   #7
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The Bangalore Linux Users Group used to be really good, their main site is:
http://blug.in/index.php/Main_Page
... not been to Bangalore in 5 years though.

Basically, I cannot help you if you keep jumping around distros like that, instead of following instructions. So I am recommending that you contact your local LUG for support.
 
Old 12-20-2007, 11:43 PM   #8
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My idea is not to jump distros. But I have this laptop that can't connect & can't talk forget high resolution, compiz etc.I am pasting lspci:


00:00.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0547 (rev a2)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0548 (rev a2)
00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0542 (rev a2)
00:01.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0541 (rev a2)
00:01.3 Co-processor: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0543 (rev a2)
00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 055e (rev a2)
00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 055f (rev a2)
00:04.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 055e (rev a2)
00:04.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 055f (rev a2)
00:06.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0560 (rev a1)
00:07.0 Class 0403: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 055c (rev a1)
00:08.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0561 (rev a2)
00:09.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0550 (rev a2)
00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 054c (rev a2)
00:0c.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0563 (rev a2)
00:0e.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0563 (rev a2)
00:12.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0533 (rev a2)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:09.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd: Unknown device 0832 (rev 05)
01:09.1 Class 0805: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 22)
01:09.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd: Unknown device 0843 (rev 12)
01:09.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 12)
01:09.4 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev 12)
07:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc.: Unknown device 001c (rev 01)


I will be eternally thankful if you can just guide me as to how to configure my ethernet card to connect to internet.Rest will follow. I am on SLED.
 
Old 12-21-2007, 05:07 AM   #9
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Acer Aspire 4520 eh?
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...e-4520-608154/
... this is your thread on this subject.

lspci result is not encouraging. That laptop has a mess of proprietary-only components. Mostly nvidia. Starting with connectivity:

07:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc.: Unknown device 001c (rev 01)
... this is a wifi card - works with the madwifi driver.

00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 054c (rev a2)
... this is the ethernet nic - you could try the forcedeth driver
http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_nforce_1.11.html

AFAIK: these are available in openSUSE 10.3:

modprobe forcedeth
if no errors, show the result of ifconfig.
 
Old 12-21-2007, 05:42 AM   #10
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07:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc.: Unknown device 001c (rev 01)
... this is a wifi card - might work with the madwifi driver.
Acer and many other manufacturers has been using the 5007EG recently, it isn't supported unless you use the svn release with a special patch. I have one, I am still using ndiswrapper because the light won't work right with madwfi yet.

Last edited by elliott678; 12-21-2007 at 05:45 AM.
 
Old 12-21-2007, 05:55 AM   #11
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So it does go with ndiswrapper... then that is the way to go then.
I have noticed that most people seem to get the wifi going before the wired nic. In this case, I suspect that wireless may not help?

I haven't seen anything definitive about forcedeth working with this particular card. Will be interested to find out.
 
Old 12-21-2007, 10:28 AM   #12
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I downloaded the required driver from nVidia & installed nv-suse10-2.6.13-15.i686.rpm, it got installed without a hitch. Then went to /lib/modules/2.6.13-15-default/kernel/drivers/net/ and did:
#modprobe forcedeth

no error or conflict till here. But ifconfig remained same i.e.

Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask 255.0.0.0

I don't understand this,
 
Old 12-21-2007, 10:30 AM   #13
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Is thr a problem with my distro? SLED is not opensuse in true sense. Kindly guide.
 
Old 12-21-2007, 10:39 AM   #14
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I am also posting the readme file for the driver:

Linux Driver Disk Readme

For SuSE 10

Version 1.11 [Jun. 30th,2006]

=============================





INTRODUCTION

============

This archive provides drivers for SATA and LAN controller of NVIDIA nForce 550/570/590

and NVIDIA nForce professional 3600/3400/3050.



This Linux distribution ships with the in-box SATA & PATA & LAN drivers which include

MCP55 support. As such, a driver disk for installation of Linux is unneccesary. After

installing Linux, please update the LAN & SATA driver to latest version with rpm package

provided, and the 'initrd.img' file will be updated as part of the installation of the

driver rpm package so that the new SATA driver will be combined into the pre-existing

'initrd.img' image file



Section 1 provides instructions for installing latest SATA and LAN drivers onto an existing

Linux installation.




1) Install the SATA and LAN driver package on existing system

==============================================================



1.1) If you install the SuSE 10 before,you just need to run below command:



in 32bit OS: rpm -ivh nv-suse10-2.6.13-15.i686.rpm

in 64bit OS: rpm -ivh nv-suse10-2.6.13-15.x86_64.rpm

please append '--replacefiles' or '--force' parameter if it report file confliction.



note:

installation of rpm package will create a new initrd image file,the original file will be

backuped with '-nv' extension,for example: initrd-2.6.13-15-default.img-nv,you can specify

the old initrd image file on grub options if you encounter the problem with the new one.



2) Appendix

===============================

List the driver modules for your information:



sata_nv.ko: nVidia SATA controller driver,locate at /lib/modules/2.6.13-15-default/kernel/drivers/scsi/

forcedeth.ko: nVidia LAN controller driver,locate at /lib/modules/2.6.13-15-default/kernel/drivers/net/



This may throw some more light.
 
Old 12-23-2007, 10:35 AM   #15
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I feel thr can be only two mistakes:

a)I downloaded the wrong driver.
b)It didn't gt installed correctly.

Point b)Seems unlikely to be true.

Post installation I also did following:

YaST --> Network Devices --> Network Card to configure the network interface. Since the ethernet device didn't appear on the list, I clicked 'Add', and entered the module name as 'forcedeth'. Then clicked 'Next' and thn I entered my IP address,DNSs details etc. When I restarted I was back to square one. NO NETWORK!
 
  


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