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Old 12-12-2006, 12:58 PM   #1
seashell11
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Install Ubuntu on Westinghouse NB-14w2 Laptop


I am trying to install Ubuntu on a Westinghouse NB-14w2 Laptop it is the laptop included in THIS PACKAGE.



First I tried with the regular Kubuntu 6.10 Live cd. It went for a while, and then all of a sudden it just started repeating this message.
Code:
[17180091.116000] hda: ide_intr: huh? expected NULL handler on exit
[17180091.164000] Buffer I/O error on device hda, logical block 58694
[17180116.764000] hda: ide_intr: huh? expected NULL handler on exit
[17180136.012000] hda: ide_intr: huh? expected NULL handler on exit
[17180136.060000] Buffer I/O error on device hda, logical block 58705
And, as you can see the words stayed the same, but the numbers changed. It didn't go through them really fast, just every little bit. After a while it looked like it totally quit, because it just sat there with the bar flashing at the bottom of the screen, but nothing changed any more.



I then hit CTRL + ALT + DELETE to restart the computer. Then using the same cd, I tried starting it up in safe graphics mode.

Code:
[17179733.916000] hda: ide_intr: huh? expected NULL handler on exit
[17180091.964000] Buffer I/O error on device hda, logical block 58655
[17180091.964000] SQUASHFS error: sb_bread failed reading block 0x1bc44
[17180091.964000] SQUASHFS unable to read fragment cache block [6f077a9]
[17180091.964000] SQUASHFS unable to read page, block 6f077a9, size 9c16
[17179759.564000] hda: ide_intr: huh? expected NULL handler on exit
[17179778.920000] hda: ide_intr: huh? expected NULL handler on exit
[17179778.968000] Buffer I/O error on device hda, logical block 58705


Then I restarted again, and tried it with Kubuntu 6.06 live cd in the regular start-up mode.

This went fine, and it said ok for everything. Then the screen went blank, or flashed like it does when it is going to log in, but instead of logging in, it just put me back to the screen showing the kubuntu logo, and it just sat there not doing anything.



Again I restarted, and this time I used the same 6.06 live cd, but I chose the safe graphics mode at startup.

This time, everything started up and worked fine! But, the graphics weren't the best of course. Also some hardware, like the wifi card, wasn't found; but the wifi card can be fixed later.



I then restarted again, and booted up with a 5.10 live cd, just to see if that would work.

This here went fine for the most part, until it should have started the X xerver. It the popped up the message
Code:
Failed to start the X server (your graphical interface).  It is likely that it is not set up correctly.  Would you like to view the X server ourput to diagnose the problem?

          <Yes>        <No>
I chose yes. In there at one place it said
Code:
Fatal server error:
Caught signal 4.  Server aborting
I then went to the command line and typed in
Code:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
and tried changing the driver from ati to vesa. This didn't help either.



Then, as I think you have already guessed, I decided that I might as well try a 5.04 live cd too.

This time, it got as far as showing the splash screen and the mouse, before it locked up and wouldn't do anything.



I didn't try the 4.10 cd, beings I didn't have one, and I couldn't find a downloadable iso.



Now does anyone have any idea what I should do to get Edgy Kubuntu running on this laptop? Should I install with Dapper started up in Safe Graphics Mode? Should I download the Alternate install cd and install with that? Will the SATA hard drive cause problems? Where it was having the errors shouldn't it have said sda instead of hda, since it is an SATA hard drive? Is it my Video Card that is causing the problems? Can I just install Kubuntu, and then reconfigure the x server to make it run right?

I would rather not mess up my windows xp if at all possible. I am wanting to shrink the size of my Windows XP Partition, then creat a ext3 partiton to install linux on, then creat a logical partion, and in the logical partition, I want a partition for ext3 partition for /home, a Fat32 partition for sharing files between windows and linux, and a swap partition of course.

If anyone wants me to try anything else, or give you more information, I will gladly take the time to do it.

Last edited by seashell11; 12-12-2006 at 01:34 PM.
 
Old 12-12-2006, 01:33 PM   #2
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Ok, I just started up with the 6.06 live cd in safe mode again, and opened up qtparted. It has my hard drive as /dev/sda, and it recognized the ntfs partition that is currently on it. This would mean that it isn't a problem with my hard drive right? or am I wrong?
 
Old 12-28-2006, 07:48 PM   #3
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Westinghouse laptop and ubuntu

I don't know whether you are still trying ubuntu but here is my state so far on the same machine:

I used an edgy-ubuntu (not kubuntu) cd and the machine came up rather well. I was able to install all of the KDE tools after the initial installation, so everyone was pretty happy. The X-windowing system was functional, but under xorg's ati driver. There was no wifi, and that has been my most recent success. The overview is that I used ndiswrapper around the windows driver. My specific steps were:

1. Install a 2.6.19 kernel from kernel.org, including the sources.
a. I attach the .config file I used successfully to build the kernel on the Westinghouse. Crucial was the inclusion of the module for the SiS SATA driver. This means that the ATI SATA driver actually uses the SiS SATA driver.
b. I used the kernel HOWTO at

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=311158

so that I could build a .deb package, which allowed me to load the kernel on a second laptop.

2. Install the newest ndiswrapper package from sourceforge. Follow the directions at

http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m...on#Downloading
and
http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m...le_and_install

3. For the specific windows driver go to

http://www.msi.com.tw/program/suppor...UID=626&kind=8
and download the file for the 32-bit windows systems. The name of the downloaded file is:

MSI_RT6x_RT7x_1.0.0.0302.exe

execute this on a windows XP machine. It will create an MIS folder under Program Files. Several levels below this directory you will find a WINXP directory. Copy this to the laptop.

4. From inside the WINXP directory on the laptop, issue the command:

sudo ndiswrapper -i rt73.inf

If you have been successful, the command

ndisswrapper -l

will return

rt73: driver installed
device (0DB0:6877) present

issue the command

sudo depmod -a

followed by

sudo modprobe ndiswrapper

and your wireless card should come up.

Finally, add the line

ndiswrapper

to the file

/etc/modules

To automatically load the wifi driver at bootup
 
Old 02-03-2007, 07:23 AM   #4
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Sound on the nb-14w2 under Ubuntu?

Has anyone gotten the sound to work on the Westinghouse nb-14w2 notebook? Ubuntu appears to detect it but I can't seem to get sound out on either the built in speakers or the line out jack. Thanks.
 
Old 02-03-2007, 09:17 AM   #5
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I just ran across this post again. I had given up on getting Ubuntu to run on this laptop for a while, but I will try again. I will post the results later, and will see what can be done about the sound. I have had that problem with sound on another laptop, but by changing the right switches in the mixer, I got it working.
 
Old 02-04-2007, 08:28 AM   #6
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Ubuntu on the nb-14w2 notebook

BTW - Ubuntu 6-10 standard seems to install just fine on this notebook - the only things that didn't work 'out of the box' were the wireless ethernet and the sound (and possibly the modem - but I don't have any easy way of testing that - nor a need for it). Both appear to be detected but don't actually work. I tried the ndiswrapper route for the wireless but still haven't gotten it to work. ndiswrapper reports the driver installed and working but wifi-radar shows nothing - while booting into winxp home on the notebook picks up four networks - mine and three of my neighbors.

I've been using Linux for years and Ubuntu since 5-10 -- but this is the first notebook I've tried them on - and from what I've read, it's not terribly unusual to have the wireless not work out of the box on notebooks in particular - and with most Linux distros.
 
Old 02-13-2007, 07:10 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by seashell11
I just ran across this post again. I had given up on getting Ubuntu to run on this laptop for a while, but I will try again. I will post the results later, and will see what can be done about the sound. I have had that problem with sound on another laptop, but by changing the right switches in the mixer, I got it working.
So have you got the sound working yet? And if so what was the corrections that needed to be made to get it to work?
 
Old 02-26-2007, 08:04 PM   #8
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I'm having the same issues with wireless and sound on this laptop. I'm installing the latest kernel right now, and I'll post any success or problems I have with the helpful info above.

Is it possible that wrapping the Windows sound driver for the laptop will make the sound work, similar to how wrapping the wireless drivers should solve the wifi issue?

Sorry if I sound like a n00b, but I am what I am :P
 
Old 07-30-2007, 09:12 PM   #9
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Partial Westinghouse Solution

Hi this post is pretty old, but have a resolution if you guys still need it.

Try using the latest Linuxmint on the Westinghouse laptop. Worked brilliantly for me. Detected everything, sound video, 10/100 ethernet, no lockups such as others have noted when trying to install other Linux distros on this very difficult Westinghouse NB-14W2 laptop.

This laptop is really a "windows only" type laptop, so it's a testament to Linuxmint that it actually works on this piece of junk.

That said there is one thing that will not work even using LinuxMint, and that's the wireless. The Westinghouse uses an obscure built in wireless with no compatible linux drivers. And very shoddy windows drivers.

So right now I have to plug up if I want to surf. If anyone else has resolved the wireless issue with this laptop and linux, let me know. If this stupid laptop offered a PCMCIA slot, I could just slap in a wireless card that would work with Linux, however there is no PCMCIA slots with this laptop.

Something I wasn't aware of until after purchasing.

What kind of piece of junk laptop doesn't come with a PCMCIA slot?

Oh well, as long as I plug up the internet I'm okay. But that wireless is a bummer.


But other than that laptop up and running. But if anyone has a fix for the wireless, or lack of PCMCIA slots issue, please post it.

Thanks.
 
Old 08-05-2007, 10:57 AM   #10
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I still have my westinghouse laptop, and am just fixing to reinstall linux Ubuntu on it. I do know that one time I had my wireless working on this laptop. It had to be exactly the right kernel version, and I was using default drivers that came ubuntu, but when I upgraded my laptop wirless quite working. I am going to experiment a little more this time, and maybe I can figure out what it is that makes it work and how to make it work even if I upgrade.
 
  


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