I've been thinking about trying out Ubuntu on my spanking new T60. The plan is to convert to OpenOffice and hopefully get Beryl going for some eyecandy I'm an absolute beginner with Linux, so pardon any stupid questions.
The T60 is right out of the box. So the service partition is intact and so is the MBR that allows for entry to the pre-desktop area - at least so I've been told.
1. How do I remove the service partition? I have no real use for it (already made the recovery discs) and I've heard that GRUB will make it impossible to boot on it anyways.
2. Will Ubunti 6.10 have driver support for the hardware? If not, where can one find drivers?
3. Will installing drivers require alot of terminal-work?
4. Anyone here have experience with Beryl?
14,1" (1400x1050), 1,83GHz Core Duo, 64MB X1300
1GB RAM, 100GB 7200 HDD, DVD burner
2) It should have drivers for everything and then some, with the possible exception of either wireless card drivers and/or video card drivers, or technology that's too new. the PCLinuxOS wiki has some decent information on getting hardware working, particularly installing ATI or NVidia drivers.
Since you're wiping and replacing, go ahead and experiment and find out what stuff does. Web pages that describe stuff to be done through the terminal usually tell you exactly what commands you need to run.
I would recommend creating your R&R discs prior to wiping, just so you have them in the event you want them.
Edit: When booting the (K)Ubuntu live CD, I had to add the special boot parameter "noapic" in order to properly boot the 64-bit version on my T-60.
I have never installed ati drivers with linux, I have always used nvidia cards but I plan to tackle that soon too. The vesa driver is adequate for now.
Good luck with trying linux and have fun.
Edit: One thing I haven't tried yet is the modem. I do not know if it will work easily with linux. Luckily for me I don't ever need to use a modem but I will probably try to get it working just to see if it does.
I installed the fglrx suite from synaptic and logged out and back in and now I have 1680x1050 resolution. I did a very few tweaks I read on Thinkwiki and also installed Automatix. I have about 90 minutes in installation, configuration and fiddling. I really doubt you could install Vista, do all the updates, grab drivers, install media players, office suite, etc. and be fully functionable in 90 minutes.
I love it.
The ThinkVantage button works to run the diagnostic software, grub lets me select Fedora Core 6 or Windows, and it all works just fine.
AFAIK, Beryl does not yet work on the T60/ATI X1400 (which I have), but people are working on it. The ATI driver does work with 3D games. I've had Doom3 running on mine. Google Earth works great too.
The partition tool in the Ubuntu installer is quite easy to use. You should boot from the live-cd and then klick on install. The upcoming graphical installation routine will guide you well through all. Ubuntu is a very good choice, there is a huge community on the net which will help you with all problems you might encounter. Rule Number One: Do not give up. When you are new to linux, give yourself one month of time to get used to it. Once you are familiar with it, you will love it and you won´t understand how you could be happy with cra*** windows
It might be really helpful to have a second pc with internet-connection at hand when installing linux in the case you are not sure what to do with your network card or encounter problems...
Actually, you can boot into the service partition using Grub, and Ubuntu will set it up automagically for you when it installs itself (if you leave it there.)Torque wrote: 1. How do I remove the service partition? I have no real use for it (already made the recovery discs) and I've heard that GRUB will make it impossible to boot on it anyways.
Everything but Video will work out of the box. It will use the vesa driver by default, you will want to change this to the radeon or ati proprietary driver first.Torque wrote: 2. Will Ubunti 6.10 have driver support for the hardware? If not, where can one find drivers?
If I recall, Beryl and Xgl require the radeon driver and not the ATI Proprietary driver but I could be wrong.
ATI Proprietary Install (I'd use Method 1, the ubuntu way)
http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubuntu ... tion_Guide
Beryl might, because I've never got it going under Ubuntu (not saying its hard, I've just never bothered to try.) But up into there at least it shouldn't. Theres only a few required console commands to enter, and even then I'm not sure if they are really required (ie. you can probably do them through the gui.)Torque wrote: 3. Will installing drivers require alot of terminal-work?
I hope this helps you. I run 6.10 but plan to upgrade to the newer one once it becomes available.
I have tried various HowTo's found on Beryl's Wiki, here are pertinent sections from my xorg.conf:
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Section "Device" Identifier "Generic Video Card" Driver "fglrx" Option "VideoOverlay" "on" Option "OpenGLOverlay" "off" Option "GARTSize" "64" Option "AGPMode" "4" Option "DisableGLXRootClipping" "true" Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "true" Option "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true" Option "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps" "true" Option "EnablePageFlip" "true" Option "DRI" "true" Option "AccelMethod" "EXA" Option "EXANoOffscreenPixmaps" Option "ColorTiling" "on" Option "RenderAccel" "true" Option "AGPFastWrite" "true" BusID "PCI:1:0:0" EndSection Section "DRI" #Group "Video" Mode 0666 EndSection Section "Extensions" Option "Composite" "Disable" EndSection
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~> beryl-manager ~> X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 168 Major opcode: 148 Minor opcode: 3 Resource id: 0x0 Failed to open device X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 168 Major opcode: 148 Minor opcode: 3 Resource id: 0x0 Failed to open device ************************************************************** * Beryl system compatibility check * ************************************************************** Detected xserver : AIGLX Checking Display :0 ... Checking for XComposite extension : failed No composite extension beryl: No composite extension X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 168 Major opcode: 148 Minor opcode: 3 Resource id: 0x0 Failed to open device X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 168 Major opcode: 148 Minor opcode: 3 Resource id: 0x0 Failed to open device
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~> fglrxinfo display: :0.0 screen: 0 OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc. OpenGL renderer string: ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 OpenGL version string: 2.0.6334 (8.34.8) ~> glxinfo | grep dir direct rendering: Yes ~>
Thanks in advance.
What did you have to edit in order to get the trackpoint middle button scroll to work?mightaswell wrote:It even recognized my 1400x1050 screen resolution. I had to edit xorg.conf to get the trackpoint middle button scroll to work. I am going to install slackware -current soon but I was impressed with how well everything worked with kubuntu.
I've just installed Kubuntu to my T43, as far as I can tell, that is the only thing that's not working.
This is the guide I followed
http://wiki.beryl-project.org/wiki/Inst ... y_with_XGL
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