Thursday, 24 May 2007

Installing Ubuntu 7.04 on a Compaq Presario 1500 Notebook

Finally I decided to try again the Ubuntu 7.04 live cd.

I booted and selected the "Start or install Ubuntu" option.

When the screen showed a garbled display I pressed "crtl-alt-f2" and ran the command :

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

Then I chose the following options :

Attempt to autodetect video hardware? : "Yes"
X server driver : "ati"
Identifier for your video card : "ATI Technologies Inc Radeon Mobility M7 LW [Radeon Mobility 7500]"

Video card's Bus identifier : "PCI:1:0:0"
Amount of memory (KB) to be used by the video card : "32768"
Use Kernel Framebuffer device interface : "Yes"
Then a few questions about the Keyboard & mouse
Write default files section to configuration file ? : "Yes"
Attempt Monitor Autodetection ? : "Yes"
Identifier for the monitor : "Generic Monitor"
Video Modes to be used by the X server : "1400 x 1050"
Method for selecting the monitor characteristics ? : "Medium"
Resolution : "1400x1050 @ 60Hz"
Write monitor sync ranges to the configuration file : "Yes"
Desired default color depth in bits : "16"

Then I returned to the console usign the crtl-alt-F7

And pressed the ctrl-alt-backspace twice. Then the gnome restarted with a 1400x1050 @ 60Hz resolution without problem.

I installed the distribution and rebooted.

Then I opened a terminal and I edited manually the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file.

In the following link you can download my xorg.conf.

The glxgears shows an average of 1000fps.

I pressed the button "Enable Desktop Effect" and activate the options :
"Windows Wobble when Moved"
"Workspaces on a Cube"

But the cube effect didn't work until I ran the following two commands :

gconftool-2 --type int --set /apps/compiz/general/screen0/options/hsize 4

gconftool-2 --type int --set /apps/compiz/general/screen0/options/number_of_desktops 1

Then I pressed the ctrl+alt+left or the ctrl+alt+Button1 and the cube worked!!!

Now I'm using Ubuntu... so... I'm Finally a Human Being!!!


Heath said...

Can you send me your xorg.conf file please? Its not available at the link. My email is hsv13 at yahoo dot com

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