Hardware specs :
Intel Pentium M 1.7
512 MB RAM
Broadcom internal modem
Dell True Mobile 802.11g (based on broadcom94306 chip)
Sigmatel audio card
This “how to” is not full at the moment. It's about the solutions for problems i came up after installing Ubuntu 4.10. Expect updates since i will try to use all of my devices.
The solutions are for the devices which not worked at all or worked with problems. These are :
1.No sound card – wireless devices recognized
2.Display resolution was too low (600x800) after boot up
Sound – Wireless
The problem with sound and wireless card after searching is a bug that creates a irq conflict. The solution is adding acpi_irq_isa=7 in boot options. This is how :
sudo nano /boot/grub/menu.lst
#Find this line
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-18.104.22.168-3-386 root=/dev/hda4 ro quiet splash
#make it look like this
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-22.214.171.124-3-386 acpi_irq_isa=7 root=/dev/hda4 ro quiet splash
Save it and reboot. After rebooting you should have no problems with you sound. If so check volume controls in Gnome.In order to make your wireless work you will need to install ndiswarpper because broadcom is not recognized by the kernel. This will allow us to use windows drivers for the wifi card. So do these :
sudo aptget-install ndiswrapper-utils
#or do it through synaptic by searching (Generally i prefere synaptic since it retrieves dependences if needed and installations are done smoothly).
#now we will install the windows drivers which must be transferred in some location of our partition
sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
#if you have the .inf file in another directory from the one that you are you will have to enter the entire path to the file. For example /home/cat/desktop/bcmwl5.inf.
#now we will activate the device
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
#normally after that you will see the wifi indicator , in not removed from desktop , to be activated
Now you should make a network profile from Gnome
Select “Add” “wireless” select “wlan0” for device make the choices that suit for your network and finish it. This should be all. Some say that after you should add a line in the file /etc/modules saying “ndiswrapper” in order the driver to load but i did not since it loaded without it.
Resolution – Install Nvidia Drivers
It is not required to install nvidia drivers to increase the resolution but one way or another i wanted the drivers to be installed. I am not going to describe how to install nvidia drivers since others have made that already . Following the instructions of the link following you should have no problems :
Thank's to sp0ck i managed to achieve 1680x1050 resolution. Here is the solution he found :
Edit /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 and scroll down to the "Monitor" section and change the values to
Identifier "Generic Monitor"
Modeline "1280x800" 159.74 1280 1296 1552 1664 800 800 815 835
ModeLine "1680x1050" 214.51 1680 1800 1984 2288 1050 1051 1054 1103
Sound Buttons on keyboard
I managed to make the volume control keys (volume up-down,mute) on my keyboard to work by doing this :
Select Computer--->Desktop Prferences--->Keyboard Shortcuts
Then select the volume up,down,mute and specify the key for the shortcut by pressing the specific keys on your keyboard. This should work just fine , as in windows.
Well that is all for now. I hope that this will help others with same hardware as me. Sory if something is mising but please feel free to notify me because it is a long "how to" and i might missed sth. So as i said wait updates to be done.
P.S. For those who don't have internet from their laptop they can't use "sudo apt-get" or synaptic to get the required packages, so they can find it and download it from another pc from here