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    Ubuntu on MSI Wind

    Im looking at buying a MSI Wind, i wanna whip out the hard drive and put ubuntu on it, i have the previous version of ubuntu not the new one. Im wondering will i lose any functionality of the laptop if i do that, like will i lose support of the wireless card, bluetooth, etc....


    thanks
    toast

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    Re: Ubuntu on MSI Wind

    Apparently there is an issue with the touchpad driver. Unfortunately, I do not know if it is resolved.

    See these threads for more info.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...light=msi+wind

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...light=msi+wind

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    Re: Ubuntu on MSI Wind

    I just got a Wind for Christmas and have Hardy running on it dual booting with XP. I initially got the wireless (RT2860) working with ndiswrapper, but today I succeeded with compiling the drivers from Ralink's source package. Bluetooth works fine. Webcam works with Cheese, but I haven't had any luck capturing sound with the built-in microphone yet.

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    Re: Ubuntu on MSI Wind

    I came across this on forums.msiwind.net while getting my wireless working on a u100-432US w/160GB. I was able to get this working even running Live-CD using sudo insmod rt2860sta (again this was complements of Bingo). The persons name is Bingo . . . .

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

    Just spend the last 5 hours playing with the wireless b/g/n adapter on my new wind (160GB U100-436NE)

    I think i got it all working now

    Get these packages , compiler & linux-kernel headers for the curent running version
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`


    Get the RT-2700E source (included in the 2860 driver)
    Code:
    wget http://www.ralinktech.com.tw/data/dr....8.0.0.tar.bz2


    Extract the source
    Code:
    tar xvjf 2008_0918_RT2860_Linux_STA_v1.8.0.0.tar.bz2


    "cd" to source dir (now called SRC)
    Code:
    cd 2008_0918_RT2860_Linux_STA_v1.8.0.0


    You have to change 2 parameters in the subdir file os/linux/config.mk

    Code:
    gedit os/linux/config.mk


    This will enable WPA , and use Ubuntu's native supplicant.

    This is the original contents
    Code:
    # Support Wpa_Supplicant
    HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=n

    # Support Native WpaSupplicant for Network Maganger
    HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT_SUPPORT=n



    This is the changed contents
    Code:
    # Support Wpa_Supplicant
    HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=y

    # Support Native WpaSupplicant for Network Maganger
    HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT_SUPPORT=y



    Save the new contents.
    Now you are done , configuring.

    do a :
    Code:
    sudo make


    Now the kernel 2.6.x driver called rt2860sta.ko , has been build , and is ready to be installed.

    do a :
    Code:
    sudo cp os/linux/rt2860sta.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/


    then

    Code:
    sudo depmod -a
    sudo modprobe rt2860sta


    Reboot , and the wireless is now known and handled bu the gnome Networkmanager.

    Ohh keep the roaming on the interface , if you want to be able to select wireless lans , that are awailable "in the air".

    I have experienced once or twice that i had to do a : ifdown ra0 and then a ifup ra0 . in order to get a dhcp address , after booting.

    /Bingo


    Last edited by Bingo on Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:16 pm, edited 5 times in total.

    ================================================== ===
    Last edited by GhettoYhetti; January 3rd, 2009 at 06:32 AM.
    A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.
    ~ H. W. Longfellow (1807-1882)

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    Re: Ubuntu on MSI Wind

    I came across this on forums.msiwind.net while getting my wireless working on a u100-432US w/160GB. I was able to get this working even running Live-CD using sudo insmod rt2860sta (again this was complements of Bingo). The persons name is Bingo . . . .

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

    Just spend the last 5 hours playing with the wireless b/g/n adapter on my new wind (160GB U100-436NE)

    I think i got it all working now


    Get these packages , compiler & linux-kernel headers for the curent running version
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`


    Get the RT-2700E source (included in the 2860 driver)
    Code:
    wget http://www.ralinktech.com.tw/data/dr....8.0.0.tar.bz2


    Extract the source
    Code:
    tar xvjf 2008_0918_RT2860_Linux_STA_v1.8.0.0.tar.bz2


    "cd" to source dir (now called SRC)
    Code:
    cd 2008_0918_RT2860_Linux_STA_v1.8.0.0


    You have to change 2 parameters in the subdir file os/linux/config.mk

    Code:
    gedit os/linux/config.mk


    This will enable WPA , and use Ubuntu's native supplicant.

    This is the original contents
    Code:
    # Support Wpa_Supplicant
    HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=n

    # Support Native WpaSupplicant for Network Maganger
    HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT_SUPPORT=n



    This is the changed contents
    Code:
    # Support Wpa_Supplicant
    HAS_WPA_SUPPLICANT=y

    # Support Native WpaSupplicant for Network Maganger
    HAS_NATIVE_WPA_SUPPLICANT_SUPPORT=y



    Save the new contents.
    Now you are done , configuring.

    do a :
    Code:
    sudo make


    Now the kernel 2.6.x driver called rt2860sta.ko , has been build , and is ready to be installed.

    do a :
    Code:
    sudo cp os/linux/rt2860sta.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/


    then

    Code:
    sudo depmod -a
    sudo modprobe rt2860sta


    Reboot , and the wireless is now known and handled bu the gnome Networkmanager.

    Ohh keep the roaming on the interface , if you want to be able to select wireless lans , that are awailable "in the air".

    I have experienced once or twice that i had to do a : ifdown ra0 and then a ifup ra0 . in order to get a dhcp address , after booting.

    /Bingo


    Last edited by Bingo on Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:16 pm, edited 5 times in total.

    ================================================== ===
    Last edited by GhettoYhetti; January 3rd, 2009 at 02:47 PM. Reason: contained personal information
    A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.
    ~ H. W. Longfellow (1807-1882)

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