A friend was very dissatisfied with Vista on his new Compaq Presario C700 Notebook PC with 2GHz and 1Gb RAM.
Wireless was Atheros AR5007 802.11b/g which is the same as in my Acer Aspire 4315. So I knew I could get that to work one way or another.
Step 1 – Tested using live CD. Check touchpad and mouse (cordless) works plus sound etc.
Step 2 – Total clean install using entire hard drive. Hasta la Vista Vista!
Step 3 – Get wireless working
sudo aptitude update
sudo apt-get install build-essential
If you have problems with the last step, and you are asked to insert a CD, comment out the CD line in /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
e.g. add # in front of line like deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 8.04 _Hardy Heron_ – Release i386 (20080422.2)]/ hardy main restricted
tar xvf madwifi-nr-r3366+ar5007.tar.gz
sudo make install
sudo modprobe ath_pci
If you change to the 2.6.26 kernel, you will need to blacklist ath5k (until they finally make it work reliably with ath 5007, in which case, forget the mad wifi drivers altogether).
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
add line: blacklist ath5k
System>Administration>Hardware Drivers – disable both wireless drivers. We are using the ones we installed from mad wifi.
NB if you upgrade your installation and it changes the kernel you will need to follow the instructions here: Restoring Madwifi on Acer Aspire 4315 after Kernel Update
Step 4 – Get youtube, cds. DVDs working.
Medibuntu is your friend (media buntu). https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu
sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/hardy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update
Add ability to view DVDs
sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2
The grab all the other stuff you need:
sudo apt-get install w32codecs
Open www.youtube.com and you will be prompted to install flash. Use adobe’s for now.
Step 5 – get Ekiga (VOIP softphone) account, download all other desired apps e.g. Inkscape (make your own clipart), KolourPaint (simple drawing), Thunderbird + Lightning extension (email plus calendar), Scribus (Desktop Publishing), VLC (media playing), Keep (backups).
[Extra – as at 14/9/2008] Can add rmvb support as per http://www.simplehelp.net/2007/07/27/how-to-play-rmvb-files-in-ubuntu/. Add compiz configuration manager and try out the rotating cube etc. Check the screensavers are OK with the video card/compiz combination.