Laptop purchased

June 29, 2005

I bought a Laptop: Acer NWLMi 4601. Main features are 15.4″ widescreen and an ATI Mobility radeon x700 (64mb) card.

Have been busy for solid three nights now working on bringing up the wireless and Ubuntu on it.
Bringing up ubuntu was the easiest part:
1. Install with linux acpi=off
2. When installation finally completed and X started up, all I could see was a blank screen. Solution: in Xorg.conf, modify the below section to add an Option:

Section “Device”
Identifier “ATI Technologies, Inc. Radeon Mobility X700 (RV410)”
Driver “ati”
Option “MonitorLayout” “LVDS, TMDS” — Add this line new
BusID “PCI:1:0:0”

SB also bought a powerbook. Bijur brought it home along with the D-Link wireless hub. My Intel 802.11b/g 2200’s performance has been slightly shaky. With the driver version, the connection speed drops from 54mbps to 1mbps gradually and disconnects. Windows reconnects it after two seconds. And this happened every 5 minutes or so.. Afterwards, I searched in the forums, and ended up installing the newer driver version (from IBM)and the connection is somewhat stable at 54mpbs. (As in still going strong after half an hour)

There are still some problems left: Bringing up wireless in Linux. Ubuntu has drivers for my wireless card. Ironically, it does not have drivers for the Acer hotkey buttons used to turn the wireless hardware ON and OFF 🙂 So everything is ready except that if I press the button the hardware never turns on.. I may have to compile some module and install it to make it work correctly. Again there is this problem of windows media player playing VCDs with horrible quality. This is probably a codec issue.

So much for recordings of Laptop issues and fixes, reading has come down sharply due to the twin laptop effect. We are in search of a mac AND pc game to try out some multiplayer action. Something readily available on the net for download… 🙂

From now on you can expect regular postings here,