Hardy on Acer Aspire 5315

30 06 2008

Seems it has been more than a year since the last time i posted.
Ah well, here we go back at it.

These last few days we picked up a few Acer Aspire 5315 from PCCity.
Turns out these had Linpus 9.4 preinstalled. Not being familiar with this distro i politely asked someone from the staff if he knew what distro did this one fork from.

The answers went from Debian (no-no), to Slackware , to Suse.
Actually it turns out it’s Fedora.

Brought them back to the office. The laptops are really nice . Solid looking yet elegant.
Fired up the system to see what this Linpus thing is all about.

KDE based environment. Little too flashy too.
After messing around with it for a bit and figuring out that the Wifi-Radar application (python),
fails if no networks are found, and a few other tricks like this one, decided to start installing software.


The pieces of software i was interested in these boxes having, were aMsn and Skype, with video and audio support.

aMsn was preinstalled and worked fine. The troubles started when attempting to sort out skype.
First of all, i had forgotten what a b*itch it is to fullfill dependencies during rpm installs on non Debian-based systems.

I guess i just taught myself lazy.

After finding everything i needed and installing it with no errors or complications, when trying to run Skype, fails with the following message:

process 3066: D-Bus library appears to be incorrectly set up; failed to read machine uuid: Failed to open "/var/lib/dbus/machine-id": No such file or directory
See the manual page for dbus-uuidgen to correct this issue.

Ran a few patches, but no luck-
This was the wake up call. Dug through my desk and gladly found a 32-bit copy of Ubuntu 8.04
(i use 64bits on all my stations so that version is hard for me to find. Unless i want to sit and download it ).

The installation went through with no problems at all.
The system booted up and the 1st thing i noticed was the usage of restricted drivers for the Atheros wifi card.
On top of this, the card is not recognized by the Network Manager at all.

Ah well, the madwifi drivers see to not do either so ndiswrapper is on call:

sid@dev:~$ sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapper-utils-1.9

And here’s the Winxp driver for the card:
http://www.mediafire.com/?emektlygdif

Vista on will not work. In that package both 32 and 64 bits are included.
Unzipped the file and found the driver

sudo ndiswrapper -i net5211.inf

Few lines will appear on the screen:
forcing parameter MapRegisters from 256 to 64.
Ignore it, when it’s done it will stop by itself.

Disable the restricted driver from the manager. Add ‘ndiswrapper’ (no quotes) at the end of /etc/modules to run at start up.
Blacklist the current driver :

echo "blacklist ath_pci" | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

Reboot. After that Network Manager with have the card recognized, and working properly.

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19 08 2008
Jan Wesselink

Follewed the instructions and it works, but….

Ik have to reconnect when ubuntu is started because it doenst make a connection by itself.

🙂

Any chance that this can be solved?

i ran out of options….

19 08 2008
Sidrit Trandafili

Hmmm, i actually did not face that problem. All the laptops currently autoconnect-
I’ll try to look into it though.

Thank you 😀

11 10 2008
Jan Wesselink

p.s.

It doesnt make a connection by itself to a password protected network.
It does connect to an unsecured network here in the neighbourhood, but that one is too slow 🙂

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