Linux on Acer Aspire 5100
I'm new to this forum, not new to linux, but still a bit of a newb.
In any case, I just got this Acer Aspire 5100 laptop... here's some of the major specs to save you time:
AMD Turion 64 x2 1.6GHz (800MHz /core)
ATI Radeon XPress 1100
120 GB PATA hdd
1 GB DDR2 ram
Anyyyyway, i want, need, an alternative to windows (or vista. ew.) and i figured I might as well fiddaddle with putting linux on this machine. First i tried Fedora (first 64bit, then x86)... the screen went blank after the splash install screen (i hit enter, even tried noapci). Then I tried Gentoo (both x86 and 64bit)- which I was reallly excited about- but that displayed 'kernal panic! aiyeeee!' about 40 seconds into the boot cd load. So far the only thing that's worked is Ubuntu family distros, of which the x86 versions work better than the 64bit versions.
My internet connection has been crappy for the last couple days (im in college, but they are redoing our system) so I just ordered the SUSE 10,1 64bit cd's (I also need these for another system) and I am hoping to god they work.
My questions are as this:
1. Has anyone had experience with loading linux on the Acer Aspire 5100? If so, what was that experience like.
2. Are there any ati xpress1100 video drivers out there for linux?
3. What would be my best bet in terms of learning how to maneuver linux from the terminal. I know basics, as well as how to program (proficiently) C, C++, and MatLab, so I'm not completely technically deficient. I just haven't spent enough time learning Linux architecture.
Any help is appreciated.
Kubuntu Edgy 6.10 distribution experiences
I have an acer aspire 5100 laptop, same specs running for about a month. I partitioned the disk in two 60 GB partitions, one for windows, the other one for linux. I allowed linux to automatically repartition the second one.
I've installed both the ubuntu live cd and the kubuntu live dvd 64bit versions.
The sound card works much better with the kubuntu dvd, however, there is still a little problem whith audio:
to make it work properly, i always need to move the volume scroller down and then up again in order to make the left speaker work.
When it boots it remembers the volume levels, however it never works in stereo mode, only one of the speakers working, until you move the scroller.
The video card works properly, though installing the drivers for the first time is a real pain... For me, the fglrx driver is working better than the ati driver. The wallpaper looks like garbage before installing the driver, but just after doing it, it looks fine.
When you shut down the machine, green bars with red dots appear, seems a bit scary hehehe, but no complaints about it.
Sometimes (rarely) the computer hangs, specially when playing audio in amarok. Curiously, after a hang, the only way to restart the computer is pressing the on/off button for a few seconds, and when it comes back, the fsck utility reports errors.
There is no driver yet (i have seen one still in development??) for the web cam.
The bluetooth is not working at all, though i haven't made the effort to get it working.
Wireless lan works fine, however some times it will fail when connecting to the access point. If you try again it will connect most of the times.
If some one has an update for any of these problems, or knows a better working distribution, i will appreciate it.