Archive for September, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04 OEM Install Option is now F4 + Altnerate CD

September 8, 2010

So you can’t find the OEM install option on the 10.04 CD? I found it! I’m attempting to help a non-profit that many of you probably know in Portland and for once found a real reason to use. It did take me quite a bit of searching.

1. Burn alternate 10.04, 10.04.1, etc. to a CD
2. Select English or your choice of languages after booting the CD
3. Press F4 on your keyboard
4. You know have the option to select OEM Install
5. Select Install Ubuntu from the menu- and continue through the alternate install process

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Penguin Air (1352)

September 4, 2010

Category Specification
Processor Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500 / 1.4 GHz
Screen 13.3″ WXGA Glare type (1366 x 768) 16:9
Wireless 802.11N Atheros Wifi
Webcam Built-in 1.3 Mega Pixel Camera
Memory Supports (1) DDR2
Standard Warranty 1 Year Limited Warranty
Card Reader SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
Optical Drive Optional
Graphics Intel GMA 4500MHD
Audio HD Audio, Realtek ALC888S-VC2-GR
Ports Internal Microphone x 1
Monitor (VGA) : 15 pin D-Sub x 1
HDMI : 1
USB 2.0 : 2
MIC-in : 1
Headphone out : 1
LAN jack (RJ45) : 1
Battery Li-ion 4 cell
Dimensions 330 x 224 x 26 mm
Weight JUST 3.09 lbs (with a 4-cell battery)

think@think-penguin:~$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M-E LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
03:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 53G 8.9G 42G 18% /

think@think-penguin:~$ free -m
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 1979 948 1030 0 159 386
-/+ buffers/cache: 402 1577
Swap: 2379 0 2379

think@think-penguin:~$ uname -a
Linux think-penguin 2.6.32-24-generic #41-Ubuntu SMP Thu Aug 19 01:12:52 UTC 2010 i686 GNU/Linux

think@think-penguin:~$ glxinfo | grep rendering
direct rendering: Yes

think@think-penguin:~$ glxgears
3010 frames in 5.0 seconds
2429 frames in 5.0 seconds
2382 frames in 5.0 seconds
2299 frames in 5.0 seconds
2270 frames in 5.0 seconds
2422 frames in 5.0 seconds
2927 frames in 5.0 seconds

Suspend to ram with 3d acceleration supported? YES!!!! Awesome battery life and the system can even handle HD content…

Web cam. Just press fn+f6 key to enable.

Wifi. Just press the fn+f8 key to turn on/off.

I tested every component above and they work as well as every other component on this laptop including: esata, usb, ethernet, svga output, mic, microphone input, and headphones, and the buttons to turn these on/off where applicable. The whole laptop works flawlessly out of the box. You can either use the shipping disc (Ubuntu 10.04) or a stock Ubuntu 10.04 from Canonical with this laptop and still get full support for the hardware. While I haven’t tested any other distribution the hardware is supported by free drivers and firmware. GNewSense should even have full support for it in the near future. As far as I can tell the BIOS is the only thing here that is non-free. You get a BIG Tux though when you turn it on. (more…)