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Thinking about Ubuntu.

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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
I have an Acer Aspire 5100 laptop. Not a great laptop but it does the job.

I am thinking about installing Ubuntu 8.4 as I am going the way of free software after living through years of disappointment with MS.

I had major problems getting my devices to work with XP and had to download loads of drivers etc before all features of the laptop would work.

What I would like to know is am I going to be able to run my Webcam and sound etc ok with Ubuntu?

I know you can not be 100% sure but as I am new to Linux any help would be great.
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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sound should be no problem. Webcam may be a problem, but it's hard to say without a try. Why don't you download it and use the LiveCD function to try it out (it doesn't install anything) or install it from Windows using Wubi (just lunched the burned CD under windows and select the option to install from windows). Then if something is not right, just uninstall using the Add/Remove Programs option in windows - as simple as that!
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yep try a livecd and see how you like it. it will run slower than when actually installed but at least you will get a feel for it. then maybe try a dual boot with xp, and ween yourself off microsoft. thats the point where im at
#3
I have the download of Ubuntu do you mean that I can burn the ISO bung it in the drive and run it from within Vista?
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jarica;1990597
I have the download of Ubuntu do you mean that I can burn the ISO bung it in the drive and run it from within Vista?


If you want to run the live-CD don't run it from within Vista, but put it in the drive and restart the computer (you might need to enter bios/setup and tell it to boot from CD) then it will load from the CD instead of Vista. Unfortunately the 'live' version doesn't load all the drivers so less might end up working (including things like soundcard). Best bet is to give the live CD a go, see if you have the patience to play with it for a bit, and if you do, try installing it...

PS Google your hardware + Ubuntu usually gives some good results, people are keen to post about their Ubuntu install experiences:
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=acer+5100+ubuntu
#5
Thanks for the advice. I am a complete n00b on Ubuntu but like the look of it.

I have installed xubuntu, GOS and Ubuntu on a machine at work and the Full Ubuntu version seems to be the best.

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jarica;1990656
Thanks for the advice. I am a complete n00b on Ubuntu but like the look of it.

I have installed xubuntu, GOS and Ubuntu on a machine at work and the Full Ubuntu version seems to be the best.

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Ubuntu is the best supported as its the most widely used. Kubuntu is possibly nicer (depends whether you prefer Gnome or KDE desktop) but Ubuntu is definately the one to try first. Xubuntu is great for many applications and using on older hardware, and there are of course loads of other non-*buntu distros out there, but Ubuntu is almost certainly the best way to get a feel for Linuxat the moment, in my opinion, mainly down to the support and wide user-base.
#7
I am already using GIMP, Open Office, Firefox, Thunderbird, Lightning on my laptop so thought I would use a free OS as well.

Does anyone know if it is possible to stream to a XBOX 360 from a PC runing ubuntu?

Sorry for all the questions.
#8
This article looks interesting:
http://linuxhack3r.com/2008/04/07/x360mediaserve-stream-music-to-your-360-in-linux/

Google really is your friend for Ubuntu - if you have a question like that a Google search for "xbox360 ubuntu" or similar and usually you will find a better answer than you might here!
#9
dont know if it possible, i've never done it. you could always run the streaming app under wine if all else fails
#10
I've been farting about with it for a bit. You can actually get it looking really sweet.
Here's my quick attempt at making it look as much like vista as possible. :|

http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/7618/desktopta0.th.jpg
#11
Ushare seems to be what others have used to share files with their XBOX.

leefal - I like your desktop is that created with add ons etc or have you re coded?
#12
Just added the Beryl prog and messed about with the settings. It runs very smoothly, much more smoothly than the vista on the other half of the laptop.

EDIT: compizconfig it comes up as, fairly sure its the same thing a beryl. No fancy recoding for me! Faaar too lazy for that! [SIZE="1"]plus i haven't a clue.[/SIZE]
#13
Windows is the best operating system for hardware support, you may have had to download lots of drivers to get it to work but at least those drivers were availible and it worked after you downloaded them.

Give Ubunutu a try though, you might get lucky and it will have all the drivers for your hardware.
#14
Well I have done it. Everything that I wanted to work is ok.

I still need to sort out the sharing with the XBOX but I had enough problems with XP on that so I will probably stick with putting my files on a flash drive or iPod.

Only problem I am having is that my Wireless connections shows as 1mbps and does not change!

I did a Speedtest and it showed as it used to under XP so not sure what is happening there. I do have a broadcom wireless card on an Acer Aspire and there do seem to be a lot of posts about problems with this.

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