This documents my installation of a Ubuntu 7.04 on a Dell Vostro 1500. It works well, but there were some difficulties during install.
After the installation completed, sound, ethernet, and wireless worked with out a glitch. I did however, encounter some issues with using the proprietary nVidia driver, as well as the DVD/CD Bruner.
As I mentioned above, to complete the installation, I was forced to switch the graphics driver to "vesa", which is very compatible, but sucks as far as preformance, and also does not support any widescreen resolutions. As I mentioned, the open source 'nv' driver does not support this card yet (or, atleast, the version supplied with Ubuntu 7.04 does not). So, this leaves us with the proprietary nVidia driver.
Ubuntu's Restricted Driver Manager doesn't even give the option of downloading the driver for this card, since apparently
it is too new. Even if you download the packages (nvidia-glx) yourself using aptitude, the version of the driver provided
does not support the card. So, one must get the latest driver from nVidia (available here),
before you can install the driver, you will need the libc-dev package:
# aptitude install libc-dev
Next, install nvidia's driver (follow there instructions). Then, change the driver line in /etc/X11/xorg.conf to
Then, after restarting X, one will have accelerated graphcis. However, there is a problem. After rebooting, X will fail to start, and this error message will appear in the log file:
Error: API mismatch...
To fix this, I edited the file /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common changing the DISABLED_MODULES line to:
I then also removed any links to /etc/init.d/nvidia-kernel from the rc*.d directories. This prevents that script from running during start-up. Then restart the display manager like so:
It should now start correctly on boot. You will probably want to change the resolutions now, you will have to edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file once again. In the Display section, find the sub section for your color Depth (I would recommend changing hte default color depth to 24 if it is not set that way already). Then add the resolutions for your display to the mode line. Restart X again, and it should be running with glorius high resolution accelerated graphics.
Initially, this did not work. Ubuntu failed to automatically detect and load a necessary driver. I fixed this simply by adding the line piix to /etc/modules.
Questions, suggestions, or comments? E-mail me: nricci01 'at' eecs 'dot' tufts 'dot' edu. Last updated 08/11/2007.