Edit: I no longer a Compaq Presario V2000, so I can no longer provide help for any issues you may be having with Ubuntu.
I’ve had good experiances with Compaq and Linux (except for Redhat), but getting Linux fully operational on my Presario V2000 laptop was another story. But I finaly got 3d and WiFi working. Here are the tutorials I used, one found at the Ubuntu forums, the other at WordPress.com.
A Fast Way To Install ATIand NVIDIA Drivers
One of the first questions Linux users often ask, after installing their distro of choice, is “How do I install Nvidia drivers?” Although the process has been hit and miss in the past, one of the best solutions that I have come across is Envy for the Ubuntu distribution. The process is breathtakingly easy and works like a charm everytime. Since version 0.8.1 Envy now installs Ati drivers as well as Nvidia. The process is as easy as :
sudo dpkg -i envy_0.8.1-0ubuntu6_all.deb
then press Alt+Cntrl+F1 to kill X-Windows and type
at the terminal. From there press a few “Yes” and you have the latest stable Nvidia drivers installed on your computer. The program even brings you back into X-Windows. Envy is one very sweet script. The author of the program is Alberto Milone, better known as tseliot in the Ubuntu Forums. He was nice enough to answer to some questions on Envy, as well Ubuntu.
*Note for users of previous Envy versions you should first do these two steps before the installation of version 0.8.1
sudo aptitude purge envy
sudo rm -R /usr/share/envy
HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards
This HOWTO is for people who have a Broadcom 4318 Wireless card in their laptop. This card can sometimes be a bit difficult to setup, so I have provided a working method (for me, anyway).
To check if you have a Broadcom 4318 Card, open up the terminal (click the Applications button, then Accessories, and then Terminal) and run (just copy and paste the code from the code boxes throughout the HOWTO [in the terminal, this is done by right click anywhere and clicking paste, ctrl+v doesn’t work])
lspci | grep Broadcom\ Corporation
If your output looks similar to
0000:05:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
or you can see the string BCM4318 in the output, then this should work for you.
Please note that this was really designed to be run on a very fresh install, right after Ubuntu has come up for the first time. It is mostly likely to work then. If you have tried other attempts at making this card work, I have no promises for you, but it only takes two minutes, so it is worth a shot (most people can get it to work, even on a not-so-fresh install).
The point of this HOWTO is to make it as simple as possible (not to educate people – if you want to know how this works, open the script and read it) for people who have just installed Ubuntu for the first time, so I wrote a script and have provided a set of drivers that worked for me. Not all drivers will work with ndiswrapper, so please use the ones I have provided.
The script requires no internet connection after it is downloaded…all required files are on the CD you installed Ubuntu with, and the package manager should recognize this.
Download http://ubuntu.cafuego.net/pool/feist…buntu2_all.deb and double click it to install. Reboot. Enjoy wireless.
Dapper and Edgy
- Put the CD that you installed Ubuntu with in the CD drive.
- Download this file to your Desktop (the Firefox default, so if you haven’t changed it, that’s where it went/will go).
- Open a terminal (click the Applications button, then Accessories, and then Terminal)
- Change the current directory to the desktop (copy and paste the following commands exactly into your terminal by right clicking anywhere on the terminal and clicking paste)
- Extract the compressed file
tar -xf bcm4318*.tar.gz
- Run the script, which will install ndiswrapper on your system, and set it up.
- Use the internet (you will have to open the System menu at the top of the screen, go to Administration, and then click Networking. Configure the interface eth1 or wlan0, and connect to your wifi network)
- If you are an Acer user, you will need to use the acerhk driver.
- If it doesn’t work, reboot.
- If that doesn’t work, read the troubleshooting section below.
- If you still can’t make it work, try reading this post by The Raven, which is so long I can’t even fit it in here without doubling the length of the post
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