Sunday, April 12, 2009

Fresh meat!

So I volunteered to be the new host, why me?

First off, I own one of these (2133, the 1ghz/4GB ssd), and use Ubuntu, and I've been using Linux since 1996 (Red Hat 4.02, Debian in 1999 or 2000, Ubuntu since 2006 or 2007).

I picked it up a month or so back, I wanted more that 1024x600 resolution, and to not spend much money or carry much weight, so this was it, unless I wanted to wait longer and spend more ($225 off of Craig's list, with a 16GB SDHC card, then $35 at Fry's for a 2GB of RAM).

I initially put Ubuntu 8.10 on it, had the 3D drivers working for a bit, but decided to upgrade to 9.04 beta. There are issues. I did a clean install to 9.04 beta, and that works much better. Still no 3D though. Working on suspend resume, it passes their torture test fine (SD card ends up mounted read only though), however resuming via the power switch leaves the card unmounted.

So I know what I am writing about next, getting suspend/resume I expect.

And a tip for today, enable CPU scaling.

open a command prompt,
cd /boot/grub/
back up the original (use what ever date or versioning you want)
sudo cp -p boot.lst boot.lst.20090312
edit the first line begining with "kernel" to add the following to the end:
acpi_osi="!Windows 2006"
I am not going to go into enough depth to walk someone through this who doesn't know how to edit a file as root.
My line looks like this:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=UUID=fd46592a-6dd0-4ecf-9d5b-3b71954df40f ro quiet splash acpi_osi="!Windows 2006"

Then reboot, right click on the bar at the top of the screen, pick "add to panel", add "CPU frequency scaling monitor", and then configure it.

Now your CPU speed (and thus power consumption) will vary based on how much you are making your CPU do.

Anyhow, more later.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Anyone who wanna manage the blog?!

Since i lost interest in my Hp 2133 and sold it this blog got to keep on going..right?
If there's anyone out there that's interested in manage this blog please email me at with information about your knowledge in Ubuntu and what you've got working so far on your Hp 2133 with Ubuntu.

Thanks guys!

Marcus Wiberg

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Yes, it's working!!

I was almost ready to throw my Hp 2133 out of the window due all the problems with it and Linux. But i finally got it working on Ubuntu, the blog reader "Thibault" told me his Ubuntu 8.10 works perfect but he installed Ubuntu 8.04 and used the built-in release upgrader to upgrade it to 8.10, so i took his advice and tried it... And surprisingly it worked just fine, but ju need to add live forcevesa But people on forums in registered to reported Ubuntu 8.10 should work without installing 8.04 and using the upgrader.

NOTE: You need to add live forcevesa and you cannot install when using the latest BIOS, you need to downgrade. F02 worked fine for me.

Wireless and Bluetooth - Wireless works after installing the recognized driver, bluetooth work out of the box .

Ethernet - Works out of the box

Sound - Works out of the box (I've noticed that sound can be turned up to a volume that the speakers cannot handle, be careful.)

Cardreader - Works out of the box

Graphic - The Via driver still got a lot to go, the vesa driver works better then i tought it would, Youtube and videos with small resolution works great. Driver guide will arrive be patient.

Webcam and mic - Webcam works out of the box with Cheese, to install go to the app guide. Mic didn't work with skype and some other application.

We got a new Moderator on the blog who got everything working on his 2133, including 3d. Welcome Alan.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 Game guide

Please note: to play these games you may have to have the latest (or beta) graphic driver installed to be able to play, please post your excperience.

PokerTH is a poker game, you can play the popular "Texas Hold'em" poker variant against up to six computer-opponents or play network games with people all over the world. PLEASE NOTE: ALL PACKAGES LISTED BELOW IS NEEDED!!

Download PokerTH
Download Data
Download PokerTH-Server
After download just hit install.

Tile Racer
Tile Racer is a freeware 3D stunt racing game which features realistic car physics and an in game track editor to create new maps to race on. PLEASE NOTE: ALL PACKAGES LISTED BELOW IS NEEDED!!

Download Tile Racer
Download Tile Racer-Data Data
After download just hit install.

OpenAlchemist is a new reflexion game which looks like Tetris but where you can take your time. Be a crazy alchemist and try to make new objects from those you get from the sky. PLEASE NOTE: ALL PACKAGES LISTED BELOW IS NEEDED!!

Download OpenAlchemist
Download OpenAlchemist-Data
After install just hit install.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Problems after problems

I still haven't got Ubuntu 8.10 working which is very surprising for me, never had these problems before. When i boot and try to start the live CD i get Kernel Panic, tried booting into different boot options but with no success, i also read on Ubuntu's wiki page and it says that everything should works fine... I have also tried with different BIOS updates like F02,F03,F04,F05 with no result.
I was able to install Puppy Linux and Damn Small Linux, but they really look like crap and i rather run Windows seven on it which works terrific. Can someone please confirm their Hp 2133 is working with Ubuntu 8.10? Im still working on it..

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

My hp 2133 arrived 6 days late due Christmas and bad weather conditions, im currently working on getting Ubuntu 8.10 work, be patient!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 Codec guide

Thanks to blog for their easy codec guide!
(please not that vlc media player will not be installed with this guide, if you want to install it go to the app guide)

This guide will allowing you to play Flash, Java mp3, aac, DVDs ,mp4, avi, wmv and many more formats.

In a terminal type:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex can not play encrypted DVDs or use certain Windows codecs out of the box. This guide will show you how to install the Medibuntu repository and these codecs.

Add the Medibuntu Repository
In a terminal type:
sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

Then you have to add the GPG Key to authenticate the packages and Update
In a terminal type:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

You may be asked to accept this package even though it cannot be authenticated. This is normal; typing "Yes" means you trust Medibuntu.

Download the encrypted DVD playback codecs
In a terminal type:
sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 libdvdread3

Download the Window codecs
In a terminal type:
sudo apt-get install w32codecs