Ubuntu 9.10 Installation – Gateway GT5432

Gateway GT5432
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+
NVIDIA GEForce 6150SE (not in use)
Dual Acer x223w Monitors on Dual Head ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
WMP54G Wireless Mini-PCI Card


Installed Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. Created 2gb swap partition, 12gb root partition, and the rest went /home. Setup my user for auto login, waited for a few minutes while the install did its thing, and rebooted into my new Ubuntu system.


All network devices worked fine right out of the box. Manually setup a connection to my wireless (I prefer a static IP) using Network Manager applet. Selected “Available to all users” to avoid keyring dialogs. Connected.


I ran:
$ sudo apt-get update
And then used the Update Manager to install any updates I needed. I tried running the updates on the CLI, but there were so many updates that the command was interrupted by a locked database; The Ubuntu Update Manager popped up and cut the command off. Restart required.


Audio worked out of the box too. I like to keep my volume on my speakers up to max, so that I can control the volume through software (and often remotely). If no sounds have played in the last few seconds, a loud pop can be heard from the speakers when they are returned from power saving mode. To avoid this annoyance I simply turned off the power saving feature:
$ gksudo gedit /etc/pulse/default.pa
I commented out:
load-module module-suspend-on-idle


Video worked out of the box, but I went ahead and installed the proprietary drivers from ATI.
$ mkdir ~/driver
$ sudo sh ati-driver-installer-10-3-x86.x86_64.run --extract ~/driver
$ cd ~/driver/arch/x86_64/usr/X11R6/lib64
$ sudo ln -s libfglrx_gamma.so.1.0 libfglrx_gamma.so.1
$ cd ~/driver/
$ sudo ./ati-installer.sh -- --buildpkg Ubuntu/karmic
$ cd ~/
$ sudo apt-get install -f
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
$ sudo aticonfig --initial=dual-head --screen-layout=right --overlay-on=1
$ sudo amdcccle

I then changed to “Multi-display desktop (with display 2)” in CCC.
$ fglrxinfo
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
OpenGL version string: 3.2.9704 Compatibility Profile Context


Installed the following software with no problems:
$ sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update
$ sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2
$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
$ sudo apt-get install gnome-do
$ sudo apt-get install xchat-gnome
$ sudo apt-get install filezilla
$ sudo apt-get install openssh-server
$ wget http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/universe/z/zsnes/zsnes_1.510-2.1ubuntu1.1_amd64.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i zsnes_1.510-2.1ubuntu1.1_amd64.deb



I’m a web developer and designer, so I gotta have my LAMP stack.
$ sudo apt-get install apache2
$ sudo apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5
$ sudo apt-get install mysql-server

My www projects directory is located on an external NTFS drive. So, I had to make some changes in fstab to load my external drive with the correct permissions.
$ sudo ln -s /media/FreeAgent\ Drive/Projects/www /var/www/projects
$ sudo umount /media/FreeAgent\ Drive/
$ sudo mkdir /media/FreeAgent\ Drive/
$ sudo blkid
/dev/sdf1: UUID="7ED05D74D05D341D" LABEL="FreeAgent Drive" TYPE="ntfs"
$ gksudo gedit /etc/fstab

Added to /etc/fstab
# Adds external drive with read/write permissions (\040 escapes space)
UUID=7ED05D74D05D341D /media/FreeAgent\040Drive ntfs defaults 0 0

$ sudo mount -a
$ sudo rm /var/www/index.html
$ sudo apache2ctl -k restart


  • Xeross says:

    I’m currently also setting up Ubuntu myself for webdeveloping, however I’ll be using it on a USB stick.

    And with 10.04 the boot times are even faster.

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