Linux Mint Isadora

11/07/2010 at 7:44 am 2 reacties

Problem with Brookdale chipset and Ubuntu?  Maybe it’s interesting to read this blog entry: https://janvandevoort.wordpress.com/2010/03/27/ubuntu-9-10-with-vga-intel-82845gglbrookdale-gge/

These last weeks, I had some crash problems on one of my Ubuntu computers, used by one of my children. It was installed with Ubuntu 9.04. The crashes would occur in Firefox (3.0): the system would freeze. Also, a game that worked just fine until recently under Wine, would  crash when using sound effects. Instead of trying to fix the problems individually, I decided to go for a full reinstallation of the computer, after having previously copied the /home/username/ data to a thumb drive, of course.

This PC is one of my PCs with an Intel Brookdale video chipset Intel Corporation 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device (rev 01)

Now since I had decided to do a full reinstallation, why not choose another distribution than Ubuntu 9.04? Why not try…Linux Mint, for example? If that wouldn’t work, I could always reinstall an older Ubuntu version. Linux Mint is a derivative from Ubuntu, with many additional packages and with some restricted extras, like Flash player,  already built in. I decided to go for the most recent version: Linux Mint Isadora. I knew the distribution already, and was pointed in that direction through a reaction to one of my posts: a reader mentioning the fact that some video problems occurring in Ubuntu did quite simply not exist in Linux Mint.

Linux Mint Isadora is based on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx, the most recent Ubuntu version. Like all Linux installation, installation of Linux Mint Isadora was a snap, and  the machine was ready after just two hours of work – or should I say a few clicks and some waiting time 🙂

Now about  the usage of the machine with Linux Mint Isadora: since this machine has this old Brookdale video chipset, and since I had some problems with it on another machine (with Ubuntu 9.10), I wanted to test pausing and hibernating the machine. I was prepared for some disappointment….but to my great surprise: it just worked flawlessly! Whether this is due to Lucid Lynx (the base system) or Isadora, I don’t know, but I know one thing for sure: this Linux Mint Isadora distribution is a very, very good one! And since it’s based on Ubuntu, all language packages are installed in the language of my choice.

Linux Mint Isadora

Linux Mint Isadora

There is one thing, however, one thing that doesn’t work any more: that’s the Windows game. When starting it, the screen just starts to flicker, and that’s the end of the story. I still have to find a solution for that problem. To be continued 😉 ( update november 7 2010 -> after installing the most recent Mint / Ubuntu patches…the game now just works 😉

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  • 1. Rick  |  24/07/2010 om 8:56 am

    Hm. seems you know a lot about this display controller.

    Drop me a line when you figured out how to enable 10.04+ with it.

    I moved over from Gentoo to Ubuntu 10.04 recently, and it can’t be true that I should first install 9 something to figure out which kernel module I need.

    Thanks in advance.

    Gr. Rick

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  • 2. Chris  |  08/11/2010 om 8:03 pm

    Rick – have a look at my comment about 10.10 on the blog entry linked to at the top – it may help.

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