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Linux Mint Isadora

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

Tabbing and browsing your way through Ubuntu applications

As intuitive as any system may seem, whether it’s Windows 7, Ubuntu Linux Desktop, OpenSuse, or whatever operating system, a lot of computer users often have problems with one basic thing: changing from one application (or window) to another. Back in 1990,  with Windows 3.0, one needed to use the key combination Alt-TAB to switch applications…and yes, it still works! …whether you’re using Ubuntu, Windows, or whatever operating system. For Ubuntu, If you’re not such a keyboard user and more of a mouse user, there are two very fine ways of switching between applications with the mouse.  On an Ubuntu machine with a less performing graphics card (like the Intel 8245G/GE or similar)  that does not support Desktop Effects,  have a look at  the Window Picker Applet. It’s not installed by default, but you can install it easily through System -> Management -> Synaptic. Search for a packet called window-picker-applet, select to install it, and install it. Once you’ve installed the software (that will only take a couple of seconds), add it to your Gnome Panel. And whether you use one, two, or tens of virtual screens, your Window Picker will allow you to easily navigate through all of your screens with just one click!

window-picker for gnome panel

window-picker for gnome panel

If you have an Ubuntu 9.10 machine with a graphics card that does support Desktop Effects, you should really have a look at the Avant Window Navigator. This piece of software is also not installed by default, but it’s available in the Ubuntu Software Center on your Ubuntu 9.10 computer. It’s a Mac OS X  Leopard-like toolbar that sits on the bottom of your desktop. When starting an application, an icon will smoothly appear in the toolbar. When shutting down the application, it will smoothly disappear, and the toolbar will rearrange itself. Have fun!

avant window manager

avant window manager - click to enlarge

10/04/2010 at 10:49 am Plaats een reactie

Ubuntu 9.10 with VGA Intel 82845G/GLBrookdale-G/GE

Problem with Ubuntu and Brookdale video chipset? Maybe it’s interesting to read this blog entry also: https://janvandevoort.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/linux-mint-isadora/

This article applies to Ubuntu 9.10, not to Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)

Do not attempt to apply the steps described in this article to Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), the steps will quite simply not succeed

There are quite some articles on the Internet about Ubuntu 9.10 and the Intel 82845G/GL video controller not working smoothly together. Indeed, without the xorg.conf file (which is located in /etc/X11), and without the proper driver version,  an Ubuntu 9.10  machine with that specific video controller will work, but it will quite often suffer hangups. With a static xorg.conf file in the /etc/X11/ directory however, and with the video section (in italic) as shown beneath, and with Intel video driver 2.4 … I  myself have had no problems at all on my Ubuntu 9.10 machine. According to the Ubuntu wiki, there are quite some more 9.10 machines with that controller that work smoothly with the Intel 2.4 driver. Maybe it’s just a speed issue – and using an older driver for older hardware solves the speed problem.  If you want to try the solution, check it out yourself, and leave your results  as a comment.  The only thing I had to do after applying the Intel 2.4 video driver was to restart the machine because of a black screen, just after applying the driver version. After applying the patch, I commented the extra lines (deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/siretart/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main and  deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/siretart/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main) in /etc/at/sources.list, since the only thing I needed was the 2.4 video drivers. Ever since, I  have been using this configuration  without one hangup. I have been able to change user back and forth, etcetera, everything just works fine. The only things that do not work on my machine with this configuration are hibernation and pausing the machine. Nor am I able to use fancy Desktop Effects, but that’s just due to the limitations of the chip itself.

Here is my working xorg.conf file:

Section “Device”

Identifier   “Intel Corporation 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device”
Driver      “intel”
BusID      “PCI:0:2:0”

EndSection

Section “Monitor”
Identifier    “Configured Monitor”
EndSection

Section “Screen”
Identifier    “Default Screen”
Monitor        “Configured Monitor”
Device        “Configured Video Device”
EndSection

You can check the PCI id of your controller with the terminal command:

lspci | grep VGA

the first section shows the PCI id:

lspci | grep VGA
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device (rev 01)

Here is my kernel version:

Linux  2.6.31-20-generic #58-Ubuntu SMP Fri Mar 12 05:23:09 UTC 2010 i686 GNU/Linux

…and a quick printscreen of the controller and the screen resolution…

graphics intel brookdale

graphics intel brookdale

27/03/2010 at 10:34 am 12 reacties


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