Installing Ubuntu 7.10 i386 on an Averatec 2370

November 21, 2007 at 4:33 pm 7 comments

The following are instructions to install Ubuntu 7.10 on an Averatec 2370. I am installing the i386 of Ubuntu. While Averatec 2370 is a 64-bit machine, the laptop can only address 2 Gb of memory any way, so there is very little advantage in using a 64-bit OS.

  1. Boot the laptop using the Ubuntu CD.
  2. Press the first menu option to start Ubuntu.
  3. When the CD complete booting, click on the Install Icon.
  4. Follow the instructions. The options I would stop at is at the disk space, I change my drive to make the entire drive “/” except for a 1 Gb swap space. Since I have 2 Gb of memory, I don’t see a need for more swap space. After the installation is complete, click on the reboot button. Remove the CD and reboot. Login as the user you created in the install (WARNING: the splash noise will be set to maximum volume).

Most of the items will work just out of the box.

Post Installation Customization

Enabling the Software Repositories

Before you continue, enable all of the necessary software repositories:

  1. Login as a user with Sudo rights.
  2. Select the menu System->Administration->Software Sources.
  3. Check the option for main, universe, and restricted.
  4. Click on the update tab.
  5. Check the security update checkbox.
  6. Click on the close button.

Switching off the Synaptic’s Touchpad’s tapping

I do not like tapping, since it often cause me to click on something that I did not intend to click.

  1. Select Preference->Mouse.
  2. Click on the Touchpad.
  3. Uncheck the Tap to Click.

Setting the time to Local time

Actually, I prefer to use UTC, but I also plan to run Windows OS in Virtualbox. Even Vista does not support UTC properly, however Linux has no problems supporting both formats so I went with local time.

  1. Login as a user who can sudo.
  2. Right-click on the date and select Preference.
  3. You will be prompted to enter your password, enter it.
  4. Uncheck the checkbox for “Use UTC”.
  5. Right-click on the date and select “Adjust date & time”.
  6. Change the time to the local time and date.

Enabling Nvidia binary driver

Since I don’t do any gaming, I don’t really need 3D. Unfortunately, neither the VESA nor the “nv” dirver will allow suspend on this laptop. The problem appears to be the Nvidia hardware. When the computer suspend to disk, the Nvidia display adapter does not turn off. This problem cannot be fix until Nvidia release specs on how to turn off the display adapter. To get suspend, you must use the binary driver.

Before you start, make sure you have access to the internet, since Ubuntu must download the driver.

  1. Login as a user who can sudo.
  2. Select Administration->Restricted Driver Manager.
  3. Click on the enable checkbox and press Close.

Fixing a problem with display shrinking

Whenever you supend or hibernate, resume and then logout. The screen shrinks. To fix this problem, see the following blog.

Things that still does not work

  • Modem
  • When you plug in the headphones, the laptop speaker does not mute.
  • Wireless will occasionally drop connection and die.
  • When you suspend, the laptop will occasionally fail to wake up.

Entry filed under: Laptop, linux, ubuntu.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dryeyes  |  December 27, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    thanks, please keep me updated on other issues and how to change screen resolution please!!!

  • 2. Steve B  |  January 12, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Useful guide, thank you.

  • 3. BF4hir3  |  January 17, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks for the useful info.

    Can you help me how to install a clean(fresh) WINXP in 2300 Averatec.


  • 4. Jesse Hattabaugh  |  January 19, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Hello, I’m doing the same thing except that I’m using the AMD 64 version. When I boot from the CD it recognizes my wireless card and I can browse wirelessly. After installing it however, the wireless card doesn’t appear. What do I need to do?

  • 5. paulsiu  |  January 22, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Jesse, I tried using the AMD64 version and weren’t able to get a lot of things to work. I wouldn’t recommend using the 64-bit since there’s no advantage in using it.

  • 6. naza  |  May 17, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Installation guide for version 8.04:

  • 7. Laptop Accessories  |  October 29, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks for this information, its very helpful…


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