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Friday, June 13th, 2008

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Ubuntu Questions
Hello all, I have some questions about hardware support:
I am planning on buying a new computer, and in place of Windows Vista, I'd like to make full use of Ubuntu 8.04 (and future updates, as they are released) instead. My plans of use are some internet/IM, music, movies, and television. Some side projects (or hobbies) that I plan on doing may involve intensive 3D modding/rendering, and photoshop-like work. It will be hooked up to an HDTV, and run at 1080p, at all times. This is my configuration:

Hewlett Packard Pavilion Slimline s3420f

From this, I plan on doing some slight modifications and additions.


▪ 4GB DDR2 RAM @PC6400 speed
▪ Galaxy GeForce 8600GT 540MHZ 256MB 1.4GHZ DDR3 PCI-E VGA DVI TV Out Low Profile Video Card
▪ Remove the internal DVD caddy for an internal bay fan instead (adequate cooling for vid. card)
▪ External USB (and/or) Firewire DVD player/burner with Lightscribe
▪ Swap out the internal Hard Disk Drive for a 96GB custom Solid State Disk Drive (HDD will be used as external storage)
▪ AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid Volar Max (Analog/ATSC/QAM) USB TV tuner
▪ Windows MCE Remote
▪ Logitech DiNovo Edge keyboard
▪ Wireless mouse may also be used (I don't exactly like the mouse pad on the keyboard)

- For the graphics card: In Ubuntu forums, I have noted that some users are using a different driver (one that is specific to their card) instead of the default on that Ubuntu gives you. What specific driver, then, is available for my card?

- Is this USB tuner compatible? If not, then what is my best option for a USB TV tuner? I do plan on using two USB tuners, so that I may be able to watch, and record another TV station at the same time. Also, I am on cable that supports QAM, but can still pick up QAM without an additional box, as long as the tuner and MythTV supports both.

- I have noted on forums, a few months ago, that this keyboard is somewhat fully functional. Does this keyboard work 100% in 8.04, or is it still plagued with having to turn it off/on in order to get it to work?

Thanks for your help and suggestions.
Xubunutu Wireless
I am running x86_64 Xubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 on a Compaq Pressario f500 and having a hard time getting wireless to work on it. I have a Broadcom card and running iwconfig shows the following:

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"guest-net"
      Mode: Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: 00:0B:85:63:07:EC
      Bit Rate=48 Mb/s Tx-Power:32 dBm
      RTS thr:2347 B Fragment thr:2346 B
      Power Management:off
      Link Quality:59/100 Signal level:-58 dBm Noise level:-96 dBm
      Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
      Tx excessive retries:255 Invalid misc:86240 Missed beacon:0

I've installed ndiswrapper and that is the driver that shows up in the GUI connection information as well.

It looks to me as if everything should be working properly, but clearly it does not. I am not a pro at this, so any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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