Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 19th Apr 2007 18:13 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu The Ubuntu team is proud to announce version 7.04 of the Ubuntu family of distributions (more info here and here). Ubuntu 7.04 is also the basis for new 7.04 releases of Kubuntu (screenshots) and Edubuntu. Ubuntu 7.04 will be supported for 18 months on both desktops and servers. Here is a review of Feisty Fawn, and it also seems that Michael Dell has it installed too. Get it while it's hot.
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No Luck With Compaq Laptop
by jello on Fri 20th Apr 2007 04:44 UTC
jello
Member since:
2006-08-08

Already tried Linux Mint a few weeks ago with the same problem:
Ubuntu Linux does recognize the hardware, but doesn't load the needed driver.

This is the error message:
Loading hardware drivers
firmware_helper[a number]: main: Error loading /lib/firmware/bcm43xx_microcode5.fw for device /class/firmware/000:03:00.0 with driver (unknown)
bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx.microcode5.fw" not available or load failed

After a few more lines of messages Linux tries to initialize the network and stops working.

Have to do a hard reboot.

I tried the 64bit version of Ubuntu (Linux Mint was 32bit) because I have a AMD Turion 64x2 CPU with 2GB of ram, but it looks like to get a 64bit OS and start programming in 64bit I have to install Windows Vista 32bit (free upgrade version) over WinXP-MCE, get the real product key (instead of the oem product key on the label) and order a 64bit DVD and install it.

How sad is that...

Edited 2007-04-20 04:51

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RE: No Luck With Compaq Laptop
by alvinchey on Fri 20th Apr 2007 15:49 in reply to "No Luck With Compaq Laptop"
alvinchey Member since:
2007-04-20

Based on the error message, you probably have a Broadcom wireless card. The firmware is also needed besides the driver.

For my Slackware 11.0, I extracted the firmware with bcm43xx-fwcutter. This program will extract the firmware from the wifi card driver files. You will need to copy the extracted firmware files into /lib/firmware.

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RE: No Luck With Compaq Laptop
by Devilotx on Fri 20th Apr 2007 17:16 in reply to "No Luck With Compaq Laptop"
Devilotx Member since:
2005-07-06

I hear you, I have the same issues with my HP Pavillion DV6110US,

My advice, boot in VGA mode with noacpi passed at boot, install it that way, then get the Nvidia drivers (latest) installed, that fixes it.

I had hoped fiesty would be a smoother install then edgy was, but I was wrong. I blew out my vista install, tonight I get to rebuild it again ;)

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pcdoctor Member since:
2007-03-05

"I had hoped Fiesty would be a smoother install then Edgy was, but I was wrong.
I blew out my Vista install, tonight I get to rebuild it again ;) "


Was that Ubuntu that screwed-up, or GRUB ??

I visit the Ubuntu section at linuxforums dot org
and am constantly astonished at the repetitious volume of dual-booting complaints re.GRUB, on and on they go.

I just use separate hard drives for separate Operating Systems,
and avoid any of this recurring GRUB-malfunction nonsense.

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