Install Ubuntu in a LG E300 – ATI Radeon™ Xpress 1250

= This will go in English in an attemp to reach a wider audience =

Recently i’ve bought a LGE E300, pre-shipped with Windows Vista Home Premium.
Curious by nature i´ve tryed to install Linux on this little machine.
Many problems have been around, tryed with Fedora 9 (i368,x86..), and Ubuntu.

In a sun beam, the answer come from Ubuntu. After searching a bit here are the steps to make this work:

sudo update-pciids (Info at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=503695)

after this do (Info at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=414194)

= This will go in English in an attemp to reach a wider audience =

Recently i’ve bought a LGE E300, pre-shipped with Windows Vista Home Premium.
Curious by nature i�ve tryed to install Linux on this little machine.
Many problems have been around, tryed with Fedora 9 (i368,x86..), and Ubuntu.

In a sun beam, the answer come from Ubuntu. After searching a bit here are the steps to make this work:

sudo update-pciids (Info at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=503695)

after this do (Info at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=414194)

  1. Boot using PC (Intel x86) alternate install CD for Ubuntu or Kubuntu.
  2. Start text mode installer and install Ubuntu/Kubuntu.
  3. Finish Install and reboot.
  4. Update package list and upgrade any packages needed.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  5. Install fglrx closed source driver for ATI video cards.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx
  6. Update loaded modules.
    Code:
    sudo depmod -a

After this you have to modify your / etc/X11/xorg.conf in such a way that it includes the driver. This is very important and make me stuck a bit in get X work, because aticonfig gives a error. So you have to edit and complete it with:

Section “Device”
   …
   Driver     “fglrx”

   …
 EndSection

Resuming the tutorial…

  1. Configure / etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Code:
    sudo aticonfig --initial
    sudo aticonfig --overlay-type=Xv
  2. Reboot

After this Ubuntu will boot and starting with X perfectly 🙂

9 Comments

  1. Just wondering: is “everything” else working? Things like webcam, battery power detection, stuff like that?

  2. Hello, after some tests i’ve decided to only use windows on this notebook because, precisely all that stuff failed to work. Let’s see:

    – Wireless : It has detected my wireless network, however unable to connect to it.

    – Battery: It detected the battery level, but other functions present in LGs software will never work, because there isn’t any support by LG to this.

    – Screen bright – how to control it ?

    – FN Keys to control bright, wifi, bluetooth wont work.

    – Display leds – all the display leds except the power, HDD, battery were turned off. Don’t have the cluest ideia how to change that.

    So, as i have to quickly have the notebook able to work, and in mather that my wife only use it in windows i’ve decided to convert it a Windows Machine, specilally because it’s already Windows Vista licenced.

    However it was a good exercise to install Ubuntu in this machine

  3. I’m verry interested in getting this done… with my usim built in and bluetooth/wifi working…. is this possible? have anyone tried it with success?

  4. what ubuntu version ? 8.04 ??

  5. Hello,
    I’m willing to buy a new laptop and I like this one, E300.
    Having used it, do you advise me to buy one?
    I mean how good is that laptop in terms of performance and solidness ?

  6. I’ve got an LG E300 and been running Ubuntu on it for a while. The ubuntu 7 was pretty crappy on this hardware.

    All versions of ubuntu kept giving me IO-APIC timer not connected error on boot. noapic boot option helped a bit on 804 but caused other problems. works ok on 8.10

    8.04 had massive issues with USB dying/crashing – also brightness didn’t work. Wifi only works when you set up wext (not ndiswrapper). Also some major I/O issues – like the whole thing freezing until you move the mouse (file transfers, everything would stop). ACPI broken except for battery states. webcam works.

    8.10 ACPI better but still broken – no hibernate, no soft-reset (freezes at BIOS and then have to hold the power off button). USB still flakes out often but will eventually come back in USB1.1 mode for super slow transfers. occasional hangs when copying from USB HD to USB stick for example (think it’s power management).

    All versions incredibly slow ATA transfer (but see https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-source-2.6.20/+bug/119730 – I don’t think this has been resolved) . Graphics not outstanding (never tried much in windows before though).

    Have never tried the bluetooth.

    I did some reading into the ACPI tables & IO-APIC business and it looks as if LG just didn’t bother making it standard or linux compatible.

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