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Dell Vostro 1000 with Ubuntu Linux 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon

Tested on Ubuntu Linux 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon 32bit / i386. (2008-07-25)

The installation steps on this page resolve the following issues:
As I encountered some major annoyances with Ubuntu Linux 8.04 Hardy Heron 64bit (Flash/Java/PDF, Pulseaudio, scanner), I decided to take a safe approach for the Dell Vostro 1000 notebook and installed the Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon 32bit / i386 version.
  1. Download Ubuntu 7.10 Alternate and burn the image to cd.

  2. Optional: Install Windows XP on the first part of your harddisk for a dual boot installation.

  3. Start windows and activate the wireless card (Fn+F2). The WiFi LED should be switched on by now.

  4. Reboot and enter the BIOS (F2). Disable the setting: "Wireless Hotkey Control".

  5. Reboot and enter the Ubuntu Linux 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon alternate installation cd. Select the first option "Install in text mode" and press F6 to change the boot options. Add noapic to the boot options.

  6. At the configuration of xserver-xorg set the screen resolution to 1280x800.

  7. After finishing the installation reboot and enter the boot manager GRUB (ESC). Choose the the recovery mode.

Option A: Automatic installation

Download and execute an automatic installation script, that includes the commands of Option B (Manual installation) on this page.
  1. Download the first Vostro Install script

    Option EN: English Keyboard (xorg section)

  2. Option DE: German Keyboard (xorg section)

  3. Run installation script 1
    sh vostro-install-1*

  4. After rebooting enter the boot manager GRUB (ESC). Choose the the recovery mode.

  5. Run installation script 2
    sh vostro-install-2*

  6. Proceed with the manual installation at step "Update the installed packages and reboot."

Option B: Manual installation

  1. Fix the font update bug (/usr/share/fonts: failed to write cache):
    find /usr/share/fonts /usr/local/share/fonts /var/lib/defoma/fontconfig.d -type d -print0 | sudo xargs --null touch

  2. Optional: Remove the CD-ROM as installation source.
    sudo perl -p -i.bak -e 's/deb cdrom/# deb cdrom/g' /etc/apt/sources.list && sudo apt-get update

  3. Update the existing installation.
    sudo apt-get upgrade

  4. Reboot and start again with recovery mode when starting with GRUB.

  5. sudo echo -e "\nDISABLED_MODULES=\"fglrx\"" >>/etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common

  6. sudo /etc/init.d/linux-restricted-modules-common start

  7. sudo depmod -a

  8. sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential debconf dh-make fakeroot gcc-3.3 libstdc++5 module-assistant dkms debhelper

  9. Download the proprietary ATI driver.
    sudo wget --no-check-certificate

  10. sudo chmod +x ati*

  11. sudo ./ati* --buildpkg Ubuntu/gutsy

  12. sudo dpkg -i fglrx-kernel-source_*

  13. sudo dpkg -i xorg-driver-fglrx_*

  14. sudo dpkg -i fglrx-amdccc*

  15. Backup the existing xorg.conf file.
    sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak

  16. Download a xorg.conf file.

    Option DE: German Keyboard (xorg section)
    Working English xorg file.

    Option EN: German Keyboard (xorg section)
    Working German xorg file.

  17. sudo mv xorg*.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf

  18. Download the working compiz configuration file and replace the default version.
    wget && sudo mv compiz /usr/bin/compiz && sudo chown root /usr/bin/compiz && sudo chgrp root /usr/bin/compiz && sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/compiz
    Or manually edit the file /usr/bin/compiz and update the settings with the text with yellow background.
    sudo gedit /usr/bin/compiz
    COMPIZ_BIN_PATH="/usr/local/bin/" # For window decorators and compiz
    COMPIZ_BIN_PATH="/usr/bin/" # For window decorators and compiz
    COMPIZ_NAME="compiz" # Final name for compiz (compiz.real)
    COMPIZ_NAME="compiz.real" # Final name for compiz (compiz.real)
    WHITELIST="nvidia intel ati radeon i810"
    WHITELIST="fglrx nvidia intel ati radeon i810"
    Working compiz file.

  19. Install the Compiz Manager.
    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

  20. Fix brightness control keys (FN + increase/decrease brightness).
    wget && wget && sudo mv /etc/acpi && sudo mv /etc/acpi && sudo chmod +x /etc/acpi/ && sudo chmod +x /etc/acpi/

  21. Reboot and start with the default GRUB option.

  22. Update the installed packages and reboot.

  23. Download the WiFi firmware with your browser:

  24. Activate the WiFi card with the Restricted drivers manager and choose the previously downloaded wl_apsta-

  25. Install software.

related links

Gentoo Wiki: Dell Vostro 1000

Unofficial ATI Linux Driver Wiki: Ubuntu Gutsy Installation Guide

Ubuntu Wiki (German): ATI-Grafikkarten fglrx manuelle Treiberinstallation

Ubuntu Wiki: Broadcom Wireless in Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy)

Sonia Hamilton Blog: /usr/share/fonts: failed to write cache Brightness Control doesn't work on Dell Vostro 1000

Linux Wireless: b43 and b43legacy

TuxMobil: Linux Laptop & Notebook Installation Guides: DELL

Linux on Laptops: Running Linux on Dell Laptop and Notebook Computers

Youtube: search for "Vostro 1000"

Ubuntuguide: Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)