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Update: This page is probably useless for two reasons. First, I no longer have the laptop it was based on. Second, everything on the page is fixed! I will leave it up for historical reasons.


I am running Ubuntu 7.04 on a Toshiba M55-S139 laptop.




Conquered issues

My USB mouse randomly dies, killing all USB ports. What the heck?



Update: I've discovered that this always happens while holding down a mouse button for a longish period of time. By avoiding drags, I can keep the mouse alive for much longer. I still want a fix, though.



This looks almost exactly like what's been happening. Maybe I'll have to try Debian Etch and see if that patch fixes it. If so, I guess I'll switch to Debian.





In grub, hit e to edit the boot line. Then move the selection over the kernel line and hit e again. Move the cursor to the end of the line and add the following:


noapic irqpoll pci=routeirq

Then hit enter to get our of line editing mode and b to boot the modified kernel line.


This will set you up until you power down or reboot. Edit /boot/grub/menu.list to make it permanent.



ATi has an official fix out. No need to play with Grub. In theory.




Broken by 6.10

Working in 7.04



7.04 worked, it's broken again in 7.10. Might have something to do with the ATi fglrx drivers.


Long boot times with upstart. I think there's one or two things that are timing out, holding everything up in the process.

Fixed! In grub, hit e to edit the Ubuntu entry. Then hit e again to edit the kernel line. Add profile to the end of this line. Hit enter, then b. Boot will take ages, but after that, things will go massively faster. Editing the /boot/grub/menu.lst and removing the splashscreen argument also seems to speed things up a bit, though I might be imagining it.


Touchpad functions active only after X reset

(Triggered by Edgy Eft upgrade)



Gone in 7.04. Surprise, surprise.


Gnome screensaver interrupts games, but Xscreensaver breaks the wake from hibernate

Fixed by Edgy Eft


The Ubuntu KDE build crashes like Windows 98, but more frequently.

Eft again.


Gnome's version of FTP is almost as bad as Windows.

Gftp rocks.


BSD-style bootscripts, a 'la ArchLinux

Actually, upstart in Eft did something like this, I believe.



StarCraft & Warcraft III don't run very well

Latest version of Wine from official site runs starcraft great, WarCraft III runs nearly as good as in Windows if you use the "-opengl" flag. Rather, it would, if I had a card not made by ATi

Really, it's pretty amazing how far Wine has come. I can pretty much pop in any game (in my library) more than two years old and have it run decently.



Big stuff

When this works, I'll have reached Linux nerdvana.


!!! Frequently, when logging out of Gnome, I cannot log back in.


Fixed! Run "sudo gdmsetup" and check the "reset the Xserver with each login

Happens after crashes where I need to reset X.org. If I leave it there for 15 minutes, the desktop comes up, leading me to believe there's some sort of Gnome process hanging things up. In the meantime, XFCE works fine.



I cannot connect to the university WAP enterprise network w/ LEAP auth.


Update: The university switched to a sane method of encryption, and Wicd can connect to it quite easily.


This thread looks promising: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=235655




Update: connection made, but only for about two minute periods. Need to figure out why I'm getting dropped or set up a script to reconnect after drops.


Here are the two config files I'm using.



##modprobe -r ipw3945 && sleep 3s;

##modprobe ipw3945 && sleep 3s;

##iwconfig eth1 essid letnet mode managed >/dev/null 2>/dev/null &

#wpa_supplicant -Dipw -ieth1 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf >/dev/null 2>/dev/null &

sudo wpa_supplicant -Dmadwifi -iath0 -c/etc/wpa_supplicant.conf

dhclient3 eth1 >/dev/null 2>/dev/null &











ssid="letnet" #change this to your network's name






password="YourPlainTextPasswordHere" #Yes, yes, I know.




My Intel Celeron M's power saving functions don't work

I get longer life in XP. The laptop gets hot under Ubuntu. Bad, very bad. Need to fix ASAP. None of the normal throttling features appear to be supported by the hardware. Need to figure out how Windows is faking them.





Lesser stuff


Ubuntu is kinda slow compared to ArchLinux.

It really is, but using XFCE, Thunderbird, and other relatively lightweightish apps speed things up.


Stuff I can live with until my next machine


ATi makes crappy Linux drivers.

See also, ATi integrated video cards in general. I'll go with Nvidia next time.


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