Alright, I’ll explain a little and simple tutorial for installing Ubuntu 8.10 on Acer Aspire 4520. What’s Ubuntu? Intrepid-Ibex was released on October 2008 with some new features, tabbed file browser, new driver database, etc.

OK, let’s through to the point. The all that we need just, a burned Ubuntu-8.10-alternate-i386 CD. (I’m using i386 system here, amd64 system may have a different installation procedure). Why must an alternate CD? I’ve been tested a Desktop CD so many times, but a Ubiquity is always crash on last installation step. I don’t know the troubleshoot-solver so I just use an Alternate CD.

Here are the steps:

  • Prepare your favorite meal or a cup of coffee, because it may a long time (but I’m like a tea :p, ya whatever is belong to you)

  • Turn on your Acer Aspire 4520 laptop, don’t forget to set up a BIOS to booting from CD (I assume that you already know the way)

  • When a language pop-up menu is showing up, select your language, optionally you might check CD for defects if you sure that your CD free from defects select Install Ubuntu from boot CD menu.

  • After waiting a little, you’ll be noticed to choose your system language, just choose your language you preferred and press enter and then choose your territory, press enter

  • When the Detect keyboard layout dialog appeared, I recommend that you choose no. Select USA as your keyboard origin and USA-International (Alt Gr dead keys) as your keyboard layout.

  • After that, when configuring DHCP you may press cancel and skip this step if you’re not connected to INTERNET with DHCP network.

  • Fill out your Host name and select your time zone.

  • Now is the important part, yeah partitioning!! Don’t forget to backup your data, I’ll take no responsibility if your data messed up!!

  • Here is a simple Manual partitioning :

  1. create a ext3 partition (primary/logical), select / as mount point, done setting up the partition

  2. create a swap partition done setting up the partition

  3. finish partitioning and write changes to the disk, select yes

NB: a Linux Os have a special capability not like Windows Os, it could installed on primary/logical partition. I recommend that you have at least 4 GB disk space for Ext3 and have 256 MB swap if your RAM just 512 MB (if you’ve more RAM, you may reduce your swap). If you’ve a Windows installed on your HD you may ignore this, because the installer will not format/delete this. If you have a question, you’re welcome to post it here 😉

  • After finish partitioning and write changes to the disk, select yes and wait. Then fill your complete name, short name, password and confirm password.

  • When the system wide dialog appeared, you may press no, if you want to your home data not encrypted (other user may see) if you don’t want it, press yes.

  • Now you just sit and watching (drink your meal and coffee that we’ve prepared before :p) what the Installer do.

  • When the system clock dialog appeared just tell the installer what the truth :p,

  • Reboot and ta daaa!! We did it. .

My Intrepid

my intrepid with AWN, Screenlets and Globalmenu

WAITT!! How about Hardwares detection and installation???

OK, here is the list:

Video, nVidia 7000M : well detected, just install the nvidia-glx-177 and it dependencies via apt

Audio, Realtek HDA : works, without compiling anything.

Webcam, Acer Crystal Eye : Ekiga, Cheese and Skype can use it perfectly (I think ;))

Front Mic : works, just setting it via volume applet

Wireless Atheros : well detected, just install linux-restricted-modules

Ethernet : works, just use this

Card Reader, Ricoh : works, no patch needed

That’s all folks. .

Thanks a lot for visiting my newbie blog with a lack English :p

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