An Open Access Peon

03 December 2010

Ubuntu Maverick 10.0 on Acer Revo 3700

These are some rough notes on what I needed to get Ubuntu Maverick 32bit working on the Acer r3700.

wireless

While the kernel rt2860pci driver will run the wireless ok it will cause a hard-lock when it is unloaded (e.g. during shutdown). Thanks to Wolfgang Kufner and Marcus Tisoft for providing a solution - replace the kernel driver with a patched driver from Ralink for the rt3090 (comment #9): https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/662288.

sound over hdmi (stereo only tested)

Unmute all digital outputs in Alsa (use right cursor + 'M' until they are all green):
alsamixer -c 1
sudo alsactl store


Testing alsa:
speaker-test -D plughw:1,7


Setting pulseaudio to output via alsa:
sudo gedit /etc/pulse/default.pa


Uncomment and modify the line containing module-alsa-sink:
  load-module module-alsa-sink device=hw:1,7


suspend

Fails to suspend ... haven't found a solution yet.

1 Comments:

  • Courtesy of Dan Woods review at
    ebuyer.com
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/236579

    review by:Dan Wood rating:*****
    customer ratingoperating system:Linux

    I've just installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my new R3700.
    Everything works fine, and Ubuntu pulls down proprietary NVidia drivers which work well.

    However, I found that the driver for the wifi causes a problem when trying to shut the machine down. It just hangs, and you need to hold the power button down to shut it off.

    So, you might want to know how I fixed it:

    Open a terminal and type:
    sudo pico /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

    Now add this to the bottom of the file:
    blacklist rt2800pci

    Save the file (Ctrl+o)

    Now reboot (you'll still need to hold power button in this time!).

    You should now find your system restarts with a different wifi driver that behaves better on shutdown.

    By Blogger Mick, at 4:26 pm  

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