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Ubuntu 6.06 LTS on MSi Wind U100 Netbook

I installed Ubuntu 6.06 LTS on MSi Wind U100 yesterday. Standard install wouldn't work with the video card. I had to select safe VGA mode on Live CD start-up. So far, everything sees to work, except for two shortcomings:

  • Screen resolution is only 800x600.
  • Wireless doesn't work.

I managed to get the wireless to work (will post instructions later). But I did not get the screen resolution fixed.

I'm currently applying all the updates to Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. Maybe after updating everything, the screen resolution will get fixed. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 03 Dec 2009 17:25:51 +0000

The update didn't fix the screen resolution problem. But here is how to get Ubuntu 6.06 LTS to work with the Ralink RT-2700E wireless-N network card to work.

First, your computer must have a network connection to the Internet. Ubuntu 6.06 LTS recognizes the ethernet port on your MSi Wind U100. So use the ethernet port, an ethernet cable, and a router to connect your computer to the Internet. The driver installation script (detailed later), will use the Internet connection to install Ubuntu packages.

Next, you have to obtain the Linux driver for your WiFi card. You can use the Ralink RT-2860 driver that is on the Ralink web site. The current driver (at this writing) is 2009_0918_RT2860_Linux_STA_v2.2.0.0.tar.bz2. If the driver archive you got is different, then you'll have to change the script (detailed later) slightly.

Now, download the "install.bash" script that is attached to this message post. Place the "install.bash" script into the same directory as the Linux drive archive you downloaded earlier. Make this "install.bash" script executable ("chmod 700 install.bash") and execute it ("./install.bash"). Or execute it under bash ("bash ./install.bash"). It will compile the kernel, install the driver, and prompt you to edit some information. It's pretty much automated.

Once the installation script successfully completes, you just have to reboot your computer. The wireless card is now recognized under "System" -> Administration -> "Networking". You just have to supply the necessary network configuration to get your computer onto the network.

Attached File: install.bash (2 KB)

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 03 Dec 2009 18:19:29 +0000

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