64studio install and setup on a Dell XPS m1330
I'm posting this in hopes that it will be useful to others and save them from doing the (admittedly, relatively little) legwork to get a similar laptop multimedia production system up and running. It's going under "installation" because I don't know where else it should go -- if an admin has a better location, please move it there :) ------------------------------------ Install from: 64studio 32-bit 2.1rc2 install dvd NOTE: I choose 32-bit for compatibility, especially for VSTi's (specifically, Pianoteq). If there was solid 64-bit VSTi support, I would do that instead. Destination: Dell XPS m1330, Intel T5250 Core2 Duo 1.5ghz, 2gb RAM, 120GB WD hdd, 8x DVD RW, Intel HDA 2.0 integrated audio (Echo AudioFire2 firewire -- not supported), Intel X3100 GM965/GL960 integrated graphics, Intel Pro 3945ABG wireless, Broadcom BCM5906M Fast Ethernet, Ubuntu 8.04 32-bit pre-existing O/S The install is straightforward -- no special boot parameters are necessary. The only glitch is minor, with the ethernet detection: Perhaps because the tg3 module included with the release is outdated(??), setup wants to pretend that there is no network interface installed, and asks if you want to use FireWire as ethernet. You can just say no. In order to move on, you have to "agree" that there is no ethernet card. It is fine -- setup actually has detected and installs it properly, and wired networking works out of the box. It just doesn't want to admit it :) My personal partition setup is as follows (values are approximate): sda1: Ubuntu 8.04 / 10gb sda2: extended 97gb sda3: 64studio / 10gb sda5: /home for Ubuntu 94.5gb sda6: swap 2.5gb (for hibernation) Everything is partitioned and formatted except for sda3. Setup will format sda3 and sda6 on install. I use the advanced/manual partition setting to ensure control over the process (my peace of mind), but your important files on other partitions should be backed up before you proceed, to be safe. Setup also does a good job of detecting Ubuntu and creating a dual-boot setup, with 64studio as the primary boot option :). If you want to uninstall one operating system or the other at a later time, you can simply delete the partition (using gparted or cfdisk). Save yourself some trouble and reinstall the bootloader: sudo grub find /boot/grub/stage1 root (hd [you can use
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Do this before the next time you shut down/reboot, otherwise you will have to recover from a livecd.