Asus N10Jc : Mengaktifkan suara pada Ubuntu 8.10

Posted in Asus N10Jc, intrepid, linux, ubuntu on December 28, 2008 by rvshiro

Untuk mengaktifkan suara, lakukan langkah berikut :

$ sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base

tambahkan baris ini :

options snd-hda-intel position_fix=1 model=3stack-6ch-dig

Save dan reboot.

sumber : http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=6174925&postcount=4

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Instalasi Ubuntu 8.10 pada Asus N10Jc-HV006

Posted in Asus N10Jc, intrepid, linux, ubuntu on December 28, 2008 by rvshiro

Instalasi Ubuntu 8.10 pada Asus N10Jc pada umumnya mudah dan tidak memiliki hambatan yang berarti.
Hampir semua fungsi dasar bekerja dengan baik dan juga tombol-tombol pada keyboard.

Beberapa hal yang tidak bekerja sebagaimana mestinya setelah selesai booting Ubuntu adalah :
1. Suara
2. Kamera (bisa diaktifkan tetapi gambarnya terbalik)
3. Scanner untuk fingerprint tidak aktif secara default.

Kunci / tombol pada keyboard yang tidak berfungsi ketika ditekan tombol “Fn” :
1. Tombol C (ada gbr monitor bertuliskan huruf “S”)
2. Tombol V (ada gbr kamera)
3. Space bar (ada gbr org lari)
4. Tombol zoom (kedua sebelah kiri tombol power)
5. Tombol F2 (ada gbr antena pemancar).
6. Switch aktivasi wireless (disamping kiri, dkt konektor USB), hy berfungsi untuk on/off BlueTooth, sdgkan WLAN (Atheros) tetap nyala.

Untuk me-nonaktifkan wireles, bisa dilakukan melalui command line dgn perintah :

$ sudo ifconfig wlan0 down

atau melalui GUI, klik kanan pada bar wireless, kmd hilangkan tanda centang (V) pada “Enable Wireless”

Tombol yang harus dibuat patch / script :

1. Switch dual GPU di sebelah kiri notebook.
Tanpa script, Ubuntu hanya mengenal graphic yang digunakan pada saat instalasi.
Bila kita berpindah, maka X11 (GUI) tidak akan jalan… Command Line tetep bisa…

Disarankan mengaktifkan GPU Nvidia pada saat instalasi. Bila tidak diaktifkan, maka compizfusion tidak bisa digunakan.

Menyediakan tempat untuk Linux pada Asus N10Jc

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2008 by rvshiro

Asus N10Jc ada notebook keluaran Asus yang berada di kategori antara Netbook dan Notebook. Hal ini disebabkan spek yang dimiliki sebagian besar seperti netbook pada umumnya, tetapi memiliki kualitas yang jauh diatas rata2 netbook yang sudah beredar saat ini. Diantaranya adalah, pemakaian 2 GPU yaitu Intel GMA dan NVidia 9300M GS, 256 MB. Selain itu juga casing yang lebih berkualitas dan Wireless network yg sudah cukup high-end (kelas N, Atheros 9280).

Asus N10Jc, sudah dilengkapi dgn bundled OS yaitu Windows XP yang sudah terinstalasi dalam harddisk (160GB) dengan struktur (foto diambil menggunakan GNU/Linux Gparted dari sourceforge.net):

partisi-n10jc

Partisi 1 (/dev/sda1), Recovery, berisi sistem backup Windows XP.

Partisi 2 (/dev/sda2), berisi OS Windows XP

Partisi 3 (/dev/sda5), berisi data

Keseluruhan harddisk, secara default dari paket, sdh habis terinstall untuk Windows XP.

Untuk menginstal Ubuntu 8.10 dibutuhkan partisi kosong beberapa GB. Karena saya lebih banyak menggunakan Ubuntu dari pada Windows, maka saya berencana me-resize HD yang telah terpakai menjadi 40-an GB untuk XP dan sisanya 100-an GB untuk Ubuntu, tanpa memformat data / system yang ada. Karena apabila diformat, maka ExpressGate yang ada, akan ikut terhapus. Untuk merecovery ExpressGate, harus dilaukan melalui Restore Disc yg disertakan dalam paket N10Jc ini. Restore Disc tersebut bekerja seperti shadow image dan akan mengembalikan stuktur partisi HD seperti semula. ExpressGate ini masih tetap saya butuhkan mengingat akses boot yang cukup cepat dan pemakaian resource yang kecil sehingga sangat membantu apabila kita perlu terkoneksi ke internet dengan segera (booting XP cukup lama)

Untuk keperluan ini, saya membutuhkan software pengubah partisi yang bersifat opensource (seharusnya nggak perlu opensource, yg penting buat saya adalah software legal bukan bajakan), yaitu Gparted yg didapat dari :
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/. Yang dipilih adalah yg LiveCD. Kemudian saya burn. Lalu dimulailah langkah2 untuk  mengubah ukuran XP.

Gparted sangat mudah digunakan. Tinggal pilih booting menggunakan CDROM pada BIOS, masukkan CD gparted, reboot dan gparted akan masuk ke menu. Ikuti pilihan yang ada sesuai dgn hardware kita hingga muncul screen partisi HD seperti gambar diatas. System file yang digunakan XP adalah fat32, bukan NTFS.

Langkah 1, Pilih Delete dari partisi 3 diatas. Pilih “Yes’ atau ‘OK’ setelah itu partisi akan dihapus. Jangan lupa jg untukmen-delete /dev/sda3 -> extended partisi. Sehingga bagian itu skrg berstatus “Unallocated”

sda3-removed

Langkah 2, mer-resize ukuran XP (/dev/sda2). Pilih resize dari partisi 2 diatas, kemudian masukan angka 25000 pada bagian “New Size (MiB) :”, lalu tekan tombol “Resize/Remove”

Langkah 3, buat extended file dari bagian “Unallocated” tadi, lalu buat juga partisi fat23 (XP), sebesar 20000.
Sehingga didapat lah struktur akhir seperti gbr dibawah ini :

after-partition

Terdiri dari :

1. Partisi 1, 3.91GB
2. Partisi 2, Windows XP OS, 24.41GB
3. Partisi 3, Data, 19.53 GB
4. Unallocated 101.19 GB -> ini akan digunakan untuk instalasi Ubuntu.

Setelah ini selesai, barulah bisa dimulai instalasi Ubuntu.

Upgrading MSI Wind PC (Desktop)

Posted in msi wind with tags on November 9, 2008 by rvshiro

INTRO

After playing around for quite sometime, I manage to find some hardware for upgrading this machine.
I have read the manual that there are some devices that can be installed on the motherboard.

The instruction to open the box in the manual book is quite clear (“Removing the cover”, p3-3 p3-4). However, it doesn’t mention that there are 2 screws that must be unscrew (red circles) and some parts that should be aligned (blue circles) when you remove the drive (HD and CDROM) bracket.

fr-open

After you, succesfully, unscrew and pull forward. You can lift up the bracket but be carefull because there’s a cable from the bracket that attached to the mainboard. You have to pull up this cable (actually, it’s a front panel cable connector -> JFP1 on manual book)  and now you can freely take out the bracket

After removing the bracket, you will see the board layout like below pics.

board-tag

A. Blue circles
are board screws, there are 5 screws but on this pics I can’t see the 5th one. It should be on the back part near the VGA display connector.
B. Orange square
is another FAN connector, so there are 2 fan connectors on mainboard
C. Yellow square
is where the drive bracket cable attach to the mainboard
D. Green square (interesting one)
is a switch, not a power switch. This one located on the side part of the chassis. There’s no way I can reach it after I close the box unless I make a small hole at the side part of the casing. Maybe someone have tried to press it during the system running and would like to share with me, what’s the function of this button ? I guess it’s a reset button or overclocking button :):):).
Speaking of interesting parts, there are also 2 more connectors near JFP1 and the orange square (Fan connector). I still don’t know what they use for …

UPGRADING

As the title say, now we’re jump to the topic … UPGRADING.
There are several parts that I would like to upgrade and enhanced. Those are :

1. DVD ROM
As you see in the 1st picture, I already replace the original DVD-ROM with this Phillips SPD2514T DVD-RW drive.. The original one is just a combo drive that cannot write / read DVD-RW (only CD-RW).

2. Memory card (SO-DIMM)
The system came up with 1 GB so-dimm made by A-Data. I replace it to the max. limit of 2 GB with 2GB Corsair Value Select SO-DIMM.

sodimm-ori sodimm-new

3. Mini PCI-e card for wireless networking.
You might think, why I used mini PCI-e, why not W-LAN USB adapter since this box has 6 USB slots. It’s because I have bad experience with those kind adapter. It will getting hot after 2-3 hours running and performance suffer. I need a wireless network that’s capable of (at least) 30 days uptime (no reboot, no shutdown) though my target is 365 days.

I think this is the most difficult upgrade I know (at least in Indonesia, where I lived now). There are so many mini PCI network card but not mini PCI-e ones, I think because :

  • it’s new (just started in 2005 for notebooks).
  • usually is not sell separately (outside notebook) or like other network card which is commonly found for dekstop / standar motherboard (PCI).

Lucky, I still have some sources that I can rely on… some of my hacking community which I used to hang around with. Several brands came (I mean the chipset) i.e. Broadcomm, Atheros, Realtek and Intel. They are rainging up to N-draft wireless LAN PCI-e. But since compatibility for Linux is my main priority so I use the most adaptable one i.e Intel 3945ABG PCI-e according to this site. I wish to get the 4965AGN but it’s still a hotstuff. So I better skip it, maybe next time … but for now 3945ABG is enough for my needs.

net-3945abg

Along with the card, I also got the cable antenna (U.fl pigtail + antenna..)… It is Hitachi’s cable UL2080 which has 3 wires suitable for N-class wireless PCI-e (like Intel 4965AGN). But since I have 3945ABG, only 2 of 3 cables will be in use.

wlan-cable

Installing the card takes just less than 1 minutes. It’s very easy …. There’s only 1 screw hole instead of 2 on Wind moterboard to hold the mini PCI-e card. But I think it’s not a problem.

board-wlan
The yellow circles are my antennas attached to the casing with double-tape. It should be set near the back of the casing (near the fan), otherwise it will be a problem when you insert the DVD / HD bracket later.

4. Compact Flash card

I’m still not sure if I want to use this feature for my booting system. But it’s better to try. So pick V-Gen 4GB (I know there are 16Gbs hanging around somewhere) capacity which is more than enough for booting purpose (I still not try yet to set my booting system using this CF card as of this writing). Something annoying to install this card is that : you must take the board out of the casing. It will be done by unscrewing the board (see the blue circles on the 2nd pic above) and also the back side of the casing where the display connector screws exist.

back-case

Take out from the box to install it. There is no way you can install the CF card without taking out the board from the casing.

cf-card cf-install1

This is what I got when I open the BIOS ….

cf-bios
FINISH

Now all parts have been installed and it’s time to put it to the test.
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy.

Ciao…

MSI Wind PC vs Acer L3600 (design and dimension)

Posted in msi wind with tags , on November 5, 2008 by rvshiro

Recently, I have the opportunity to compare the physical dimension of MSI Wind and Acer L3600.
Acer is only several centimeters smaller than MSI Wind PC.

Though it’s smaller, I won’t buy it for 2 reasons :
1.Air vent position
The Acer position of its ventilation is on top (standing box position as in the pics below). While MSI air vent is at the bottom side (while it’s in standing position) with still reasonable space from the surface so…If something spill off (especially liquid thing), inadvertently, then the CPU will be damage.

2. The DVD drive is not an open-tray … it cannot read small diameter disc (mini disc) and very risky if something get jammed inside the drive (such peel-off label, etc).

For me Acer L3600 is a small-full-features box but not a good design (IMO).

Intrepid Ibex-compiz issue on MSI Wind PC

Posted in linux, ubuntu with tags , , , , , on November 2, 2008 by rvshiro

I have managed to install it on my MSI Wind PC to replace Linux Mint 5.0 Elyssa.
However, Advanced Desktop Setting is not come out of the box after Intrepid nstallation. This is different than Elyssa. I need to do a few more steps after installing Intrepid to get Compiz running.

Those steps are :
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
$ sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

After performing those, compiz work perfectly under Intrepid on my MSI Wind Nettop.
The name is change now to “Compizconfig Setting Manager” (System -> Preference -> Compizconfig Settings Manager)

To check, whether you Linux box can run compiz-fusion, you can download the script by running on terminal as follow :
$ wget http://blogage.de/files/4359/download -O compiz-check
$ chmod +x ./compiz-check

Run the script :
$ ./compiz-check

The result should be “OK” for all.

MSI Wind PC (desktop)

Posted in msi wind with tags , , on November 2, 2008 by rvshiro

MSI Wind Nettop is a barebone system from a well-known motherboard manufacturer, MicroStar International. The Nettop is a desktop version of MSI Wind Netbook (a sub-notebook class intend for net browsing and lite-office work). Since it’s a barebone system so tehre’s no input and output device included with the system (no monitor, mouse and keyboard).

It bundled with Linux Mint 5.0 O/S and driver for Windows XP. The power source come from a 19V DC adapter. So this system is more like notebook, but without battery.

The specification of the system :
1. Processor : Intel Atom N230 1,6 Ghz (non upgradable)
2. Memory : 1 slot x 1 Gbyte SO-DIMM from RData
3. DVD-drive : Lite-on DVD-ROM / CD-RW combo, SATA(Not DVD-RW)
4. Harddisk : 160GB Western Digital WD1600AAJS-2, SATA
5. Power consumption : 25W (idle) to 65W (processing)

The rest of the spec, can be seen here

The purpose of buying this product is to have an affordable machine which can run 24/7 all the time (I hope at least 1 year) with low running wattage that can perform light task such as word processing, net browsing, personal web server, p2p networking, etc. I’ve been looking for sometime, but so far the alternative is only come from notebook which is not suitable for this. Until recently, I heard about Mini-ITX, Micro and Pico size. But I still doubt about them. Then come the development of Atom processor by Intel. I keep monitoring the development until it’s ready for the market and mature enough.

My consideration include several factors i.e :
1. Processor, must consume low-wattage but still powerful enough todo office task
2. CPU casing form factor and weight, must be small enough to carry and light
3. Portability and connectivity, 6 USB connectors and card reader are quite enough
4, Storage feature, DVD and HD drive bay

After considering for quite some time, include comparing to other similar products, then I pick up this MSI system. I hope it will meet my expectation.