Ubuntulite on a Gateway Solo 9500 (Update)

May 13, 2008

So I’ve reverted back to xubuntu. I use the xubuntu alternate install CD. Due to the limited system resources on my Gateway laptop (less than a GB Pentium 3 and 256 KB RAM), I cannot use the regular install CD (it crashes midway through the installation). The alternate install CD works beautifully. I can get the entire install done in about 50 to 55 minutes.

Using Ubuntu as the yardstick for comparison, xubuntu looks great on the desktop. It has a nice blue wall paper. The selection of automatically installed packages is well devised. If I don’t need or want an application I am free to uninstall.

Initially, the screen resolution on my Gateway is set to 800×600 which is a bit too big for my tastes. After reading a multitude of blogs and articles, I have cobbled together a recipe to solve the screen resolution problem specific to my Gateway.
Run this command from a terminal:
sudo vi /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Make modifications to these sections of the file:
Section “Device”
Identifier “ATI Technologies Inc Rage Mobility M4 AGP”
Driver “ati”
BusID “PCI:1:0:0”
Section “Monitor”
Identifier “Generic Monitor”
Option “DPMS”
HorizSync 28-64
VertRefresh 43-60
Section “Screen”
Identifier “Default Screen”
Device “ATI Technologies Inc Rage Mobility M4 AGP”
Monitor “Generic Monitor”
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection “Display”
Depth 24
Modes “1024×768”

Perform a reboot. The screen resolution should now be set to 1024×768.

Now if only to get WPA2 to work with Network Manager or WICD using my Linksys WPC54G wireless card……..


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