I got a new computer a few months ago.
As you may have guessed, it didn’t have Ubuntu on it. I wanted Ubuntu. But every time I tried to install it, I was met with many obstacles. I received messages such as “I’m not going to start X, and I won’t tell you why” and “I won’t display this resolution for other unnamed reasons” from my beautiful new Dell.
I scoured the internet high and low, and after a difficult search and some trial and error, I found the information I needed to successfully install Ubuntu on my Install Ubuntu on Dell Dimension e510 with a 19 inch Ultrasharp 1907FP Digital Flat Panel moniter and 256MB PCI Express x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out) ATI Radeon X600 SE HyperMemory video card.
Before I begin, I want to say that I am 99% sure that there is a better way to do this. I, however, do not know what that way is, so I want to tell you how I got it to work so that the next poor soul like me who comes along might be able to stumble upon this post and have some of his or her pain relieved.
As of the time of writing this post, the latest version of Ubuntu available is 6.10 The Edgy Eft. Edgy, and its predecessor Dapper, both use a GUI for installation. This is where my problem was. I couldn’t get X (which runs the GUI) to start correctly. I needed to edit xorg.conf, but couldn’t since it was running off of the CD and a reboot lost any changes I made.
Luckily for me, I had an old Breezy disk laying around. I popped that in just for kicks and to see what would happen. Problem 1 solved. Breezy doesn’t use X for it’s installation, so I was able to install Ubuntu on to my hard drive.
However, I still couldn’t start X. So, I booted up in recovery mode to the command line. The problem was with my driver. It was using the “ati” driver by default. To get a driver that would work, I needed the fglrx driver.
sudo aptitude install xorg-driver-fglrx
Got it. Then, to enable it, I had to reconfigure X.
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
I selected “fglrx” as my driver. Then, when it asked what type of monitor configuration I wanted to do, I selected “medium” and then “1280×1024 @ 60 Hz,” restarted, and I was off and running in Ubuntu 5.10.
UPDATE:I forgot one thing. Before I continued below, I had to update from 5.10 to 6.06. THEN, use the command below.
One more problem. I want 6.10, not
5.10 6.06. No big deal. At a terminal, type
gksu "update-manager -c" and let ‘er rip.
If you’ve got any questions, or know of a better way to do this, leave a comment.
By the way, only one more week of football and I’ll be back to regular blogging (I hope).