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Slackware 12 on Acer Aspire 5920g
18.11.2007 [PHCN]2l8

This is my first tutorial about installing a linux distribution. I hope it will help you.
A lot of information was taken from here.
If you want to contact me, email to 2l8 at phcn point de.


Partitioning
I recommend using the gparted live cd for partitioning.
For some reason it told me that my partition table was corrupt.
So i decided to get rid of Windows Vista by deleting the whole partition table.
Remember: Don't forget to make a Installation DVD as it is described in the manual or you won't be able to install Vista again.
You will have to send your laptop to Acer, which is quite expensive because it isn't included in the guarantee.

You will need around 6GB for the standard installation. Also remember to allocate some space for the swap partition.

Installation
Boot from DVD -> Standard Installation, you shouldn't encounter any problems

Setting the right resolution
open your /etc/X11/xorg.conf
There should be a line with Modes and a few resolutions.
Just add "1280x800" to them, save the file and restart your xserver with CTRL+ALT+BLACKSPACE.

Kernel
Compiling the kernel:
cp -rp /boot/config-2.6.. /usr/src/linux/.config
cd /usr/src/linux/
make
make modules && make modules_install
cp /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/kernel2.6.21.5

Now edit the lilo.conf:
vim /etc/lilo.conf

Add the lines(Press Insert):
image="/boot/kernel2.6.21.5"
root="/dev/sda1" #You have to adjust this line to match your root partition, If you don't know what to insert, just look at the image="/boot/vmlinuz" line, it should be the same.
label="Kernel2.6.21.5" #Feel free to name your own kernel like you want

Close the editor and save changes with
ESC(to exit insert mode)->:wq
run:
lilo
Running lilo is important, forget it and your system won't boot!

Wireless
I used Ndiswrapper to get my wireless card working.
Get it from here.
After downloading it, change into your download directory and type in the following commands:
tar xzf ndiswrapper.tar.gz //Feel free to change to the appropate value
cd ndiswrapper
make
make install //you have to be root for that

Now get the Windows XP drivers for the card.
WLAN Drivers

Unzip the drivers and load them with the following commands:
mkdir tmp
cd tmp
unzip ../V11.1.1.0_XP_DRIVERS.zip
ndiswrapper -i NETw4x32.INF
modprobe ndiswrapper //You have to be root for that

NVIDIA Drivers
Get the drivers from here.
To run the installer kill your xserver and set the executable flag on the script:
chmod +x ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-100.14.11-pkg1.run
./NVIDIA-Linux-x86-100.14.11-pkg1.run

Webcam
uvcvideo works fine for me.
get it via svn with the following commands:
svn checkout svn://svn.berlios.de/linux-uvc/linux-uvc/trunk
cd trunk
make
make install //root is required for this step

modprobe uvcvideo //to load the module

Running "dmesg | grep uvc" should give you the following response:
uvcvideo: Found UVC 1.00 device Acer CrystalEye webcam (064e:a101)
usbcore: registered new interface driver uvcvideo

Before you can use your webcam, you have to give you the rights to use the video input with
chmod 777 /dev/video0

You can test your webcam with luvcview.
Just google and install it, remember to run it with the -f parameter to set the correct format:
luvcview -f yuv

Multimedia Buttons
To get the volume controller and the mail/browser buttons working get xbindkeys.

Get a .xbindkeysrc it from here.
Copy it to your home directory and run xbindkeys.
If you don't want to run xbindkeys everytime you start up, add it to your .kde/Autostart/ directory.
You can do this with the following command:
ln -s /usr/bin/xbindkeys ~/.kde/Autostart/xbindkeys

The End
I hope this guide will help anybody and if there are any mistakes in it, feel free to email me.


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