Radeon X1550 or RV505

I got six new computers which specifications are :

MB : MSI K9AGM3-FIH ( sound : Azalia / ALC888 )
VGA : GigaByte GV-RX155128D-RH ( RV505 )
Proc : AMD Athlon64 X2 4800+
HD : Seagate SATA 80GB

Installing Edubuntu Gutsy Gibbons on this unit need an extra patient and search, since i can not find the driver for the display which identified as RV505. I also can not find the driver on ATI driver site. After some times…..here is the way !

If you are trying to install Hardy,
the installation will be flawlessly
and you just need to make ATI enable in Hardware Drivers
( previously recognized as restricted drivers )
xorg-deriver-fglrx will automatically installed
finish the process by reboot
then install compiz...set it...run it

First of all; boot from Edubuntu liveCD and when the installation menu appears; press F6 and it will display Boot Options command like;

file=/cdrom/preseed/edubuntu.seed boot=casper/initrd.gz quiet splash -- 

erase “quiet splash –” by pressing backspace button, so it became;

file=/cdrom/preseed/edubuntu.seed boot=casper/initrd.gz

then press enter

The processes will run and will end up with no GUI but a blue screen with a log info printed out
press OK and then you will see the screen displayed something like :

* Running local boot scripts (/etc/rc.local)

and with the cursor keeps blinking

then press ctrl+F2 to bring you to the prompt to type

sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

choose vesa then ok
choose the screen resolution then ok

the monitor will blink again for a while and bring you to login window…..just let it login in 10seconds automatically (if you are back to the prompt, type startx , later on you will be asked to press ctrl+F7 for the default GUI )

Now you can install edubuntu

When the installation finished, restart the computer and login to edubuntu.

We have to update the system
1. go to system – administration – software sources
2. after that close it and reload it
3. update the system from system – administration – update manager

Then we can work with the display ( still vesa now ) to activate compiz
1. go to system – administration – restricted drivers manager
2. enable the ATI accelerated graphic driver
3. it will automatically download xorg-driver-fglrx
4. open terminal ( applications – accessories – terminal )
5. type sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
6. Find Section “Extensions”, change “Composite” “0” to “Composite” “1
7. save and exit the editor ( ctrl+s and ctrl+q )
8. still in terminal, type sudo apt-get install xserver-xgl
9. then type sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
10. then sudo reboot
11. after reboot, go to system – preferences – appearance
12. go to visual effects tab
13. change to custom ( it will blink and done…..you can choose it now )
14. click preferences to set the compiz effects
15. finish



Mapping a windows shared

When we had a computer which run as a file server in a network, sometime or maybe, we would like to map it to make easy to be called ( in windows, we can map as “X:\” or Y:\ or else ). Here we have a linux server which has a public shared folder which shared as windows shared.

What about in Linux(Edubuntu) ?
In Edubuntu w can go to Places – Connect to server
I used to use windows shared, server = citserver and folder = shared then click Connect
It ended up with an icon named “shared on citserver” on the desktop

This map, caused me problems some times ago, students can not save the firefox files directly to it. And some applications also can not save to it directly. The exceptional is OpenOffice, it can !

In order to make all applications can save to the server, first, open terminal

sudo apt-get install smbfs
sudo mkdir /media/x
sudo gedit /etc/fstab

in fstab, insert

//citserver/shared /media/x cifs rw,uid=root,gid=root,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777,noperm 0 0


sudo mount -a

Now, you will have a mapped drive named “x”

Addition : ( requested by doniepos )
I used this x for making an intranet repo ( combined with my previous post about own customized repo ) In my /etc/apt/sources.list, i put

deb file:///media/x/Linux repo/

With a good combination with cron, this intranet repo is automatically update weekly