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Using Ubuntu in Zyrex Laptop

My laptop brand is Zyrex. It’s assambled in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is old but still powerfull for my daily duties.

Pentium IV, 512MB RAM, DVD ROM + CD writer, SiS AC97 Sound Controller, Modem SiSAC97 Modem Controller, Realtek Ethernet card, 15” screen, SiS VGA card, 2 USB, Firewire, PCMCIA and Card Reader for SMC, MSC, MMC, CFC and Sony Stick Duo.

 

When I run Ubuntu Live CD, all devices are recognized, include the Function Keys (for sound, brightness, projector, stand by, mute) except my Modem. It’s recognized but still can’t work. So, I just used an external modem. Compare to another brands (Acer, IBM, Toshiba, Fujitsu, HP) with the same features, it’s 300US cheaper at the time I bought it.

The problem is only the screen. It’s not strong enough. I think IBM is the most strongest one.

 

If you want to use Beryl with it, forget it. Because the VGA card is SIS and SIS doesn’t support Beryl, even the 3D effect.

 

taufanlubis@zyrex:~$ lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 661FX/M661FX/M661MX Host (rev 11)

00:01.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS AGP Port (virtual PCI-to-PCI bridge)

00:02.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS963 [MuTIOL Media IO] (rev 14)

00:02.1 SMBus: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS961/2 SMBus Controller

00:02.3 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] FireWire Controller

00:02.5 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 [IDE]

00:02.6 Modem: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] AC’97 Modem Controller (rev a0)

00:02.7 Multimedia audio controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] AC’97 Sound Controller (rev a0)

00:03.0 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0 Controller (rev 0f)

00:03.1 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0 Controller (rev 0f)

00:03.2 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0 Controller (rev 0f)

00:03.3 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 2.0 Controller

00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)

00:0c.0 CardBus bridge: ENE Technology Inc CB1410 Cardbus Controller (rev 01)

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 661/741/760 PCI/AGP or 662/761Gx PCIE VGA Display Adapter

taufanlubis@zyrex:~$

 

 

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Pidgin (Gaim) is instant messaging client for Linux. It’s a multi protocol. You can use one program for

10 different messengers.

These are:

  • AIM

  • Gadu Gadu

  • GroupWise

  • ICQ

  • IRC

  • Jabber

  • MSN

  • QQ

  • Simple

  • Yahoo

 

First, you have to download the program if you don’t have it in your system.

To install it in terminal, use:

taufanlubis@zyrex:~$ sudo apt-get install gaim

 

Second, setting up the program

To start, click: Application > Internet > Gaim Internet Messenger

To use it, you must have an account. If you don’t have it then you have to create it first. For example, if you want to use Yahoo, then go to www.yahoo.com to register

 

Third, if you have an account already then do right-click on Gaim icon (on top Ubuntu Panel): Account, Add, choose your protocol (Screen name/ Password/ Local alias) then click save.

 

Fourth, display buddy list. Choose who is online and you are ready to chat.

 

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For example, you have 3 directories in your disk and 2 of it are separated with a space.

taufanlubis@zyrex:/media/hda5$ ls -l

drwxrwx— 2 root plugdev 8192 2007-08-12 07:33 Linux

drwxrwx— 10 root plugdev 8192 2007-08-30 04:16 Linux Download

drwxrwx— 18 root plugdev 8192 2007-08-28 08:24 linux website

 

You can’t go inside your directory with a command below.

taufanlubis@zyrex:/media/hda5$ cd Linux Download

taufanlubis@zyrex:/media/hda5/Linux$ (the result)

 

Now, go back 1 level up.

taufanlubis@zyrex:/media/hda5/Linux$ cd ..

Then use ‘\’ after the ‘directory name’ and before the ‘space’.

taufanlubis@zyrex:/media/hda5$ cd Linux\ Download/ (type ‘cd Linux\ D‘ then press TAB key)

 

You can do another way.

Let’s go back 1 level up.

taufanlubis@zyrex:/media/hda5/Linux$ cd ..

taufanlubis@zyrex:/media/hda5$ cd Linux*Download (use ‘*’ (asterisk or star))

taufanlubis@zyrex:/media/hda5/Linux Download$

But, with the second method, you can’t use TAB key to get the full file name automatically.

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