Installing Ubuntu 8.04

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Prepare installation media

  • You can use USB CD-ROM Drive or USB Flash drive (disk-on-key) as installation media.
  • Download Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop installation
  • If you are using USB CD-ROM - burn downloaded image directly on CD.
  • If you are using USB Flash drive, 1GB would be enough. Download usb-creator to create bootable installation flash drive.

Installation of generic Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop

Generic kernel coming with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop has problems with hard disk identification and rebooting, so at first installation steps you will need to:

  • Choose comfortable installation language
  • Press <Down> button to choose "Install Ubuntu"
  • Press F6 to edit kernel boot options
  • Add string "all_generic_ide" to the end of kernel boot line. It should look like this "... quiet splash all_generic_ide --"
  • Press "Enter" and continue with standard Ubuntu installation, choose timezone, username, password etc.
  • When you will be asked to reboot fit-PC2 - shut down it manually (with power button).
  • Unplug USB CD-ROM/USB Flash drive.
  • Power on fit-PC2 and press <Esc> button continuously to enter grub boot menu.
  • Press <e> button to edit grub menu lines.
  • Add "all_generic_ide" option at the end of kernel boot line. Now it should look like this: "... quiet splash all_generic_ide"
  • Press <Enter> to save changes and to boot.
  • Login with username and password you have chosen previously.

Necessary system changes

  • Add the following lines to /etc/apt/sources.list
## Repository for fit-PC2 users provided by Compulab
deb binary/
deb-src source/
  • Refresh update manager
sudo apt-get update
  • Install kernel related files
sudo apt-get install linux-doc linux-headers-2.6.24-34-fitpc2 linux-image-2.6.24-34-fitpc2 linux-kernel-devel linux-libc-dev linux-source
  • Install display drivers
sudo apt-get install libdrm2 libdrm2-dbg libdrm-dev libgl1-mesa-dri-psb psb-video xorg-modules-xpsb  xserver-xorg-video-psb xserver-xorg-video-psb-dbg
  • Open /etc/fstab for editing and remove cdrom related lines (if present).
  • Install mplayer-vaapi for HD playback:
sudo apt-get install libva1 libva1-dbg  libva-dev mplayer-vaapi mplayer-skin-blue
  • Remove generic image and sources that are not fully compatible with fit-PC2.
sudo apt-get purge linux-image-2.6.24-24-generic linux-headers-2.6.24-24-generic linux-headers-2.6.24-24
  • Shutdown and restart fit-PC2

Ubuntu 8.04 is now installed.