Originally published 2008-08-25
After getting tired of the default SUSE on my Mini-Note, I decided to install Xubuntu (my Linux of choice). It didn't all go smoothly, following the wiki instructions, so I thought I'd write it up here. Note that these are instructions for installation from a USB drive. Doing it from an external CD drive may be easier, but I don't have one of those.
This is the part that I had the most trouble with. The instructions on the wiki are way more complicated than they need to be. You really don't need a fancy script that "converts" your ISO to a USB stick. You just need to do the following:
syslinux /dev/sde1. This installs the bootloader on the stick.
mount /dev/sde1 /mnt/usb
isolinuxdirectory on the CD to the root of the USB stick.
syslinux.cfgin the root of the USB stuck.
installin the root of the USB stick and download
vmlinuzfrom here into it.
These instructions were basically taken from this forum post. Thanks amx109!
If the first step worked, you should be able to hit F9 when booting the Mini-Note and boot from the USB stick. You can install as normal from here.
When your Mini-Note boots up into Xubuntu, X probably won't start. Follow the instructions on the wiki to get the video drivers installed. Reboot. X should work now.
The CPU scaling instructions on the wiki are basically right, but they aren't very clear on where to add the boot flags. The instructions on the MiniNoteUser wiki are better. Note that the option is
acpi_os. I did this wrong a couple times.
Different Mini-Note models have different wireless modules in them, and you need different drivers for them. The wiki doesn't address this very well. Do an
lspci to see what wireless module you have. Mine is a BCM4312 (rev 02). Look at this wiki page to see which driver you actually need, and download it. Then you can follow the wiki instructions, using the .exe you downloaded in place of sp38766.exe. When that's done, you should be able to use your wireless.
The instructions on the wiki work fine for the audio drivers. Remember to turn the volume up ;-).
After all that, everything should work, and you should be happy!
Note (2008-08-26): I used the alternative install CD, because I always do. I think my instructions will work with the live install CD, but I haven't tried it.