Friday, June 08, 2012

Installing Ubuntu

I have been trying installing Unbuntu(12.04) into Let's note R8 (CF-R8) to know how much it works compared with Windows. There were some things which were not confirmed to work. But I can expect that Ubuntu would work finely.

This is a list of test that would be needed to use Ubuntu for me.
  • Install
  • Skype (with Webcam)
  • Chrome
  • VMPlayer (to run windows)
  • Touchpad (to use circle-shaped touchpad)
  • Japanese Input with Thumb shift
  • Hibernation

I used an empty USB harddrive for LiveUSB and install destination.
I divided it into two partition, which are about 4GB for LiveUSB and about 50G for install destination.

I used LinuxLive USB Creator to create LiveUSB. While running the program, A virus check program warned it vulnerable and removed program files. After then, I configured the virus check program not to work during the USB Creator makes LiveUSB.

After Shutting down Windows and configuring BIOS to boot from USB harddrive, Ubuntu booted looking correctly.

When trying installing OS into the partition of 50G, Installer said "please unmount /cdrom." but I can't unmount /cdrom. The situation has been reported already. According to it, I executed following command before partitioning starts.

sudo umount -l -r -f /cdrom

Skype (with Webcom)

To enable video chat, I used ELECOM'S UCAM-DLK130T. On configuration of Skype or Cheese application, I could see the camera work.

After installing Skype, I had to set up the sound device.
According to ,
I added the following line to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf and restarted.
options snd-hda-intel model=thinkpad
It worked. I could hear the sound of sound test.

On Skype, Echo test with only sound was worked. I have not confirmed video chat yet.


Chrome package for Linux was available.


Installing VMPlayer 4.0.3 was failed, When I searched, It was found that it was necessary to patch to VMPlayer. As the version in the patch script was a bit old(4.0.2), I changed the version to 4.0.3. The patch script needed patch program

To test VMPlayer, I chose Windows XP's image for IE6 ( As the image was VHD(for VirtualPC), It needed to convert it into VMDK(for VMPlayer) and make a vmx file. To convert VHD to VMDK, I used NHC. To create vmx file, I used . Because I was not familiar with how to create vmx file, some errors (such, no device /dev/dsp) appeared, but the OS booted.


CF-R8's Touchpad has a circle-shaped touchpad. In order to configure it, I referenced .

Japanese Input with Thumb shift

I referenced to enable thumb shift.


I have not confirmed that hibernation worked on my PC.

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