Like Ubuntu, the non-standard display resolution worked correctly out of the box. Sound works, although it was crackly during install. In Ubuntu, suspend crashed my machine, but hibernate worked; I haven't tried it under Xubuntu.
Note that since the wireless card doesn't work by default, it's best to be plugged into a wired network during install. The installer makes use of the Internet connection to download various things.
Since this is a laptop, it's best to turn on sub-pixel hinting in Applications >> User Interface Preferences.
I'm not sure if it's needed for the instructions below, but I always like to enable all repositories:
Applications >> System >> Synaptic Package Manager:I found out last time that you really don't want to rely on the bcm43xx driver for this wireless card. ndiswrapper is really the way to go:
Settings >> Repositories:
Click on all of them except source code.
On the updates tab:
apt-get updateDue to the location and sensitivity of the touchpad, I find it necessary to turn off tapping and scrolling:
apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils-1.9
apt-get install build-essential
apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
unzip -a R151517.EXE
ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
echo ndiswrapper >> /etc/modules
echo blacklist bcm43xx >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
apt-get install gsynapticsUnfortunately, I have to configure gsynaptics everytime I log in. For some reason, it's not remembering my settings. This is currently my biggest complaint.
Added 'Option "SHMConfig" "true"' to the "Synaptics Touchpad" section of
/etc/X11/xorg.conf and logged back in.
apt-get install gsynaptics
gsynaptics: # As a normal user.
Disabled tapping and scrolling.
Adjusted the sensitivity very slightly or else it gets set to zero on the
Simply plugging in my printer was sufficient to configure it. Nice ;)
By default, plugging in your headphones does not disable the external speakers. However, a friendly reader of my blog posted a workaround:
echo 'options snd-hda-intel model=laptop' >> /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base