gNewSense on the Aspire 6930G

I recently wrote about the Aspire 6930G and how it runs very well under the latest Ubuntu release.

In an effort to find out whether I could run this laptop with 100% Free Software I decided to give gNewSense a test run on it.

Out of the box support was fairly poor. This was to be expected. It is a fairly new laptop afterall.

It failed to load modules for wireless, cabled ethernet, audio and it also did not pick up the gpu correctly. Many of these issues however are simple to fix.

Screen Resolution

You will need to manually specifiy “nv” in xorg.conf to get the native screen resolution 1366×768.

Add the following line (bold) to /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

Section “Device”
Identifier “Configured Video Device”
Driver “nv”
EndSection

Then restart X by logging out / logging in.

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