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Install Heron 8.04(64) on Acer 5100-5840

Ubuntu @ May 9, 2008   Views:0


I'll get to the point, and not waste your time. I'm completely new to linux, so much so that a lot of the "fixes" on forums make no sense to me. I'm hoping to get some ground-level help on some issues I'm having, learning some useful ubuntu/xwindows knowledge along the way.

I've installed Hardy Heron 64 for my AMD Turion 64x2. It turns on. Yay. But there are some problems.

1. Wi-fi: I've google'd the hell out of this, and know its not an easy thing. So far, I've used ndiswrapper to install the ar5007eg-64-0.2 driver. After a reboot, it shows my wireless active, and even shows the available networks. But it won't associate with the access point or give me an ip!! Any ideas?

2. The built in webcam won't work, and all the google searches yield "webcam: worked out of the box." Mine doesn't. Is there a driver I need to ndiswrapper? Is there an application to utilize the webcam? I tried "camera monitor" - it doesn't do anything, as in, doesn't even open.

3. Torrents: yeah, I know this is a Ubuntu forum, and I get it - but let me explain. When I go to open a torrent file, Firefox asks if I'd like to use "Transmission" to open the torrent with. No, hell no I would not. I'd like to use Azureus, which I installed. But in the "select program" pulldown, there aren't any programs. Just files (i.e. photos, mp3s, system files) - no apps to select. WTF? Are they hidden or something?

A big thank you to ANYONE who can help with any of these items - a hotlink, a FAQ, anything, I'm desperate. Till then I'll keep scouring the web...

BTW, info (just so no one gets snippy):

Acer Aspire 5100-5840
AMD Turion 64 x2 1.6 Ghz
Atheros AR5007eg wireless LAN
Bison Orbicam
Hardy Heron ver. 8.04 AMD64


You can uninstall Transmission from add/remove

You can then save the torrent file and open it from your desktop or where ever in Azureus. (right click the torrent file and go to open. if Azureus is not there.. click Add.. it should be there. then select it

With wireless, I had the same problem but different wireless card. First of all, do this command in the terminal

'iwconfig' and find out your wireless interface, for example mine is:


[email protected]:~$ iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

wlan1     IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:"linksys"
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.462 GHz  Access Point:....
          and soo on

See where the wlan1 is, for yours it will be different. You will need that for the next bit.
connect to your wireless as normal. when the first light on the system tray lights up..do this command in the terminal


sudo iwconfig <Your network interface (mines wlan1)> key open

so it would look like this:
sudo iwconfig wlan1 key open

Did it connect?
What encryption is your wireless?Yeah, that's what I've been doing so far - is this just SOP for ubuntu, or is there a way to have Azureus (or anything else) set as the "default" application for handling torrents as in Windows?

This is really a minor thing, its just annoying having to save, manually open, then delete afterwards.

BTW, thanks for the advice! Good people make the difference!

The wireless:
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"Qnet-ARF"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Bit Rate:54 Mb/s
Power Managementff
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

For the key open, i got an error:
Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A) :
SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument.

Whats your encryption of your wireless?

1) Right click on the .torrent file.
2) "Properties".
3) "Open With" tab.
4) Click "Add".
5) Search for Azureus. If it's not in the list, click "Use a custom command" and type in "azureus" (no-quotation marks). That should do the trick.

6) Be strong. There can be a huge learning curve with Linux at first, but it pays off large dividends to those who stick with it! Cheers!


as for number three, just click on save as for the torrent, save on desktop, open azureus, and then drag and drop...

Uhm, sorry, I'm not sure I follow you. The answer I'm inclined to give is none - its an open network (so no WEP, WPA, etc). I'm showing the network, but I'm unable to associate with the access point.While I'm certain that would work, he wants default behavior enabled for every torrent. I think my fix is more appropriate.

L0cKThanks, man -

I feel like a bonehead for not trying that myself...I'm just so institutionalized with Windows, that thinking of changing the "open with" properties outside of firefox didn't even occur to me - DUR!

I appreciate the help, and the encouragement.

Encryption = WEP/WPA etc..

When you see your wireless, it doesnt have a lock next to it?

do this in terminal:


sudo ifconfig wlan0 down
sudo ifconfig wlan0 up
sudo dhclient -r wlan0
sudo iwconfig wlan0 mode Managed
sudo iwconfig wlan0 essid "YOUR ESSID NAME"
sudo dhclient wlan0

Does it connect then? by checking, do


ping -c 3 www.google.co.uk

(Its just easier that way)

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