This is the first time when I actually liked the Linux experience almost right out the box. The machine is HP Compaq dx2200 with 3.06GHz P4 and 1GB RAM, some of which is used for video buffer. I had to download and install the ATI video driver and add a line to a configuration file to get the audio to work, but the troubleshooting information was easy to find and the fixes easy to apply. Everything else is nice and clean, I was able to browse shares on a Windows 2003 server, browse the Web etc., so far I am very pleased. If you are interested, head over to Get Ubuntu page.
To get audio to work, edit the
/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base file and add
options snd-hda-intel model=3stack
to the end of it. To edit the file, launch Terminal and type
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base
The internal speaker will not work but external speakers and headphones will.
The driver for Radeon Xpress 200 is provided by a “restricted” package
xorg-driver-fglrx. You can download and install it as follows:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx
More information available here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/ATI