Mandriva One 2009 on my One

29 October, 2008

After unpleasant experience with Omega/Fedora, I decided it’s time to try new Mandriva, which was released some time ago. I installed it using Unetbootin and Mandriva One KDE cd image. I had some problems booting from flash drive, but fortunately this post was helpful for me.
Although almost everything is working out-of-the-box (including Wifi, Wifi switch, webcam, left card reader and internal mic), there are some hardware problems:

  • Plugging-in headphones doesn’t mute speakers. I tried to edit file /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base as suggested in Ubuntu Install guide, but I couldn’t find this file. So I created it and tried with different options, but it didn’t help.

/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base >> options snd-hda-intel model=acer – I didn’t notice difference
/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base >> options snd-hda-intel model=auto – mic doesn’t work
/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base >> options snd-hda-intel model=basic – the same as above
/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base >> options snd-hda-intel model=toshiba – I got no sound at all.

  • Right card reader works only if card is inside during booting. To become fully-functionall, it require some tweaks (also from Ubuntu forum):

download this script, make it executable (chmod 754, copy it to /usr/local/sbin, edit as a root and modify line 11: ‘modprobe pciehp pciehp_force=1’. Then add ‘setpci -d 197b:2381 AE=47’ to /etc/rc.local.
This should make card reader working, but in my case it disabled acerfand script, or increased processor temperature (I’m not sure what exactly but I could hear fan working all the time after I ran the script).

  • Wifi led seems to work only with madwifi drivers, not with those included in kernel 2.6.27 (it didn’t work also in Ubuntu
  • Also some keyboard shortcuts (with Fn key) don’t work, I had to configure it manually.

I also installed acerfand script – after updating bios to v0.3305, it works again.

About Mandriva itself – in my opinion it’s really fast, maybe even faster than Ubuntu, and booting time can be comparable to XP. However KDE4, despite its nice appearance, is still unstable and lacks usability.

I haven’t tried LXDE yet – the special desktop environment for netbooks. I just didn’t have time. I don’t know if I will try it – now I’m looking forward for tomorrow’s Ubuntu release 🙂