Install Ubuntu on DELL Latitude ST Tablet

By | 15 February 2012

BEMERKUNG: Die hier gezeigte Lösung ist nicht besonders stabil und aktuell nur ein Test. Nachmachen auf eigene Gefahr !

Achtung
Die Hardwarebeschleunigung der GMA 600 Grafikkarte funktioniert aktuell noch nicht.

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1. Installation

Man braucht einen USB-Hub, USB-Keyboard und einen USB-Stick.

1.1 Ubuntu herrunterladen

Zuerst läd man sich das neueste Ubuntu herrunter (aktuell ist das Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha 2).

Daily Build herrunterladen

Wähle ‘precise-desktop-i386.iso’ und lade dieses ISO herrunter.

Bemerkung: Man braucht Ubuntu 12.04 weil die Psb_gfx Treiber in dieser Version bereits integriert sind.

1.2 Ubuntu USB-Installationsstick erstellen

Nun erstellt man aus diesem ISO einen USB-Installer dazu folgt man am besten dieser Anleitung: USB Installer erstellen oder dieser: USB Creator

1.3 Installieren

Verbindet den USB-Hub mit dem Tablet sowie das Keyboard und den USB-Installer.

Beim booten mit Hilfe von “F12″ vom USB-Stick booten.

Nun kann man Ubuntu installieren wie man will. (Oder man verwendet das Live-System)

2. Bilder

3. Bekannte Probleme

3.1 WLAN funktioniert nicht

Im Tablet befindet sich eine ‘Atheros Wireless WLAN BT 1535C Half MiniCard’ WLAN-Karte.

Der Chip ist ein “Atheros AR6x02/AR6003 NWF WLAN”.

http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/ath6kl

Mit Danke an Patrick und kvalo, habe ich die Karte zum laufen gebracht;

rmmod sdhci_pci
rmmod sdhci
modprobe sdhci debug_quirks=0x2
modprobe sdhci_pci

Um dies jedes mal beim starten zu aktivieren die Datei “/etc/default/grub” bearbeiten und “GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT” ändern:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash sdhci.debug_quirks=0x20"

Und folgenden Befehl ausführen:

update-grub
3.2 X-Server funktioniert nicht richtig

Versuche folgendes:

modprobe psb_gfx
/etc/init.d/lightdm restart

4. Links:

Hardware Support Components Video Cards Poulsbo
Get the Best Performace from the GMA 500
GMA500 Ubuntuusers
GMA500 psb_gfx
Dell Latitude ST
Ubuntu Daily Build
Linux Wireless ath6kl Driver

Schickt mir doch bitte eine kurze Antwort wie es auf eurem Tablet funktioniert.

69 thoughts on “Install Ubuntu on DELL Latitude ST Tablet

  1. Alex Fernandez Calvay

    Can i install Ubuntu 10.10 in this tablet?…i need the kernel 2…ubuntu 12.04 use kernel 3 :S…

    Reply
      1. Alex Fernandez Calvay

        Hey thanks for the quick answer!
        I tried to install and tried to use live
        from a usb and a cd, but the tablet kick
        me to the console and show this :

        Linux ubuntu 2.6.35-22generic #33-Ubuntu SMP Sun Sep 19 20:34:50 UTC 2010 i686
        GNU/Linux
        Ubuntu 10.10

        Welcome to Ubuntu!
        *Documentation: https//help.ubuntu.com/

        To run a command as administrator (user”root”), use “sudo “.
        See “man sudo_root” for details.

        ubuntu@ubuntu:~$

        can you help me?

        Reply
        1. sebastian Post author

          Ubuntu tries to start the graphical user interface but there is no driver for your GMA600 display adapter.
          Try Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha 2.

          Reply
  2. soeren

    Hi, I tried to install it with ubuntu 12.04 Beta I only get half the screeen?
    And after install it will not boot up it goes to a black screen?

    Please help.

    Reply
    1. sebastian Post author

      Hi,

      Use “STRG + ALT + F1″ for a console screen.

      Execute “/etc/init.d/lightdm restart” (as root or with sudo)

      Greetings

      Sebastian

      Reply
  3. Patrick

    Installed kubuntuu 12.4 and plasma-active from the ppa, using a wlan usb dongle.
    If someone get’s the internal wlan card to work please post.

    btw, I also have to restart kdm to see something.

    Reply
  4. Patrick

    Thanks to kvalo in #ath6kl I got the device to work.
    [16:30:01] rmmod sdhci_pci
    [16:30:09] rmmod sdhci
    [16:30:33] modprobe sdhci debug_quirks=0×2
    [16:30:38] modprobe sdhci_pci

    to enable it on boot you have to change /etc/default/grup
    and add sdhci.debug_quirks=0×20 to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash ”
    then run update-grub

    The device is working but from time to time I get some lags

    Reply
  5. dekkar

    Hi, I am a complete newb to all of this stuff, but am trying to get kubuntu active working on my Latitude ST…. I think I only have that wifi driver to go but have no idea what anyone is talking about when it comes to installing it..

    Can anyone advise my of a step by step to do something like this?

    Reply
        1. Christian

          please send me also a PM with the install instructions

          Thanks

          Reply
      1. Christian

        Hi can you email me as well thanks

        chw80(at)usa.com

        Thanks

        Reply
  6. Mattias

    HI, thank you so much for this! I really like this machine but it is a bit slow with Windows.
    Now for my problem, I installed Ubuntu 12.04 beta the precise daily. But after reboot the screen just go blank. No splash screen, no nothing. I know this is not much to go on, but any ideas?

    Reply
    1. sebastian Post author

      Hi,

      connect USB-Keyboard
      Switch to console (STRG + ALT + F1)
      Login
      run “sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm restart”

      Greetings

      Sebastian

      Reply
      1. Mattias

        Thank you so much! both for the solution and the quick response!

        Reply
        1. Patrick

          For me it also wokrs to swtch to “Ctrl + Alt + F1″ and then switch back to “Ctrl + Alt + F7″.

          Reply
  7. smaraid

    I try to change /etc/default/grub

    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”poulsbo.blacklist=yes console=tty1 sdhci.debug_quirks=4″

    machine is working very well

    Reply
  8. Alex

    I edit GRUB an put GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”poulsbo.blacklist=yes console=tty1 sdhci.debug_quirks=4″ as smaraid says: Works very well for me too.
    Thanks a lot

    Reply
  9. Gilberto

    hi, I do this process but my resolution is 800 x 600. what I can do? I use Ubuntu 12.04. Sorry my english. And thanks for help.

    Reply
  10. Jeff

    this definitely helped me get kubuntu-active going on my Latitude ST. Thank you!

    Reply
    1. sebastian Post author

      Hi,

      i have the same problem.
      This happens on every Kernel newer than 3.2 !

      If i find a solution, i will post it here.

      Greetings

      Sebastian

      Reply
      1. Patrick

        no idea what they make different but I have installed opensuse, with the text based installer, works fine with kernel 3.4.
        But no plasma-active yet.

        Reply
  11. Karosieben

    I don’t get it. My latitude st works with the live-mode from a stick, but when I install an boot from the ssd, it goes to black screen, everytime…

    I modified the line in /etc/default/grub but it doesn’t work…

    I’m using kubuntu 12.04.1 LTS
    Any ideas?

    Regards,
    Karosieben

    Reply
  12. Ali Mahfoudh

    I really like your progress and the support you’re providing for all the guys in the comment section.
    I tried installing: Ubuntu 12.10 Live, Ubuntu 12.10 Alternative, OpenSUSE, Kubuntu and Plasma Active 3.
    after a fresh install, they all give me an infinite loop of the infamous error
    [ 33.983789] hub 1-1:1.0: >connect-debounce failed, port 1 disabled

    :S
    I’ve been re-installing almost ever Microsoft windows edition with no problem.

    I’m using a Targus USB hub with a USB keyboard and sever USB memory sticks

    any idea? :S

    Reply
    1. Patrick

      Hm tied it but my X sever still doesn’t start, I get something about “Failed to become DRM master”

      Reply
      1. sebastian Post author

        Hi,

        do you have any kernel parameters set ?

        On kernels newer 3.2 you may need to blacklist psb_gfx to run your system (otherwise there will be a black screen)
        On newer ones 3.6 (only the last ones) and 3.7 psb_gfx works and you don’t need to blacklist it.

        Reply
  13. fragman

    Hi,
    I just installed 12.10 but I have fallowing error during OS startup:

    Bluetooth: Error in firmware loading err=32, len xxx , size 4096
    Bluetooth: Loading patch file failed

    Do you have any idea how to solve that? Appreciate your help.
    Regards

    Reply
      1. fragman

        Sorry for noob question but how can I do that? OS is not starting at all….

        Reply
    1. jo

      Hi,
      I tried to install ubuntu 12.10 with a usb key (multisystem)
      I have too this error : Bluetooth :Error in firmware loading…
      Do you have solved your problem ?

      Cordialy

      Reply
      1. sebastian Post author

        Hi,

        i still use 12.04 with Kernel 3.7 (mainline).

        Last time i tried 12.10 i still have to add the sdhci debug_quirks option AND have to blacklist the psb_gfx module (blacklist.psb_gfx=yes in grub).
        After installation you can switch to a newer kernel (3.7 for example from mainline) and remove the blacklist for the psb_gfx module.

        Note: You have to add this kernel boot options before (the ubuntu form live image) and after installation (your installed grub config).

        Good luck :-)

        Reply
  14. fragman

    Finally I installed Mint Mate, and fallow all the steps in that blog enty. Works very good…

    Reply
    1. Leo

      Hi fragman,
      did u come across any issue with the mdm on Mint Mate?
      I’m kinda lost in configuring it (the x server).

      Reply
  15. Patrick

    Hi I tried kubuntu active 12.10 nd the lightly with “blacklist.psb_gfx=yes ” and “psb_gfx.blacklist=yes” but I still get a black screen ad startx fails with “(EE) intel(0): Failed to become DRM master.”

    Reply
  16. Kim

    Sebastian

    Thanks for compiling these install tips for us they have been very helpful. However I’m still having trouble!

    I’ve tried installing 12.04.1, 12.10 and 13.04 all running live from a USB stick. Although the existing Win7 installation is not going to cut it as a tablet OS I’m reluctant to kill it until I’m sure I have a working alternate.

    Here’s where I get to;
    For 12.04.1 I install with sdhci.debug_quirks=0×20 and have also tried smaraid’s modifiers above. (For the benefit of readers like me that did not know how to do this on live instals there is a clear explanation here. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions ) I end up with half a screen which scrolls between the top half of a full screen and the bottom half. The dialogues display in the opposite half to the cursor so I have to chase them. Interesting but not all that productive. I swapped to a terminal screen and tried your “sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm restart” with no effet other than to be told I should use service instead which I then tried but agian no joy.

    I then tried 12:10 which without any boot switches puts me in an infinite loop of bluetooth error messages. Adding the swich for shdci.debug and blacklisting psb_gfx as you describe above got me to an initramfs session which complained that it could not mount /dev/loop1 on /cow. I typed exit and the setup continued to the Ubuntu disclaimer and a prompt. Ctrl_Alt-F7 gave me a blank screen so no XWindow. I figured that while I had a terminal session up I might as well image the Windows drive and at least give myself the option of being able to rebuild it painlessly if I ended up installing Ubuntu and wanting for some reason to recover Windows. I plugged in a powered USB drive, mounted it and started dd imaging the whole of sda (128Gb) I went to bed and came back the next day and there was still no command prompt so I killed it with Ctrl-C only to be told that 35 Gb had been written. So it looks like the imaging was working but at a glacial pace – is that normal? So the 12.10 install does not give me a GUI.

    I had more luck with 13.04 nightly build. Using the shdci.debug switch it installed and loaded unity. I didn’t have an onscreen keyboard available through accessability options but I’ve since found out that was probably because I did not select one with F5 back at the boot options screen. The WLAN wasn’t working but otherwise things seemed OK EXCEPT that it would hang for minutes at a time between responding to instructions and the cursor and stylus were a few centimetres apart so I could not use the stylus to access all the buttons depending on which side of the stylus tip the cursor decided to sit (appeared random on several attempts).

    Any tips?

    Cheers
    Kim

    Reply
  17. Usman

    I am going to install ubuntu on my dell latitude st. I see there are many tweaks i have to do after installing. Could someone plz post list of those or mail me.
    Thanks in advance faan4u(at)yahoo.com

    Reply
  18. wizbang

    I’m trying to run 12.10, making all the suggested entries from the grub 2 edit screen. No joy whatsoever.

    “blacklist.psb_gfx=yes” has no effect whatsoeve and I still get the “Bluetooth :Error in firmware loading…” error
    “sdhci.debug_quirks=0×20″ gives me a blank screen with a blinking curser

    Relative Linux noob so I might just be screwing it up. I’m making these entries as part fo the /boot parameters. Any thoughts where I might be scewing up?

    Reply
    1. sebastian Post author

      Hi,

      please try Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

      Currently 12.10 doesn’t work very well on the Tablet.

      Best way ( from my point of view ) is to install 12.04 and install a newer kernel.

      Greetings

      Sebastian

      Reply
  19. Loïc

    Hi guys,

    Did somebody try to install ubuntu on the new latitude Essential 10?
    Same procedure as Latitude ST?

    Kind regards

    Reply
  20. Franck

    Dear all,

    Like “Ali Mahfoudh (2 November 2012)” after installation I had an unstoppable loop on my console screen : hub 1-1:1.0: >connect-debounce failed, port 1 disabled.
    Have you got an idea to stop it ?
    Regards,
    Franck

    Reply
    1. sebastian Post author

      Hi,

      add the sdhci.debug_quirk option to your kernel startup options in grub. This removes the connect-debounce errors.

      But normaly your system should work anyway.

      Greetings

      Sebastian

      Reply
      1. Franck

        Dear Sebastian,

        After following step by step your explanation, all is working well.
        Thanks a lot.

        Franck.

        Reply
  21. Rene

    Hello Everybody,

    I have a Dell latitude 10, with windows 8, which is not an updated version
    of windows 7. So I have not the usual BIOS, but something named UEFI.
    About the differences between these programs I know nothing.
    The problem is that I cann’t boot up of an USB-drive, where the .iso of Ubuntu
    12.04.2 is installed. The USB-drive is bootable, it starts up from some
    other laptop, where Ubuntu 13.04 is installed, without something of Windows.
    So the USB-drive works. But the Dell latitude 10 cann’t boot of this
    USB-drive. If I let the tablet boot of the USB-drive, so start the computer,
    press F12, give the command to boot from the USB-drive, windows 8 starts,
    but not the installation program of Ubuntu.
    What to do? I have to install Ubuntu, besides Windows. Already 2-3 days read
    all kind of things of internet and tried also all kind of things, also several
    times, but it doesn’t give the result I want.
    ( I made also a recovery USB-drive of Windows 8, but the Dell Latitude 10
    doesn’t want to boot of this recovery USB-drive. May be this has to
    do with the several problem? The UEFI???)
    Who has the ultimate solution to this installation problem?

    Kind Regards,

    Rene

    Reply
  22. Jason

    Has anyone gotten the Rotation working on these? I would like to be able to do this.

    Thanks,
    Jason

    Reply
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  24. seb

    I worked to make Ubuntu run on my latitude ST but it was very unstable (I think because of Unity that needs to much resources). I decided to try to install Lubuntu and It works really pretty good. I can not use rotation but everything else is working (wifi, sound, usb) and also graphic acceleration is not working. I use it now everyday for mails, internet and watching DivX and I’m really glad because it is much more usable than with Windows Seven. I can work 5 hours before charging again and The Gimp works quite good also to work with images. I use chromium with

    Reply
    1. Ed

      Hi.. what version of Lubuntu are you using?… how did you fixed the wireless problem?

      Reply
  25. Mario

    Does this solution also works for Debian?
    I just install debian 7 and I am unable to make the wlan to work.

    Please advice.

    Regards
    Mario

    Reply
  26. Ed

    I struggled a lot trying to install the compat wireless package, downloaded from the official webpage. It always generated an error while executing the “make” command. I found a version for kernel 3.8, the one used in Ubuntu Precice 12.04 LTS, which allowed me to make, install everything without problems. After installation, you must follow the steps suggested by Sebastian in the forum to put them into action.

    I found this version of Ubuntu very slow, and not responsive with the touch screen. Also, running video in youtube is super slow, with sound lags, similar to the ones that I was having in W7 and W8.1 before.

    The drivers found here:

    https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/projects/backports/stable/v3.8.2/

    Reply
    1. Ed

      Anyone knows how to fix the front webcam?.. so far it is only recognized the one in the back…

      Reply
      1. R

        Hi, I installed Lubuntu (LXDE Desktop) on Dell ST, I am not been able to get wifi working. I tried above mentioned commands it didn’t work.
        How did you got wifi working on Lubuntu?

        Thanks! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

        Reply
  27. T

    For Fedora 20, I had to use these kernel options:

    sdhci.debug_quirks=0×20 nomodeset vga=792

    Reply
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