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J.A. Watson - firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest generation in this family - AMD E2-1800 CPU, Windows 8, UEFI boot
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|Processor||AMD E2-1800, 1.7GHz|
|HDD||320GB SATA 5400RPM|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon HD 7340|
|Network||Wired Gigabit, Wireless b/g/n (Ralink 3290), Bluetooth|
|Graphics Chip||Yes||Only tested FOSS Radeon driver|
|Wireless||Partial||See comments below|
|Bluetooth||No||Ralink 3298 not supported|
|Card Reader||Yes||SD/xD only|
|Smart Card Reader||N/A|
Two things to watch out for: UEFI boot and Ralink 3290 WiFi adapter
There is an option in the BIOS setup (press F10 during boot) to enable Legacy Boot.
The Ralink 3290 driver seems to be included in kernel version 3.6 and later. Of the distributions I have tried, it worked after installation with Fedora 18 Beta and openSuSE 12.3 Milestone 1; it did not work after the base install of Fedora 17, but it works after installing all updates; it does not work on Mint 14 or Ubuntu 12.10, but there are instructions in the Ubuntu and Mint forums on how to download and install the necessary drivers. I have recently tried the pre-release version of Ubuntu 13.04, and found that it has the correct driver but does not yet include the necessary firmware file (/lib/firmware/rt3290.bin). I was able to simply copy the file from either openSuSE 12.3 or Fedora 18 Beta to Ubuntu 13.04 Alpha, and the Ralink card worked.
There are major questions surrounding the UEFI boot configuration. This is what I have found out so far:
In the BIOS setup (press F10 during boot), there are two settings which affect booting, “Legacy Boot” and “Secure Boot”. By default these are set to Legacy Disabled and Secure Enabled. In this configuration the only Linux Live USB stick I was able to boot was Ubuntu 12.10. With “Secure Boot” changed to “Disabled”, it will also boot the Fedora 18 Beta Live USB. With “Legacy Boot” set to “Enable” (which automatically sets “Secure Boot” to “Disabled”), it will boot any of the Linux Live USB sticks that I tried.