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New Computer -- Upgrade to Lenny

Posted 08-01-2008 at 12:59 PM by radiodee1
Updated 11-26-2008 at 05:27 AM by radiodee1

--New Computer : Upgrade to Lenny--

So I had the wifi working with bcm43xx, and I had two systems, one amd64 and one i386. I went over to a friends house and updated to lenny on both systems. At the time the i386 system was still almost unusable because of the time it took to boot up, nearly 10 minutes. I changed the 'sources.list' file on both partitions. After a long time running 'aptitude update' and 'aptitude full-upgrade' I got both installations up to a current version of lenny. It was hard because the wireless with bcm43xx was not always stable. It dropped out alot. This was the best thing for my computer, though. The sound and video support I needed wasn't in etch yet, so even though some of the time it wasn't even in lenny, there was at least a chance that waiting for it I might finally get the support and still get the benefit of the debian package system. There was no chance for new software in etch.

Later on the issue with the kernels booting up so horribly was solved, and at some point bcm43xx was replaced with b43 -- which was a tremendous difference for me. Even later the fglrx driver and the alsa drivers required would show up in lenny. I do not believe these things exist in etch, so I'm convinced that if you have an Inspiron 1521 right now, when etch is stable and lenny is testing, that testing is the way to go for you.

Here's a partial list of the Computer's hardware as listed on the packing slip for the sake of googlers:

Inspiron 1521, AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-50 (1.6 GHz/512KB)
1 GB, DDR2, 667MHz 2 Dimm
15.4 Inch Wide Screen WXGA LCDTrueLife for Inspiron 1521
ATI RADEON Xpress1270 HyperMemory, Inspiron 1521 (Integrated)
160G 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem for Inspiron
8X DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
Integrated High Definition Audio 2.0
Dell Wireless 1390 802.11 Mini Card
Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam for I1521

This is the audio card 'snd-hda-intel':
$lspci | grep Audio
00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia

This is the webcam:
$lsusb
Bus 006 Device 003: ID 05a9:2640 OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
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