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Old 01-11-2005, 04:47 PM   #1
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Debian 3.1 on a Laptop -- need a little help...


I just made another attempt to install Debian 3.1 on my Compaq Evo N620c (Pentium M 1.6 GHz, i855 mother board, Radeon 7500, 512 MB RAM, 60 GB HDD, built in wireless and winmodem).

Radeon 7500 DRI Drivers

I tried the instructions on http://dri.freedesktop.org/wiki/Download -- under
the Debian section using apt-get. I got fairly far, but I couldn't get them
going. Now I can't get into X11, as its video drivers aren't working right.

Winmodem

This works fine under MEPIS, but I don't know what model it is, I was hoping
to be able to somehow get MEPIS's modem drivers onto Debian.

Wireless

It has built in Bluetooth and Airport, and a wireless card that has 802.11b
and g. I'm sure the wireless card does NOT work under Linux, so I'm not too
worried about it, I'll just buy another if the need arises.

ACPI

I don't know if this is working right, I installed a package for laptop ACPI
(acpid or something like that) but I never got a chance to see if it was
working because I then killed off X11 with the video drivers. I'd like to
get the KDE battery monitor installed once I get my GUI back.



I'd prefer to do as much of this with apt-get and its sources as I can for
easy package management and upgrades. Thank you for all of your help.

Last edited by WolfCub; 01-11-2005 at 04:48 PM.
 
Old 01-12-2005, 11:07 AM   #2
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you might be able to use the wireless using ndiswrapper. It would help if you knew the model of the winmodem, but I got my conexant winmodem working. If your kernel supports ACPI then when you install acpid, you should be able to type
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acpi
in the command line.

for X try doing
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dpkg-reconfigure xfree86-xserver
or something like that
 
Old 01-12-2005, 06:02 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, I'll give that a shot. Can't I just load the all the same drivers for modems as MEPIS? I don't know the modem model... As for wireless, I don't think even NDIS wrapper will work with the wireless 802.11 card but the built in Airport and Bluetooth are more important. I'll contact Compaq. But I really need to get those ATI drivers going, that is the highest priority... I can't even get into X to do what I need to do! I want to get 3D going badly!
 
Old 01-13-2005, 06:41 AM   #4
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you could copy the drivers from MEPIS, but if you don't know the winmodem model, it won't help you. What kind of wireless card do you have? What's the difference between Airport and Wireless? maybe removing the ATI drivers until you figure out how to do it would let you in X?
 
Old 01-14-2005, 02:50 PM   #5
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OK, I called up HP support. The guy knew what he was talking about and surprised me. The modem is an Agere Systems AC97, the wireless bluetooth is a HP w200 and it uses a Compaq Multiport for the wireless stuff. I got the DRI 3D drivers partially installed. I'm using kernel 2.6.10-1 out of unstable. This the section of the readme I'm following:

"cd /usr/src
tar -xzf drm-trunk.tar.gz
cd kernel-source-2.6.9
cp /boot/config-2.6.9-1-k7 ./.config
make-kpkg --append-to-version -1-k7 modules_image
dpkg -i ../drm-trunk-module-2.6.9-1-k7_<dri-trunk-sid version>_i386.deb"


So I ran:

cd /usr/src
tar -xzf drm-trunk.tar.gz
cd kernel-source-2.6.10
cp /boot/config-2.6.10-1-386 ./.config
make-kpkg --append-to-version -1-k7 modules_image
dpkg -i ../drm-trunk-module-2.6.10-1-386_<dri-trunk-sid version>_i386.deb

What am I doing wrong and how do I get the rest of my hardware going as well. X11 is the priority so lets fix it first though.
 
Old 01-16-2005, 09:56 AM   #6
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Bump, I really need to get this working for work uses. I'm not going back to windows after using Debian.
 
Old 01-17-2005, 05:29 PM   #7
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I'm sorry, I really don't know much about drivers. The only thing I can think of is that you need kernel-package installed. Also it may have something to do with your
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make-kpkg --append-to-version -1-k7 modules_image
it might need to be

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make-kpkg --append-to-version=-1-k7 modules_image
 
Old 01-17-2005, 10:18 PM   #8
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the Smartlink modem driver should work with the Agere modem, my toshiba laptop had one of those (till it got fried by lightning.. accursed florida). You can find it at www.smlink.com I think.

Also, I don't know if you can get nidiswrapper to work with your WiFi card, if not, I use the Madwifi modem drivers, and they work great....You might wanna try MadWifi, as I think my Wifi card is agere too, so you might get lucky! if you need a "how-to" on getting the card working, I have some.

Good luck.
 
Old 01-30-2005, 10:01 PM   #9
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W200

I've had success with my W200 using scripts found here
Oystein Olsen's Orinoco USB page
using his script build-source.sh, run as user.

Josh
 
  


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