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
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.
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.
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.
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.