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Old 11-11-2005, 12:39 PM   #1
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Whats wrong with this dist.


I just tryed to install Debian 3.1 sarge on my HP Compaq dc7100 Small Form Factor pc.

Install went ok, but when i made the first boot everything looked terrible: Graphic card obviously didn't word, no sound/or card detected, no usb ports found...the list goes on and on.

Must say i got dissapointed...it sort of set my pretty new pc 10 years back.

At first i tryed SuSe 10 which is an official alternative for m$ on this machine, it all looked good, but I didn't like the commercial part so after some reading i tryed Debian.

Now what's the problem: Is it the complete 'free software' project they run that causes the lack of supported hardware...or is it my knowledge to the subject?
 
Old 11-11-2005, 01:01 PM   #2
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Debian can have problems with hardware detection, depending on your devices. Maybe help us with what hardware you have in your system...? Also, if you're keen on the idea of Debian, maybe Ubuntu may be more to your liking - still based around Debian, but more graphical + user-friendly with (in my opinion) slightly better hardware detection during install.
 
Old 11-11-2005, 01:28 PM   #3
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By looking at the specs for your computer, I would say the support for Integrated Intel 915Graphics
may not be there yet. Hence the lack of a correct display. No use blaming Debian but perhaps try
Ubuntu..
 
Old 11-11-2005, 01:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for your advice. I allready checked out (k)ubuntu, it looks good and i bet it's gonna work on my system...but im stubborn...I want to crack the Debian issue.

I found a page from Novell containing some of the hardware, here is the url: http://developer.novell.com/yes/79219.htm

Also i tryed to download and install drivers to the graphic card from http://dri.freedesktop.org/wiki/ but the install didn't work out. (drivers worked fine on my slackware 10.2).

No no im not 'blaming' the Debian project, I was just convinced that there would be a driver somewhere on the approximately 8.3GB's of software.

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Old 11-11-2005, 02:11 PM   #5
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Good attitude and I wish you luck.
I think you'll make it anyway !
The reason why Ubuntu may work is because they use
the latest packages from debian unstable. Did you try
installing Etch instead of sarge ? Perhaps the netinstall
disc will contain this damn driver, because they are updated
on a weekly basis. If you install Debian, try burning the latest
image from debian.org.

cheers
 
Old 11-27-2005, 06:47 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by samael26
Good attitude and I wish you luck.
I think you'll make it anyway !
The reason why Ubuntu may work is because they use
the latest packages from debian unstable. Did you try
installing Etch instead of sarge ? Perhaps the netinstall
disc will contain this damn driver, because they are updated
on a weekly basis. If you install Debian, try burning the latest
image from debian.org.

cheers

Thanks,

And it paid off

I just did a netinstall on my PC, it found all the hardware - no problems at all. The netinstall was the Debian Sarge.

Real nice looking desktop using gnome.

Im gonna try the etch also, but i cant seem to find the netinstall/install images anywhere. Any suggestions?

Sincerely, Jorgen
 
Old 11-27-2005, 06:54 PM   #7
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If sarge is working, then your next option is to dist-upgrade to etch to see if that will work. Just change the occurrences of sarge to etch in your /etc/apt/sources.list and do:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get dist-upgrade

(repeat as necessary)

However, watch the output. It may want to remove your gnome or kde (or whatever) entirely.
 
Old 11-27-2005, 07:01 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by kmoffat
If sarge is working, then your next option is to dist-upgrade to etch to see if that will work. Just change the occurrences of sarge to etch in your /etc/apt/sources.list and do:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get dist-upgrade

(repeat as necessary)

However, watch the output. It may want to remove your gnome or kde (or whatever) entirely.

Thanks I will try that and post back

You have any links to ftp's or http's where i can download a iso image of the etch? (netinstall or full)

Jorgen
 
Old 11-27-2005, 07:33 PM   #9
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I found it on the debian.org website, I'll have a look.
 
Old 11-27-2005, 07:35 PM   #10
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http://www.debian.org/releases/testing/

looks like it will get you there.

or

http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
 
Old 11-28-2005, 07:53 AM   #11
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Thanks for the links

I will try it later today.
 
  


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