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I have an HP Pavilion dv6645eo with Debian 5.0 on. It runs as it should, except for certain drivers.
I don't have the Nvidia driver, so graphics are very low, and I alså need Broadcom driver, so therefore I have not wirelessly.
Before I had Ubuntu and there was something with "Hardware Drivers", where I just had to put the checkmark and reboot, but in Debian it is obviously more technical.
Some will help me installing Nvidia driver version 173 and the Broadcom driver?
The Nvidia driver should be accessable in the Debian repositories through synaptic. Installing it will pull in the kernel headers and a few other packages. As for the Broadcom wireless, I am not sure how to set that up. If there is no Linux driver, you may have to set up a wrapper like ndiswrapper and run a Windows driver in Linux. Others may be able to help you with that.
Ubuntu IS Debian, but Debian unstable with Ubuntu specific changes so you should be able to get things working. The difference, as you may have found out already, is that Ubuntu holds your hand through everything and Debian does not, but it's a great way to learn.
I can post back with the specific packages I installed for the Nvidia drivers this evening when I get home.
OpenFWWF 5.1 opensource firmware for the following Broadcom AirForce 802.11b/g wireless cards:
apt-get install openfwwf
* BCM4311 revision 1
Open firmware for Broadcom BCM43xx (b43) wlan devices
This package contains the open source firmware alternative for Broadcom
AirForce BCM43xx wireless lan chipsets, which can be used in combination
with the in-kernel b43 module of kernel 2.6.30 or above. .
Known supported boards:
Can I just install some Nvidia packages in Synaptic?
The second option looks to be unnecessary and burdensome out.
Yes - although the steps outlined above work fine, the fact the drivers and all needed packages are in the repositories makes this process seem a bit cumbersome in comparison. You will still need to know your kernel version though because the Nvidia drivers are built for the kernel packages in the repositories. You can find out your kernel version by running
Could you tell me the purpose of "m-a update" and "m-a prepare" within this script? They don't seem to do anything since it's a foreign package. At least I've never run them when installing an NVIDIA driver from nvidia.com. All I do is run the .run file.
I'm just using module assistant to go grab and install the current kernel header packages needed to compile the module. the commands are short and quick to type and everything is handled automatically. (by automatic I just mean that I don't have to remember $(uname -r) or go manually lookup my current kernel with uname)
the alternate method (what most people do) is to use aptitude to install the specific kernel header package for your running kernel. something like: