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groovin 01-13-2004 05:18 PM

Hardware detection
how good is hardware detection in debian? In RH9, I could simply unplug my HD and move it to another computer and it would detect and install everything perfectly. I dont expect this from Debian, but it would be nice!

dbkluck 01-14-2004 07:16 PM

hahahaha! debian doesn't do hardware detection. learn to love modconf, you'll need to manually select modules to load in order for stuff to work.

Strike 01-14-2004 07:57 PM

The new debian installer does exceptional hardware detection. And I believe kudzu is being ported to Debian for runtime hardware detection. As is, I think you can install the discover package and get some assistance from that in the hardware detection arena.

groovin 01-15-2004 11:39 AM


when you say 'new' do you mean whats coming with sarge or is it also in woody?

masinick 01-15-2004 12:46 PM

Anaconda from Red Hat is either being, or has been, ported to Debian by Progeny, a company that supports both Red Hat and Debian GNU/Linux software. The Debian discover project, contributed by Progeny and others, also has pretty good hardware detection. Finally, the Knoppix project, a Live CD to hard disk Debian implementation, has some of the finest hardware detection around. Between these three efforts, you have an excellent chance to get support for the kind of hardware that you're using.

Strike 01-15-2004 08:06 PM


Originally posted by groovin

when you say 'new' do you mean whats coming with sarge or is it also in woody?

New as in upcoming, not new as in current :)

karnevil9 01-16-2004 04:05 AM

If you want to install Debian for the experience of doing it, the Woody version does a pretty good job. If you want a Debian based system with very good hardware detection try Knoppix.

TigerOC 01-16-2004 04:35 AM

You'll find details of anaconda for Debian here .

BroX 01-16-2004 07:05 AM


If you want a Debian based system with very good hardware detection try Knoppix.
I tried a Knoppix live CD in a Toshiba Satelite 1805-S203 (800MHz, 128 MB RAM), but at startup it hangs at:

'Scanning for harddisk partitions and creating /etc/fstab/...'

There are now 2 partitions, one with WIN2000 (FAT32), and the other empty FAT32.
Booting in expert mode did not help.
Creating a swap partition also made no difference.

Does anyone have a workaround for this?

Thnx, Leon.

dbkluck 01-17-2004 11:31 AM

knoppix might be getting confused by some sort of obscure hardware on the laptop. try typing "knoppix failsafe" at the boot prompt. that will disable almost all of the hardware detection.

ac1980 01-18-2004 05:00 AM

Note; If you prefer a DE different from KDE (like Gnome or XFCE4) you can have a look at Morphix. It comes in "flavours"

bcalder01 03-16-2004 12:16 PM

I'm using a Knoppix 3.2 install on a laptop, which has been basically cool after being a RedHat user for a few years. The only prob I have is when I change PCMCIA cards - I only have one working slot (hey, the notebook was free). I just changed out the modem card for a 3C5974 LAN card that formerly worked fine in the same machine. No beeps, nothing. Even tho the right module is loading on startup, it's not associating with the card. Kudzu seems to want to delete all my config files, network card or no, and my primitive attempts at restarting the networking & PCMCIA services have yielded no joy. So:

* What tools are available in Debian to pick up new/modified hardware?
* What can I try to get the beast to see the LAN card again?

I'm running a 2.4.22 kernel I compiled - are there any compilation-specific options that need to be enabled, or will a later kernel work better?

bcalder01 03-16-2004 06:01 PM

I solved my problem, after I cooled down a bit ...

I recompiled my kernel again, adding ISA & EISA PNP support, but probably more specifically support for PCMCIA I82092 & I 82365 bridges, as well as IDE multimode, this after getting "status=0x51" errors when trying to mount a CD.

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