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DebianOn is an effort to document how to install, configure and use Debian on some specific hardware. Therefore potential buyers would know if that hardware is supported and owner would know how get the best out of that hardware.

The purpose is not to duplicate the Debian Official Documentation, but to document how to install Debian on some specific hardware.

Models covered
Acer TravelMate Business

Sub-models (P253-M-32344G50Mnsk) options :

- Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-2348M 2.3 GHz, 3MB Intel® Smart-Cache) - Video card: Intel HD 3000 Grafik
- Screen: 39,62 cm (15,6“) HD LED Display, mat, 1366 x 768, 16:9
- Wireless card: Acer InviLink 802.11b/g/Draft-N
- Ram: 4096 MB DDR3, max 8192 MB
- Disk: 500 GB HDD, 5.400 U/Min
- optical device: DVD Super Multi Brenner DVD (DL±RW/CDRW)

Installation

The device came with Windows 8 and SecureBoot and UEFI preinstalled. To install Debian, SecureBoot has to be deactivated: During the Acer boot splash screen, press F2, set supervisor passord, disable SecureBoot. UEFI can be kept. Also change the boot order to have the CD-ROM before the Windows boot loader. If you used Windows before, deactivate quickstart in the system settings. With this setting activated, shutdown is in reality a suspend-to-disk and it is better to have a clean system if the HDD has to be re-partitioned. I have not been able to boot the Live-CD 7.0 or from a USB-memory stick. Netinstall 7.1 works however.

Overall Status

Core Components

[ATTACH]

Boot Standard Kernel:

{OK}

LAN network card:

{OK}

Detect CD/DVD:

{OK}

Detect hard drives:

{OK}

Extra Features

CPU Frequency Scaling

{OK}

Hibernation

{OK}

Sleep / Suspend

{OK}

Xorg

{OK}

- OpenGL

{OK}

- Resize-and-Rotate(randr)

{OK}

Switch to External Screen

[?]

Mouse

- Built-in (Trackpoint)

[-]

- Built-in (Touchpad)

{OK}

Modem

[-]

Wireless/Wifi

{OK}

Keyboard's Hotkeys

{i}

SD-card reader

{i}

Legend :
{OK} = OK ; {X} Unsupported(No Driver) ; /!\ = Error (Couldn't get it working); [?] Unknown, Not Test ; [-] Not-applicable
{i} = Configuration Required; X-( = Only works with a non-free driver and or firmware

Important Note

At boot-up there is the error message (685108)

 [drm:intel_dsm_platform_mux_info] *ERROR* MUX INFO call failed 

This device is subject to irregular freezes of the GnomeShell (675345). As this happens also with other graphic cards than intel, I do not think it is connected to the bug above. The topic is also discussed in the Debian User Forum. A suggested solution is described at Freedesktop. Up to now this seems to be the solution.

Configuration

Display

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0116] (rev 09)

Audio

00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller [8086:1e20] (rev 04)

Mouse

Tap to click is not enabled by default. Scrolling can be set to run with 2 fingers or edge.

Power Management

WiFi

I had to restart the computer after it was connected to the WLAN before I could actually get into the internet. It might be an issue with my old Speedport or with nm-applet.

Modem

Card reader

02:00.1 SD Host controller [0805]: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM57765 Memory Card Reader [14e4:16bc] (rev 10)

DVD

works out of the box, but for encrypted DVDs, the region must be set manually otherwise the player shows the error message main input error: ES_OUT_RESET_PCR called. To do so run regionset. See the man-pages for the number of your region.

Hot keys

Brightness keys have no effect, even though they show a change on the screen:
In /etc/default/grub add acpi_backlight=vendor to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT. Then update-grub


System Summary

lspci -nn

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller [8086:0104] (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0116] (rev 09)
00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 [8086:1e3a] (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 [8086:1e2d] (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller [8086:1e20] (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 [8086:1e10] (rev c4)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 [8086:1e12] (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 [8086:1e26] (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation HM77 Express Chipset LPC Controller [8086:1e57] (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] [8086:1e03] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller [8086:1e22] (rev 04)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM57785 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe [14e4:16b5] (rev 10)
02:00.1 SD Host controller [0805]: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM57765 Memory Card Reader [14e4:16bc] (rev 10)
02:00.2 System peripheral [0880]: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:16be] (rev 10)
02:00.3 System peripheral [0880]: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:16bf] (rev 10)
03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:0032] (rev 01)

lsusb

lsusb -v | grep -E '\<(Bus|iProduct|bDeviceClass|bDeviceProtocol)' 2>/dev/null

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         0 Full speed (or root) hub
  iProduct                2 
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         0 Full speed (or root) hub
  iProduct                2 
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Single TT
  iProduct                0 
Couldn't open device, some information will be missing
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Single TT
  iProduct                0 
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 04f2:b374 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd 
  bDeviceClass          239 Miscellaneous Device
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Interface Association
  iProduct                2 
      (Bus Powered)

Resources

Attachments

Credits

Hotkeys for brightness settings: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1871622&page=4

SD-card reader: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=136183


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