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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
Asus N750JV

Sub-model : T4180H Leap Motion
- Video card Intel + discrete ATI GeForce GT 750M
- Screen size (17.3" wide)
- Ethernet controller : Realtek RTL8111/8168/841
- Wireless card Qualcomm Atheros AR9485
- Disk size : 750 GB, Ram size : 16 GB, Matsuhita CD/DVD/BluRay reader/writer
- Other options : a card reader (untested), a bundled leap motion sensor whose function is utterly unknown to me (left unconnected), a Bluetooth adapter

Overall Status

Core Components

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

{OK}

Mouse

- Built-in (Trackpoint)

[-]

- Built-in (Touchpad)

{OK}

Modem

[-]

Card reader

[?]

Wireless/Wifi

{OK}

Bluetooth adapter

{OK}

Keyboard's Hotkeys

Most {OK}, some [?]

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

/!\ In order to boot on a CD/DVD/USB, you have to configure the boot in NVRAM : put your medium in place, reboot, hit F2 at the start of power cycle, go to "boot", disable "Secure boot" and enable "PXE", then place your medium as the first place in boot order.

Configuration

Updated Nov 16, 2013 : a smarter boot line allows (almost) all the hardware to work fine (see below), except multi-CPU control (!).

Updated again Nov 22 2013 : Installing the proprietary Nvidia driver is enough to enable management of the F1-F4 hotkeys and is preferable (see below).

How I installed

The reported results have been obtained on a system installed by booting on a Debian (7.2) USB live and installing it, the resulting (working) system being immediately dist-upgraded to Jessie.

Necessary command parameters : acpi= nolapic. 'acpi=' is necessary to F5-F6 recognition (no, there is nothing after the equal sign !), 'nolapic' is necessary to F1-F4 recognition, but has the unfortunate consequence of losing the multi-CPU control.

More functional alternative : acpi= is enough if you have installed the proprietary Nvidia driver; that way, you get multi-CPU control back.

Display

Integrated Intel (4000?) controller (lspci says :"Intel Corporation 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller").

Works out of the box : Xorg loads, among other, vesa, fbdev and intel drivers, recognizes the video as Intel, configures it and unloads the vesa and fbdev drivers.

Discrete Nvidia adapter (lspci says : "NVIDIA Corporation GK107M [GeForce GT 750M] (rev a1)"). This is complicated :-)

The only reasonable "mainstreet" use of this discrete card seems to be to use it for specific applications (games, possibly video), via bumblebee and primus. Another interesting use (probably unreasonable except for some numerical geeks...) is to use it with the CUDA libraries to boost some linear algebra operations (think statistics...). Not yet explorated seriously.

This card is currently (Nov 16, 2013) too new to be supported by nouveau, you'll have to install the proprietary Nvidia drivers >= 325 if my reading of the Nvidia blurbs is correct. They are currently in experimental only. You'll have also to edit the autogenerated /etc/bumblebee/bumblebee.conf, replacing "KernelDriver=nvidia" with "KernelDriver=nvidia-current".

I did not make a serious attempt to use it as the main X server.

Audio

Intel integrated audio (lspci says "Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio Controller (rev 06)")

Mouse

Integrated touchpad. Xorg's synaptics module says it's a " ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad". Works out of the box.

Power Management

- Sleep : works via Fn-F1, power button and Gnome's system menu.
- Hibernate and Shutdown : work via Gnome's system menu.

WiFi

Atheros AR9485. Works out of the box.

Bluetooth adapter

Unknown model (I don't know how to hunt for this). Able to connect to my cell phone. 'Nuff said...

Modem

Not applicable

Card reader

Unknown model (I don't know how to hunt for this). Untested.

Keyboard hot keys

What works

- Sound control (Fn-F10 ==> sound toggle, Fn-F11==> volume down, Fn-F12 : volume up).
- Wifi control (toggled by Fn-F2)
- Keyboard backlightng (via Fn-F3, Fn-F4, a bit coarse)
- Power control : see above.
- Screen brightness via Fn-F5-Fn-F6
- Display On:Off : works via Fn-F7.
- Internal/external display toggle : works via Fn-F8 (tested on the mini DisplayPort output).
- Touchpad toggle via Fn-F9

What is not tested

- Keyboard hotkeys for camera (Fn-V ans Fn-C) : I get no OSD response
- Keyboard hotkeys for media player control (Fn+numeric keypad direction keys): I get a "Forbidden" icon via OSD.


System Summary

lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor DRAM Controller [8086:0c04] (rev 06)
00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor PCI Express x16 Controller [8086:0c01] (rev 06)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0416] (rev 06)
00:03.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio Controller [8086:0c0c] (rev 06)
00:14.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI [8086:8c31] (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 [8086:8c3a] (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family USB EHCI #2 [8086:8c2d] (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset High Definition Audio Controller [8086:8c20] (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #1 [8086:8c10] (rev d4)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #3 [8086:8c14] (rev d4)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #4 [8086:8c16] (rev d4)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #5 [8086:8c18] (rev d4)
00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family USB EHCI #1 [8086:8c26] (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation HM86 Express LPC Controller [8086:8c49] (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller 1 [AHCI mode] [8086:8c03] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 8 Series/C220 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller [8086:8c22] (rev 04)
01:00.0 3D controller [0302]: NVIDIA Corporation GK107M [GeForce GT 750M] [10de:0fe4] (rev a1)
03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:0032] (rev 01)
04:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller [10ec:8168] (rev 0c)
05:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device [10ec:5227] (rev 01)

lsusb

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

Couldn't open device, some information will be missing
Couldn't open device, some information will be missing
Couldn't open device, some information will be missing
Couldn't open device, some information will be missing
Couldn't open device, some information will be missing
Couldn't open device, some information will be missing
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 8087:8000 Intel Corp. 
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Single TT
  iProduct                0 
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         0 Full speed (or root) hub
Couldn't open device, some information will be missing
  iProduct                2 
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 8087:8008 Intel Corp. 
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Single TT
  iProduct                0 
Couldn't open device, some information will be missing
Bus 003 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:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         3 
  iProduct                2 
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 13d3:5188 IMC Networks 
  bDeviceClass          239 Miscellaneous Device
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Interface Association
  iProduct                1 
      (Bus Powered)
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 13d3:3402 IMC Networks 
  bDeviceClass          224 Wireless
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Bluetooth
  iProduct                2 
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Single TT
  iProduct                2 

USB Host controllers entries (without OHCI, UHCI, EHCI) are removed too.

Resources

Attachments

Some configuration files and sample outputs.

Credits


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