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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 owners 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
Precision 5520

Debian version
8.7 with backports kernel 4.9.0-0.bpo.3-amd64

Sub-models (LIST OF MODEL REFERENCE NUMBER) options :
- Video card: Nvidia Quadro M1200
- Screen size: 15"
- Wireless card: Intel Wireless 8265 / 8275
- Disk : 256GB SSD. No CD/DVD drive

Overall Status

Core Components

[ATTACH]

Boot Standard Kernel:

{OK}

LAN network card:

{OK}

Detect CD/DVD:

[-]

Detect hard drives:

{i}

Extra Features

CPU Frequency Scaling

[?]

Hibernation

[?]

Sleep / Suspend

{i}

Xorg

{OK}

- OpenGL

{i}

- Resize-and-Rotate(randr)

{i}

Switch to External Screen

{i}

Mouse

- Built-in (Trackpoint)

[-]

- Built-in (Touchpad)

{OK}

Modem

[-]

Wireless/Wifi

{i}

Keyboard's Hotkeys

{OK}

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

For Laptops with Pre-Installed windows

If your machine comes with Windows pre installed, then chances are that the linux installation will not detect your hard drive.
For your hard disk to be successfully detected, you need to boot into the UEFI menu (press F2 at the time of system startup when you are greeted with a black screen with a Dell Logo) and change the Hard Disk mode to AHCI

Dual Booting Windows

If your laptop comes with a pre-installed windows and you would like to setup a dual boot, then you can either

For Hard disk recognition issues

Double check if your hard disk is set to AHCI mode. (Check above for instructions)

Wifi Driver issues with stock jessie image

If you have installed jessie using the stock jessie image, the Intel 8265 / 8275 (or newer) cards will not be recognised. This is because the drivers for these cards are not included in the 3.16 kernel.
To fix this, you'd need to connect the laptop to the internet via LAN cable or USB-C and install the latest linux kernel.

Installing the new Kernel

Note: Following steps require root privilege. Either become root using  sudo su -  or prepend sudo to each command

nano /etc/apt/sources.list

add:

deb http://<yourmirror>/ jessie-backports main

then:

apt update
apt install -t jessie-backports linux-image-amd64

Configuration

Display

- Video card: Nvidia Quadro M1200
Note: The Nvidia card on this system is NvidiaGraphicsDrivers/Optimus enabled.

sudo apt-get install -t jessie-backports nvidia-driver nvidia-xconfig

Audio

Use ALSA

Mouse/Trackpad

No additional configuration needed.

Power Management

WiFi


System Summary

lspci

lsusb

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

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

Resources

Attachments

Some configuration files and sample outputs.

README page for Nvidia graphics driver
SoundConfiguration
NvidiaGraphicsDrivers/Optimus

Credits

AskUbuntu thread for fixing hard disk recognition issues


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