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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
Fit-PC Slim

Overall Status

Core Components

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Boot Standard Kernel:

{OK}

LAN network card:

{OK}

Detect hard drives:

{OK}

Extra Features

CPU Frequency Scaling

[-]

Hibernation

[?]

Sleep / Suspend

[?]

Xorg

[?]

- OpenGL

[?]

- Resize-and-Rotate(randr)

[?]

Serial console

{i}

Wireless/Wifi

X-(

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

Configuration

Display

Audio

Working out of the box.

Audio works fine with alsa CS5535 Audio (ref. /proc/asound/cards) even though it seems there is way to many controls available in alsamixer.

TODO: missing module options to reduce mixer controls ????

WiFi

Sensors

Using lm-sensors works fine with lm90 and scx200_acb modules added in /etc/modules

Hardware TRNG (true random number generator)

To take full advantage of the hardware TRNG (true random number generator), you may install rng-tools.

Serial Console output with grub

This configuration is heavily inspired from the Debunutu How-To, link mentioned below.

The fit-PC may be run as a headless machine, then it is quite handy to have the serial output enabled and functional to access boot options in case of problem or for testing purpose.

Configure ttyS0

Configure init to use ttyS0

In /etc/inittab add the line beginning with "s0" is the following bloc

1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty1
2:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty2
3:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty3
4:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty4
5:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty5
6:23:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty6
s0:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty -L 115200 ttyS0 vt102

Then tell init to read the re-examine the file with the command:

init q

Configure grub kernel menu on ttyS0

In /boot/grub/menu.lst , before the "AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST", add the following:

## Serial Console setup
#
serial --unit=0 --speed=115200 --word=8 --parity=no --stop=1
terminal --timeout=10 serial console
##

Then run update-grub.

Configure grub to output booting message on ttyS0

To have boot message printed on ttyS0 you need to add the following option to the kernel:

console=ttyS0,115200n8 console=tty0

You might do so in the default options in /boot/grub/menu.list:

## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
## alternatives
## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
# defoptions=console=ttyS0,115200n8 console=tty0

Then run update-grub.


System Summary

lspci

00:01.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] CS5536 [Geode companion] Host Bridge [1022:2080] (rev 33)
00:01.1 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Geode LX Video [1022:2081]
00:01.2 Entertainment encryption device [1010]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Geode LX AES Security Block [1022:2082]
00:0d.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ [10ec:8139] (rev 10)
00:0f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] CS5536 [Geode companion] ISA [1022:2090] (rev 03)
00:0f.2 IDE interface [0101]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] CS5536 [Geode companion] IDE [1022:209a] (rev 01)
00:0f.3 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] CS5536 [Geode companion] Audio [1022:2093] (rev 01)
00:0f.4 USB Controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] CS5536 [Geode companion] OHC [1022:2094] (rev 02)
00:0f.5 USB Controller [0c03]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] CS5536 [Geode companion] EHC [1022:2095] (rev 02)

lsusb

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

Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         0 Full speed (or root) hub
  iProduct                2 OHCI Host Controller
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 18e8:6238 Qcom
  bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
  bDeviceProtocol         0
  iProduct                2 802.11 bg WLAN
      (Bus Powered)
  bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
  bDeviceProtocol         0
  (Bus Powered)
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 EHCI Host Controller

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

Resources

Attachments

Some configuration files and sample outputs.

Credits

Copyright (C) 2009 GeoffB Under the GNU GPL2


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