HP Pavilion 15-n084ca laptop computer setup for debian linux

Here are the many steps to install Debian 7.1.0

YLL 20131026

To be done right after installing Debian:

Log in as root and enter the following command...


apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

Update the PCI BUS database :


Get hardware information:

lshw -c video

The list is exaustive and may be very long.

Not installed by default in Debian.

Wireless connection with Ralink RT3290:

First thing you're going to want to do is update and get the Linux Headers, for this you will open Terminal and type the following:


sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic

After that is complete, cd to your home directory if you're not already there:


cd ~

Now you're going to want to download the Ralink RT3290STA Driver


wget http://dl.dropbox.com/u/11876059/DPO_RT3290_LinuxSTA_V2600_20120508.tar.gz

Now extract the tar:


tar -xvf DPO_RT3290_LinuxSTA_V2600_20120508.tar.gz

Open "DPO_RT3290_LinuxSTA_V2600_20120508/os/linux/config.mk"

Find the following lines and make sure they look like this:




Now back in Terminal, cd into the extracted driver folder:


cd ~/DPO_RT3290_LinuxSTA_V2600_20120508

Now the following commands in order:


sudo su


make install

After that finishes, activate the wireless driver:


sudo modprobe rt3290sta

Your wifi should pop right up, but it will not survive a reboot yet...

Now let's make sure it will activate on boot, for this we will be editing the "modules" file:


sudo gedit /etc/modules

Copy/paste these lines at the very bottom:




Save the file and exit

Now you need to blacklist the default driver so that it doesn't override the rt3290sta driver:


sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

**** Could be "sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/fbdev-blacklist.conf" ****

**** But it is working like this. ****

Scroll down the bottom of that file and add these lines at the bottom:


#Wireless drivers conflicting with rt3562sta

blacklist rt2800pci

blacklist rt2x00pci

Save and exit

Now update your changes:


sudo update-initramfs -u

Now exit the terminal and reboot

Upon reboot you should have working wifi that will survive every reboot. Hope this helps everyone, it took me about 2 days to figure all this out.

Source: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2104690

The WIFI LED is always ON(orange):

The WIFI key does toggle the WIFI ON an OFF:

Command to switch rf and bluetooth ports on/off:

rfkill list

rfkill block

rfkill unblock

Not installed by default under Debian.

Add a new repository via apt command:

To add anew repository using "apt":

add-apt-repository ppa:xxxxxxxx/ppa

To remove a repository using "apt":

add-apt-repository --remove ppa:xxxxxxxx/ppa

Install video driver for Radeon HD 8610G:

Go to web page http://support.amd.com/en-us/download

Select the following options from the drop-down menus

Step 1: APU(Accelerated processors)

Step 2: Mobile APU (Acceleratd processors)

Step 3: A- Series APU

Step 4: Linux x86_64

Step 5: Clic on green "Display Results" button.

Download "latest beta driver" using the green "downlaod" link. This latest driver is dated October 8th, 2013 and it is a 117MB file at the time of this writing. (Oct 26th, 2013)

Extract the file into your hmoe directory.

Make the file executable.

Double click on it and "Execute it in a terminal window".

Accept the license, when asked for it.

Accept a reboot when it asks for it.


* Unable to get the brightness keys to work *


This command does adjust brightness.

xrandr --output LVDS --brightness .7

Put into an "alias" like bs7 for brigght 70%

Put into an "alias" like bs5 for brigght 50%

Put into an "alias" like bs for brigght 100%

To be put into .bash_aliases file.

Create it if it does not exist yet.

The addon lines would look like this:

alias bs7='xrandr --output LVDS --brightness .7'

alias bs5='xrandr --output LVDS --brightness .5'

alias bs='xrandr --output LVDS --brightness 1'

The value .4 seems to be the absolute minimum.

The value 1 look like a sunburn setting.

Does not survive a closed session or a reboot.

Lid position detection on laptop:

cat /proc/acpi/buton/lid/LID/state

The output would be similar to:

state: open[close]

Useful system commands:

hdparm -t -T /de/sda

dpkg -l



uname -a



cat /proc/cpuinfo

cat /etc/*-release

rfkill unblock all

acpi -V

iwlist ra0 scanning

ntpq -nc peers

ntpdc -c sysinfo

Add personal aliases so they are available at login:

Create the file .bash_aliases in your home directory.

Put your aliases into it, one per line, according to the following:

alias l='ls -a --color'

alias ll='ls -al --color'

Youtube does not work in iceweasel navigator:

sudo apt-get remove gnash

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

Source: http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=76841

SDHC card reader:

Select "Unix (Linux)" near the top of the page.

Find the line with "PCI RTS5229 Card Reader Driver For Linux".

I selected the Downloade site 3, US1, as I am on the North-America's East coast.

Select to save file on your PC.

Decompress the file.

Follow the README text file.

Source http://www.realtek.com.tw/Downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=15&PFid=25&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false#2


Network access has to be changed from "NAT" to "Bridge"

Trying to install Debian 7.1, require the lan interface to be changed from "ra0" to "eth0".

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