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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
Aureum 4200

Sub-models (4200) options :

Overall Status

Tested with Debian Squeeze as of 10 march 2010. Kernels amd64, i686 and i686 bigmem.

Core Components

[ATTACH]

Boot Standard Kernel:

{OK}

LAN network card:

{OK}

Detect CD/DVD:

[-]

Detect hard drives:

{OK}

Extra Features

CPU Frequency Scaling

{OK}

Hibernation

{OK}

Sleep / Suspend

{OK}

Xorg

{OK}

- OpenGL

{OK}

- Resize-and-Rotate(randr)

[?]

Switch to External Screen

[?]

Mouse

- Built-in (Trackpoint)

[-]

- Built-in (Touchpad)

{OK}

Modem

[-]

Wireless/Wifi

X-(

Keyboard's Hotkeys

{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

Configuration

Display

Aureum series uses Intel mobile GS40 integrated video chipset, with up to 256 MB shared memory.

Works out of the box with Intel FOSS video drivers

Audio

Works out of the box.

Touchpad

Synaptics driver, as we could see.

Works out of the box.

Power Management

Works out of the box.

Suspend when closing lid. Resume flawlessly. Hibernate and resume flawlessly. Fan control and cpu frequency scaling flawlessly. Screen brightness auto reducing flawlessly. Hard disk spin down not verified yet.

WiFi

You have to install wpasupplicant package as a pre-requisite. You have to downlad latest and greatest Realtek 8192SE PCI linux driver source from http://www.realtek.com.tw. As of 10 March 2010, the wireless connection is still unstable and short range for the 64 bits version. You could use the 32 bit bigmem kernel to get stable connection and long range. It is easiear to compile module installing module-assistant before, as root:

# apt-get update
# apt-get install module-assistant
# module-assistant prepare

Go to the directory where you expanded the tar.gz and then

# make

You could issue a "make install", but will not have a package installed. I compiled and packaged using checkinstall.

# checkinstall make install

You need to edit /etc/modules

pciehp
r8192se_pci

You need to edit /etc/modprobe.d/r8192se_pci.conf to enforce load order and options.

blacklist r8192se_pci
options pciehp pciehp_force=1

After a reboot, the Fn+F10 (hardware card enablers) will activate the Bluetooth and Wireless Network using the pcie hot plug.

Modem

WebCam

Works out of the box.

It is an USB camera. Enable with Fn+F10 and call a webcam app; Cheese, for example.

Hot Keys

Assumed keyboard as ACPI standard. Configuration needed for many of the hotkeys. The best info source for correct configuration, at this moment, is https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Hotkeys/Architecture . If you manage to get config files for released keys, read /usr/share/doc/udev/README.keymap.txt for sending a patch and post a link here. Still in the works. Write your experiences.


System Summary

lspci -nn

Wireless enabled Fn+F10

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub [8086:2a40] (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a42] (rev 07)
00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a43] (rev 07)
00:1a.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 [8086:2937] (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 [8086:2938] (rev 03)
00:1a.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 [8086:2939] (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 [8086:293c] (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller [8086:293e] (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:2940] (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 [8086:2942] (rev 03)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 4 [8086:2946] (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:2934] (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:2935] (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:2936] (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 [8086:293a] (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev 93)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation ICH9M-E LPC Interface Controller [8086:2917] (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller [8086:2929] (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller [8086:2930] (rev 03)
03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device [10ec:8172] (rev 10)
04:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 02)

lsusb

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

WebCam enabled Fn+F11, Wireless enabled Fn+F10

Bus 006 Device 003: ID 0db0:a97a Micro Star International Bluetooth EDR Device
  bDeviceClass          224 Wireless
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Bluetooth
  iProduct                0 
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 04f2:b197 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd 
  bDeviceClass          239 Miscellaneous Device
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Interface Association
  iProduct                1 USB 2.0 Camera
      (Bus Powered)
  bDeviceClass          239 Miscellaneous Device
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Interface Association
  (Bus Powered)

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

Resources

Attachments

Some configuration files and sample outputs.

Credits