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Installing Debian "Etch" on Dell Latitude D630

Last updated: 2007-07-07

General Hardware Specifications:

Hardware Components
Status under Linux
Notes
Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo T7100 (1.80GHz) 2M L2 Cache, 800MHz Dual Core Works No special procedure required during installation.
14.1 WXGA LCD Display Works No special procedure required during installation.
Intel® Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 Works (mostly) Use vesa X windows driver and a hacked 915resolution
1.0GB, DDR2-667 SDRAM, 1 DIMM Works No special procedure required during installation
120GB Hard Drive, 9.5MM, 5400RPM Works No special procedure required during installation
8X DVD+/-RW Works Only reading data CDs has been tested at this time
Modular Floppy Drive Not Tested None installed
Integrated Network Card Works No special procedure required during installation
Intel® 3945 802.11a/g Dual-Band Mini Card Works Uses wpa_supplicant
Internal 56k Modem Not Tested  
Integrated Sound Card Doesn't Work Using USB sound "card" instead
9 Cell Primary Battery Works No special procedure required during installation

This laptop is operating under Kernel version 2.6.18-4-686

Basic Installation Of Debian "Etch"

http://www.debian.org has complete download and installation instructions. A few notes for this installation:

Setting Up The WLAN

Firmware download and installation instructions are at http://ipw3945.sourceforge.net. Install the ipw3945 daemon and /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf:

apt-get install ipw3945-modules-2.6-686 ipw3945d
apt-get install wpasupplicant

Edit /etc/network/interfaces and /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf.

1280 x 800 Display Resolution

Install the latest 915resolution (substitute latest version number):

apt-get build-dep 915resolution=0.5.2-11
apt-get --compile source 915resolution=0.5.2-11
dpkg --install 915resolution_0.5.2-11_i386.deb

If running 915resolution -l gives you the message

Intel chipset detected.  However, 915resolution was unable to determine the chipset type.

The source needs to be edited. Instructions are at http://groups.google.com/group/915resolution/browse_thread/thread/80d987af344dcdca

USB Sound "Card"

Edit /etc/modprobe.d/sound to make the USB sound "card" number zero. This makes the mixer easier to use. Don't forget to unmute and turn down the volume.

Hardware Clock

Edit /etc/init.d/hwclock.sh and add --directisa to HWCLOCKPARS. This problem is described in https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-source-2.6.15/+bug/43661

Unresolved Issues
Configuration Files

/etc/network/interfaces

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
allow-hotplug eth1
iface eth1 inet dhcp

# Built-in wireless network interface
allow-hotplug eth2
iface eth2 inet manual
	wpa-driver wext
	wpa-roam /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

iface wlan_home inet dhcp

iface wlan_workguest inet dhcp

iface default inet dhcp
  

/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant

network={
	id_str="wlan_home"
	key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
	psk="secret"
	ssid="home"
	scan_ssid=1
}

network={
	id_str="wlan_workguest"
	key_mgmt=NONE
	ssid="workguest"
}

### Associate with any open access point
###  Scans/ESSID changes can be done with wpa_cli
network={
	key_mgmt=NONE
}
  

/etc/modprobe.d/sound

alias snd-card-0 snd-usb-audio
alias snd-card-1 snd-hda-intel
options snd-usb-audio index=0
options snd-hda-intel index=1
  

from /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Section "Device"
## 915resolution is in the startup so the vesa driver can support
## an WXGA display.
        Identifier       "Generic Video Card"
        Driver           "vesa"
        BusID            "PCI:0:2:0"
EndSection
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lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile Memory Controller Hub (rev 0c)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 0c)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 0c)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 02)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI #5 (rev 02)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI #2 (rev 02)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 6 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI #1 (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev f2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile LPC Interface Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation Mobile IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Mobile SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
03:01.0 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. Cardbus bridge (rev 21)
03:01.4 FireWire (IEEE 1394): O2 Micro, Inc. Firewire (IEEE 1394) (rev 02)
09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5755M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 02)
0c:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)
  
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