Debian Etch on a Dell 6400 (E1505)

Hardware

PCI devices

 
# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller IDE (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 01)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
03:01.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd Unknown device 0832
03:01.1 Generic system peripheral [0805]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 19)
03:01.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd Unknown device 0843 (rev 01)
03:01.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 0a)
03:01.4 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev 05)
0b:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)

SCSI devices

 
# cdrecord -scanbus
scsibus0:
        0,0,0     0) 'ATA     ' 'Hitachi HTS72108' 'MC4O' Disk
        0,1,0     1) *
        0,2,0     2) *
        0,3,0     3) *
        0,4,0     4) *
        0,5,0     5) *
        0,6,0     6) *
        0,7,0     7) *
scsibus1:
        1,0,0   100) 'TSSTcorp' 'DVD+-RW TS-L532B' 'DE04' Removable CD-ROM
        1,1,0   101) *
        1,2,0   102) *
        1,3,0   103) *
        1,4,0   104) *
        1,5,0   105) *
        1,6,0   106) *
        1,7,0   107) *

Screen resolution at 1680x1050

Install the package 915resolution

 
# aptitude install 915resolution

and configure the values XRESO and YRESO in the /etc/default/915resolution file

 
# cat /etc/default/915resolution
#
# 915resolution default
#
# find free modes by  /usr/sbin/915resolution -l
# and set it to MODE or set to 'MODE=auto'
#
# With 'auto' detection, the panel-size will be fetched from the VBE
# BIOS if possible and the highest-numbered mode in each bit-depth
# will be overwritten with the detected panel-size.
MODE=auto
#
# and set resolutions for the mode.
# e.g. use XRESO=1024 and YRESO=768
XRESO=1680
YRESO=1050
#
# We can also set the pixel mode.
# e.g. use BIT=32
# Please note that this is optional,
# you can also leave this value blank.
BIT=

Wireless

The wireless card is recognized at installtime, just edit the
/etc/network/interfaces file or use the wifi-radar package to configure the
wireless network connection.

If it has not been installed, just run

 
# aptitude install ipw3945d ipw3945-modules-2.6-686

There is one unresolved problem with the wireless card. It if has been
disabled before hibernation or standby, it can not be reactivated after the
wake-up.

Beep

The notebook is configured to beep loudly by default. To disable the beep, do

 
# echo "blacklist pcspkr" >>/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

and

 
# rmmod pcspkr

for immediate effect.

Hibernate

In order to restore the proper resolution, hibernate should be configured to
launch 915resolution on resume

 
# aptitude install hibernate
# echo "Runi915resolution true" >>/etc/hibernate/hibernate.conf

Automatic Processor speed adjustments

 
# aptitude install speedstep-centrino cpufreq-userspace powernowd
# echo "speedstep-centrino" >> /etc/modules
# echo "cpufreq-userspace" >> /etc/modules

SD card reader

Works as it is.

Audio

The built-in Intel 82801G audio card is automatically detected and configured at installtime.

SMP

To enable the SMP feature, install the x686 version of the kernel

 
# aptitude install linux-image-2.6-686

Wired Network card

Does not need an installation


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