11 December 2009

Debian 5.0 Lenny x86 on Toshiba Satellite A215-S4747

If you are like me and have to rely solely on a wireless setup for your internet (and don't have direct access to a router), then I would recommend downloading the wireless driver beforehand and storing it on a USB drive for after the installation.

Download the latest version of madwifi hal source from http://snapshots.madwifi-project.org/madwifi-hal-

Just getting Debian to boot the installation disc was a task. When you get the boot prompt, select Install or Graphical Install and hit Tab in order to edit the boot parameters.

Use "apic=off" to the boot line and then boot.

Run the install as you normally would. You will notice that it detects your wireless card, but unfortunately it doesn't work properly and therefore won't detect any wireless networks. You can either do this install using a wired connection (which does work out of the box), or using the Debian install CD1 or DVD1. If you are doing the install without any connection at all I would recommend using the DVD just in case there are extra packages that you might need for getting your wireless to work.

Atheros Wireless Setup

Download the latest version of madwifi hal source from http://snapshots.madwifi-project.org/madwifi-hal-
$ tar -zxvf madwifi-hal-
$ cd madwifi-hal-
$ sudo make install
$ sudo modprobe ath_pci
$ sudo modprobe wlan_scan_sta
$ sudo echo "blacklist ath5k" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
$ sudo echo "ath_pci" >> /etc/modules
$ sudo echo "wlan_scan_sta" >> /etc/modules

ATI Mobility Radeon X1200 Graphics Setup

$ sudo apt-get install fglrx-atieventsd fglrx-driver fglrx-glx fglrx-source
$ sudo module-assistant auto-install fglrx-source
$ sudo aticonfig --initial

After a reboot, the graphics should work.
Verify that it worked

$ fglrxinfo
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon X1200 Series
OpenGL version string: 2.1.8304 Release

Setup Compiz

$ sudo apt-get install compiz compiz-gnome compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-plugins

Add “compiz --replace” to “Desktop -> Preferences -> Sessions -> Startup Programs”.

Adobe Flash Plugin Install

Get Debian Multimedia Keyring
Then install it:

dpkg -i debian-multimedia-keyring_2008.10.16_all.deb

Add to /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org lenny main

Then run:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get remove gnome swfdec-mozilla
$ sudo apt-get install bluez-gnome libmtp7 libgksu1.2-0 python-notify aspell libgda3-common python-gnome2-extras libgksuui1.0-1 evolution-exchange rhythmbox system-config-printer libgpod3 gnome-themes-extras python-eggtrayicon gnome-spell python-4suite-xml libgda3-3 transmission-common libgdl-1-0 serpentine libopenobex1 transmission-gtk libgdl-1-common gnome-vfs-obexftp flashplayer-mozilla

Sun Java Plugin Install

$ sudo apt-get install sun-java6-plugin

Disable System Beep

Add "blacklist pcspkr" to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

This will take a reboot to take effect or you can do the following to make the effects immediate:

$ sudo rmmod pcspkr

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