Debian testing net installed from scratch using the current testing iso
from the official debian installer page.
No fancy stuff during installation, just the basics. I played a bit with the partitions and ended up with LVM, but decided against encrypted LVM partitions.
Most things are working as intended except a couple of things:
- wireless. This is a common Debian thing, since firmware is non-free
- random (graphics related) machine lock-ups. This site gave me some hints. It is about the kernel version.
- fingerprint reader. I haven’t looked into this yet.
In /etc/apt/sources.list I use
deb ftp://ftp.dk.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free deb-src ftp://ftp.dk.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main deb-src http://security.debian.org/">http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main
and make it up-to.date
apt-get update apt-get upgrade
non-free is needed for firmware and flash.
As always, kernel compilation involves downloading the kernel source, copying the old configuration, update the configuration, and build&install.
I tried using the latest kernel, being 3.6.1, but it failed with odd SCSI and keyboard file compilation errors, so I went the easy way and grabbed the latest 3.4 kernel.
- Download kernel from kernel.org
- tar -xjvf
- Install the build tools:
- apt-get install build-essential libncurses5-dev
- copy config from /boot:
- cp /boot/config-3.2.0-3-amd64 /.config
- Update config:
- make oldconfig
- type enter on all questions
- Build it (and take advantage of all the cores):
- time make -j 5 deb-pkg
- Install the new kernel (as root):
- dpkg -i linux-image-3.4.13_3.4.13-1_amd64.deb linux-firmware-image_3.4.13-1_amd64.deb
Building took 93 minutes, so the would be a good time to do something else 🙂
To get the intel wireless running
apt-get install firmware-iwlwifi
and it should work, perhaps you need to do disable+enable wireless for the firmware to become active.
PCI devices using lspci
$ lspci 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller (rev 09) 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09) 00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04) 00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04) 00:16.3 Serial controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family KT Controller (rev 04) 00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 04) 00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04) 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04) 00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4) 00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev c4) 00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev c4) 00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04) 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation QM77 Express Chipset LPC Controller (rev 04) 00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 04) 00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04) 02:00.0 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd MMC/SD Host Controller (rev 07) 03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (rev 34)
Nothing surprising, except perhaps that the card reader is PCI device and not a USB one.
USB devices using lsusb
$ lsusb Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0bdb:1926 Ericsson Business Mobile Networks BV Bus 003 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub Bus 004 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 003 Device 003: ID 147e:2020 Upek Bus 003 Device 004: ID 0a5c:21e6 Broadcom Corp. Bus 003 Device 005: ID 5986:02d2 Acer, Inc
There is a lot of devices. Root hubs, bluetooth, fingerprint reader, camera, 4G modem and more. I will dig into that when I get the need.
hard disk benchmarking
# hdparm -Tt /dev/sda /dev/sda: Timing cached reads: 20560 MB in 2.00 seconds = 10290.62 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 1210 MB in 3.00 seconds = 402.84 MB/sec
I think this the fastest disks I have ever had. The values would be higher, if I shut down everything except the command line, but this is good enough for me. The SSD disk is getting better buffered speeds than I got from the Rackspace test last year.
I think I am going to like this machine.