Sunday, March 14, 2010

Debian squeeze on HP tx1301 au(tx1000 family)

This is a log of installation of Debian squeeze on HP tx 1301 au notebook.

1. Installation is a no problem issue.
2. During installation after the network configuration is over remove the internet connection. so that software packages are not downloaded from any mirrors. There seems to be a dependency problem which fails the installation.
3. Install the software from cd and dvds.

(The name of the tar.gz file may change when a new version is released, change accordingly).
mkdir -p .mozilla/plugins
Move the extracted .so file to the plugin directory:
Restart firefox. Go to about:plugins to see if it’s enabled

compile a new kernel.
First compiled a 2.6.30, too many bugs related to the disks, noveau driver and alsa drivers(hda-intel). Two to three days wasted in recognizing this.
Compile a kernel with the default config file provided with debian squeeze. My laptop has a AMD turion x2 64 bit processor. So all the cd images downloaded were of amd64 arch.
This is the first time I am using the 64 bit capabilities of my laptop since I purchased this laptop two years ago.

blacklist the wacom and pcspkr modules in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

I couldnt get the evtouch driver to work with the latest versions. zenity is giving lot of
errors. But the initial hick up of consisted event numbers can be solved as below.
create a file 65-consistent-touch.rules in /etc/udev and add the below line in it
KERNEL=="event*",ATTRS{name}=="eGalax*", SYMLINK+="input/mytouch"

change the name of the hplj****.rules to hplj**** so that these rules dont start at boot time

synaptic touchpad fails to respond to tapping or scrolling actions hence, run the following two commands to immediately make it work:

modprobe -r psmouse
modprobe psmouse proto=imps

To make this change permanent, create a file such as touchpad.conf under /etc/modprobe.d/, and put the following line in it:

options psmouse proto=imps

delete the wacom driver from /usr/lib/xorg/modules/input/. More better is not to build the wacom driver.

To boot to windows in grub2. Though grub2 identifies the windows partition it fails to add the necessary configuration to the /boot/grub/grub.cfg. Add the following three lines to the grub.cfg file

menuentry "Windows XP/vista" {
set root=(hd0,1)
chainloader +1
} working with nvidia binary driver, lesser hard disk freeze and no alsa problems

Since evtouch drivers did not work I used the propreitory drivers from eeti's website.
Download Touchkit64 extract and run as root.
comment out the below lines
Install xorg-input-mouse package to provide, which will be removed during installation.

Dont forget to install both GNOME and KDE. Debian's implementation of KDE 4 is on par or better than other distributions. The screen looks beautiful.

It was an enjoyable week. Thanks to all the developers of the GNU land for giving me food for thought and consistently. Thank U guys. I will update the blog with any other info I remember.

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