Friday, I got a new laptop, a Dell Latitude D600, to replace my Compac Evo N400c; using the new Debian installer for Sarge, it took less than 20 minutes to get a working environment, with Gnome 2.6 and most of the hardware functionalities working… Quite a big improvement since the last time I used the Debian installer!
The main piece that didn’t quite work as is, is the ACPI configuration; fortunately, other people than me have gone through this, and following these Dell D600 tips for Linux, I think I got the remaining bits working; a few notes to other Debian users with regard to the notes linked above:
- as of today, Debian
acpidwon’t read configuration files with a
.in them (see a related bug report), so rename the
PBTN.conffiles without their
radeontoolbinary compiled in the process hardcodes the location of the
/sbin/lspciwhereas Debian has it in
/usr/bin/lspci; so either recompile it with the proper fix, or make a symbolic link from one to the other
acpi_handler.plfile needs to be tweaked to be adapted to Debian, too; that’s mostly replacing
As far as I can tell, now my laptop goes to suspend when the lid is closed and the AC power is off; and the screen goes blank when the lid is shut, whatever state the AC power is at.
I hope that the weird disk noises that I heard this morning were just that, and not the sign of anything worse… Also, I still get to get the internal Wifi card to work, although the fact that my PCMCIA card works as is doesn’t really motivate me to make it work…