Installing Debian Unstable on ECS G551


 

Last updated: november 30 2007

General Hardware Specifications of ECS G551:

Hardware Components
Status under Linux
Notes
Pentium M 1.3 Ghz on Intel 855PM Chipset
WorksNo special procedure required during installation.
15'' TFT Display (1024x768)
WorksSelect Generic LCD Display in Installer
ATI Radeon 9000 Mobility
WorksNo special procedure required during installation.
512MB, DDR2, 2DIMMsWorksNo special procedure required during installation
40 GB Ultra ATA Hard DriveWorksNo special procedure required during installation
FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C551WorksNo special procedure required during installation
Integrated Network Card RealTek RTL-8139 Ethernet 100Mbits
WorksNo special procedure required during installation
Cardbus Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c475
WorksNo special procedure required during installation
Combo CDRW-DVD optical drive
WorksNo special procedure required during installation
Internal miniPCI Intel PRO/wireless 2200BG WiFi
Works No special procedure required during installation
3600 mAH Lithium-Ion BatteryWorksNo special procedure required during installation
Integrated Intel AC'97 Audio controllerWorks

No special procedure required during installation

FIR Fast Infra-red controller winbond W83977AFWorks with driver options

options w83977af_ir io=0x6f8 irq=3

This laptop is operating under Kernel version 2.6.18

Basic Installation of Debian Unstable 4.0:
  • Why to use Debian Unstable: very large amount of packaged software. Easy to use.
  • Obtaining Debian Unstable: Debian GNU/Linux
  • Installing: minimal cdrom+network
  • Post-Install modifications/tweaks: kernel patch for undervolting processor (works fine)
Unresolved issues
  • Wake-On-Lan (perhaps not supported by hardware)
  • Multiple suspend-to-ram leave laptop is an unstable state
More Specific Information. Specific stuff such as:
  • lspci:

    Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82855PM Processor to I/O Controller (rev 03)
    PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82855PM Processor to AGP Controller (rev 03)
    USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 0 3)
    USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 0 3)
    USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 0 3)
    USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
    PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 83)
    ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
    IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller (rev 03)
    Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Cont roller (rev 03)
    VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R250 [Mobility FireGL 9000] (rev 02)
    Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection (rev 05)
    Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
    CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c475 (rev b8)
    FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C551 IEEE 1394 Controller
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