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Installing newer ALSA driver on an Asus Eee Pc 1000H

I have Debian testing on my Asus Eee Pc 1000H with Linux 2.6.26.  The ALSA driver therein doesn’t fully support the Eee Pc 1000H (and  therefore neither the 901).Sound playback is fine, but the microphone doesn’t work. Installing Linux 2.6.28 was a no-go as the drivers for the wireless isn’t available there, so I decided […]

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Asus Eee Pc 1000H with Debian Lenny (testing)

I have bought an Asus EeePc 1000H which is one of the new popular netbook – a very small and light weight notebook. I chose the Asus EeePc 1000H for several reasons: I travel a lot, often by motorcycle and kayak, and need something compact and lightweight for mail, internet, blog updates and social networks; […]

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Zepto Znote 3215W with Debian Testing/lenny

As my old Asus M2N laptop got older and older, and for some reason slower and slower, I decided to buy a new one. I ended up gettinng a Zepto Znote 3215W with a few customisations. There were several reason for this choice: Zepto has very competive prices, Zepto will sell laptops without an OS […]

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Verbatim SmartDisk NAS External Harddrive

I was low on disk space for photos and music, so in a whim I bought a “Verbatim SmartDisk NAS External Harddrive” from where I usually buy blank media. It had a decent size, it wasn’t expensive and it supported NFS. The first thing I did was to reformat the drive as ext3 in stead […]

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Compiz 0.5 in Debian unstable

Compiz 0.5 arrived in unstable a while ago. I usually run testing, but the Compiz 0.3.6 I used came from experimental. Unfortunately, an installation of Compiz 0.5 from unstable on a testing system would update libc6 and hence almost all of the system to unstable. I waited. The libc6 update passed into testing recently, and […]

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Aptitude

I’ve been using dpkg, apt-get and apt-cache for a long time, but since I got a new laptop with a fresh install of Debian testing I have been playing with new toys. One is aptitude. I found the curses-based interface obnoxious, but after some time I came to like the command line interface. It has […]

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Checking Debian hardware compatibility

This site is absolutely great for finding the right drivers and checking hardware compatibility: http://kmuto.jp/debian/hcl/index.cgi Just paste the output of lspci -n into the form and it’ll tell what is supported and by which drivers. It couldn’t be easier.

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Debian 2006 GPG keys

Debian has updated their signing keys so apt-get update produces errors like these: W: GPG error: http://mirrors.dk.telia.net testing Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 010908312D230C5F W: GPG error: http://mirrors.dk.telia.net unstable Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 010908312D230C5F […]

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Installing Debian Sarge on a HP Proliant DL320

I’ve just installed Debian Sarge on a HP Proliant DL320 without a hitch. It is a Xeon 3.4GHz hyperthreaded with 1Gb ram and a single SATA disk. I booted it via PXE since it has no optical drive and no floppy and ran the installation from there. The basic system works perfectly, with a stock […]

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Nucleus CMS on Apache2 / Debian

While moving all my sites to Apache2 and PHP4.4 on a Debian server, I ran into a few problems. Not sure why, though. All pages on all blogs came up blank and there was absolutely nothing in the Apache error log. A test showed that the server returned zero bytes. I ran the install.php script […]

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Gnome 2.8

So Gnome 2.8 finally made it to Debian Testing, more or less. In the end I got most of the packages from Unstable. I have mostly noted two visible changes, though there are many more. The most visible is without doubt the automatic handling of removable media, though the combination of hal, udev, hotplug and […]

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Problems with packages in Debian Testing

There are currently some bugs in gcc related packages in Debian testing. They won’t install because they contain files owned by other packages too. The errors are: (Reading database … 77290 files and directories currently installed.) Preparing to replace gcc-3.3-base 1:3.3.4-6sarge1.1 (using …/gcc-3.3-base_1%3a3.3.4-6sarge1.2_i386.deb) … Unpacking replacement gcc-3.3-base … dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/gcc-3.3-base_1%3a3.3.4-6sarge1.2_i386.deb (–unpack): trying to […]

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Kernel 2.4.26 on the Soltek Qbic

My kernel upgrade rampage has hit my home server to day. It was still running the kernel installed by the debian netinstall cdroms I had used, so the amount of available modules were rather scarce. Most of the motherboard is based on the Intel ICH5 chipset, not that different than the Intel ICH4 chipset on […]

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Getting a Debian kernel source tree for driver compilation

I have stumbled into this a few times, so I’d better write it down. Here is how you get a kernel source tree setup for compilation of drivers under Debian, assuming you’re using a Debian provided kernel package. The information is shamelessly stolen from Martin List-Petersen: Lets assume you’ve installed kernel-image-2.x.y-z-arch. It could be kernel-image-2.4.25-1-386 […]

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Setting up Nucleus blogs

This site is run by Nucleus CMS, and this is just to recapitulate how it was set up. It wasn’t all that hard, but it might be useful to remember. First step was to create the blog in Nucleus which is straightforward. Second step was to clone the grey skin and two templates, and edit […]

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Installing Debian on a Soltek Qbic EQ 3401M

I bought a Soltek Qbic EQ 3401M computer to use as a cheap home server. A low noise level was one of my main priorities, since the computer must on at all times, while being located in my home office where I work every day, and the Soltek delivers what they promise. The machine is […]