[Debian-eeepc-devel] wpa installer report

Jeff Abrahamson jeff at purple.com
Fri Aug 15 04:21:33 UTC 2008

I installed debian using installer debian-eeepc-wpa.img.  As I don't
have a way of stating a version, I'll offer the md5 sum of the binary
I used:

    jeff at jeff:~/ORIG-eeePC$ md5sum debian-eeepc-wpa.img 
    897d1d781907f3f6e6624cc1f7b0c963  debian-eeepc-wpa.img
    jeff at jeff:~/ORIG-eeePC$ 

The network portion worked quite well and the install mostly proceeded
flawlessly.  Kudos to the team that put it together.

Nonetheless, the install didn't "just work".  Here's some feedback.

The basic install didn't provide a working X server.  Maybe it should
be easy to apt-get install it later, but I found it confusing.  I
eventually had to run tasksel to install a desktop environment (that I
didn't want).

Somewhere through this the BIOS decided that WLAN should be disabled.
This took a while to debug, as it was unexpected.  Once I turned it on
again, I was able to get gnome to enable wifi.

Oddly, after installing the desktop environment but before removing
anything, apt-get started recommending I do an apt-get autoremove,
which told me it would remove most of gnome.  When I did, of course,
bad things happened to gnome.  (But I planned to remove most of it
anyway, so it wasn't so bad, just bizarre.)

I now have a working system except that the wifi appears to hang
frequently (or maybe just freeze up for a while).  It's enough to sudo
ifdown ath0 && sudo ifup ath0, but I haven't figured out why this is
happening.  I'm not blaming you guys, mind you, just reporting it. ;-)

Anyway, thanks for helping me get my eeepc 900 working under debian.
Fwiw, to identify the machine, here's a snippet from /proc/cpuinfo:

    vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
    cpu family      : 6
    model           : 13
    model name      : Intel(R) Celeron(R) M processor          900MHz
    stepping        : 8
    cpu MHz         : 900.164
    cache size      : 512 KB

Thanks much.


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