CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 (1.83GHz) Graphics: Mobility Radeon X1600 RAM: 1024MB HDD: 120GB SATA 5400RPM LCD: 15.4" WSXGA+ (1680x1050) Ethernet: Realtek Gigabit Wireless: Intel 3945ABG (802.11 a/b/g) USB: 4 USB 2.0 ports TV-out: yes DVI-out: yes Firewire: 400 Weight: 3kg Size: 365x40x270mm
Built-in camera, built-in modem, memory card reader, ExpressCard/34 expansion, came with Windows XP Professional pre-installed
Since it came with Windows XP Professional already installed and I figured a dual-boot can be handy when using the thing for work as well, I decided to keep Windows on the box.
1 - Create a GParted boot CD, boot on that and shrink the C: partition and remove the (empty) D: partition.
2 - Get debian netinst CD image and boot on that (switch your BIOS settings to allow booting from CD). I had to use an existing computer as HTTP proxy for the Debian install since the F3JA wireless doesn't work from within the debian installer.
A whopping 55MB image download from ATI. After the fresh Debian install I could only get 1024x768 without that binary one.
Debian Testing (as of Dec 18 2006)
The necessary ieee80211 tools exist in Debian
> apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.18-3-686 > tar xf ipw3945-1.1.3.tar.gz > cd ipw3945-1.1.3 > make > cd .. > tar xf ipw3945-ucode-1.13.tar.gz > cp ipw3945-ucode-1.13/ipw3945.ucode /lib/firmware > tar xf ipw3945d-1.7.22.tgz > cp ipw3945d-1.7.22/x86/ipw3945d /sbin/ > cd ipw3945-1.1.3 > ./load debug=0