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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

Installing Debian

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.

ATI Radeon Mobility X1600 driver install

A whopping 55MB image download from ATI. After the fresh Debian install I could only get 1024x768 without that binary one.

Wireless - Intel 3945


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

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