[SOLVED]Post installation driver problems, wireless, graphics

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  1. brick2

    brick2 New Member

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    Ok so I just installed Debian 7.5 on my laptop and encountered several problems.

    First off was the problem with GNOME 3, GNOME 3 failed to load.
    Second problem was that the system does not recognize an external monitor via hdmi. Via VGA I do not know do not have a cable to try it out.
    Third problem was that my wireless was no recognized.

    Dell Inspiron 5537 Laptop
    wireless: Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
    Graphics card: VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09) from the 4xxx series
    System: 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.57-3+deb7u2 x86_64 GNU/Linux

    Before I had Fedora, but only cuz all the devices were recognized by default, for a while now I wanted to switch over to Debian but as I came to relize my hardware for some reason is not working.

    I have reviewed this post viewtopic.php?t=107377

    But was unable to implement the solution given there.

    Could anyone help me out here. Any advices, guidelines are welcome.

    Thank you all for your time.
    brick2
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  2. arochester

    arochester Well-Known Member

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    When you say Debian 7.5 is that Wheezy (Stable)? This post: http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=113209 suggests that the way forward with this laptop may be Jessie (Testing).

    When you say GNOME 3 failed to load what happened? What did you see?

    One of the "problems" with Debian is that by default it only gives you the "free" stuff. Some things e.g. wireless drivers are proprietary and not "free" therefore you need to make sure your sources list includes "main contrib non-free" . Look at your sources list by becoming Root, input: su
    Then do something like: leafpad /etc/apt/sources.list [substituting leafpad for your text editor, if you don't have leafpad]

    Strangely this laptop seems to be sold with Ubuntu pre-installed. http://uae.souq.com/ae-en/dell-insp...6-inch-1tb-8gb-ubuntu-linux-silver-6479477/i/
  3. brick2

    brick2 New Member

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    Ok so I added non free sources but. for graphics I tried
    apt-get install xorg xserver-xorg xserver-xorg-core xserver-xorg-input-synaptics xserver-xorg-video-intel libgl1-mesa-dri libgl1-mesa-glx

    all of the were installed and were the newest versions.

    To non free sources I added:

    deb http://ftp.cz.debian.org/debian stable main contrib non-free
    deb-src http://ftp.cz.debian.org/debian stable main contrib non-free

    deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-updates main contrib non-free
    deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-updates main contrib non-free

    deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib non-free
    deb-src http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib non-free
  4. brick2

    brick2 New Member

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    For GNOME 3 it just says that the graphics is most likely not able to support it.
    I know that this is not true as when I had Fedora it GNOME 3 and KDE worked just fine.
  5. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Debian 7.5 does not support your system. In fact the 3.2 kernel does not support 2nd Gen graphics, let alone 4th gen.

    You must upgrade to a newer system. If you wish to stay with Debian, that means testing.
  6. arochester

    arochester Well-Known Member

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    If you want to upgrade just change your sources list.
    stable to testing
    wheezy to jessie
    Then do (as Root)
    apt-get update
    apt-get upgrade
    apt-get dist-upgrade
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  7. brick2

    brick2 New Member

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    Upgraded it and went for KDE instead.
    Thank you for your time.

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