Debian Etch 4.0 on the Acer Aspire 1642

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Quick Guide

Here’s a short guide to installing Debian Etch 4.0 on the Acer Aspire 1642. Let’s go!

Hardware

Part Type
Processor Intel Pentium M 1.7G
Memory 512Mb
Video card Intel 915G
Sound card Intel HDA (ALC 883 chipset)
Touchpad Synaptics Touchpad
Pair of hands Not growing from an ass

After installation of Debian Etch 4.0 I found the following issues

  • sound card is not supported by kernel 2.6.18
  • resolution 1280×800 is not supported

Sound
For resolving first issue you must change kernel to version 2.6.20+, because sound card is not supported by kernel 2.6.18. You should download kernel 2.6.20 from www.kernel.org and compile it using the following command:

# make-kpkg --append_to_version -smp --initrd kernel_image modules_image

Then you should install it:

# dpkg -i kernel_blablabla.deb

and add “model” parameter into file /etc/modprobe.d/sound:

options snd-hda-intel index=0 model=acer

and reboot linux. When you run amarok or another audio player sound will rise from the dead 🙂

Video

We need to install 915resolution package so open up a terminal and type:

# apt-get install 915resolution

Reboot X11 and enjoy with new resolution.

Useful links


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4 thoughts on “Debian Etch 4.0 on the Acer Aspire 1642

  1. I Have done a pretty like tuto as yours and you have no need to add a new kernel : ’cause I had done se same thing just in recompilation on alsa-drivers.

    Otherwise, Great Topic.

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