[lfs-dev] New laptop

Armin K. krejzi at email.com
Thu May 1 04:49:00 PDT 2014

On 05/01/2014 05:09 AM, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> I just wanted to mention that I got a new laptop this afternoon.
> Toshiba Satellite 17.3" Laptop
> Intel Core i7
> 8GB Memory
> 750GB Hard Drive
> processor       : 7
> vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
> cpu family      : 6
> model           : 60
> model name      : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4700MQ CPU @ 2.40GHz
> I spent a while figuring out how to not accept the Windows EULA.  It
> wasn't obvious.  I had to remove the battery and then start up holding
> the F2 key.
> The next issue was how to disable that secure boot thingy.  There were
> two separate places in the BIOS that I had to install as well as to tell
> it to boot to usb first.  That wasn't too had to figure out.
> I decided to use a usb install drive with debian-7.1.0-amd64-xfce.  It
> wasn't liking the data on the usb drive so I reloaded it (it has worked
> before).  Anyway, it's up now.
> First thing I noticed was that it's using the vesa driver.  The video is
> 'Intel Corporation Haswell Integrated Graphics Controller'.  The vesa
> drivers does give 1920x1080 so that's not a problem.  I suspect when I
> get LFS up I'll be able to use a better driver.  I don't know yet if
> this needs firmware or not.
> The second thing is that the wifi isn't recognized:
> Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR8161 Gigabit Ethernet
> Again, I suppose that this can be fixed with a new kernel.
> My next objective is to do a LFS build an follow with a relatively
> complete BLFS build.  I want to use this system to validate/update the
> current -dev books for both LFS and BLFS.
> It will be interesting to see what the SBU time is.
>   -- Bruce

Consider yourself lucky. You have managed to get *only* video+wireless
card combination that doesn't require any firmware. Well, at least when
I had atheros card it didn't require firmware. That was ath5k. Yours is
probably ath9k.

Note: My last name is not Krejzi.

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