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Debian squeeze on dell vostro 1720

2011-05-12 20:20:34

Really disappointed by latest ubuntu version (11.04), I recently decided to go back to good old debian. I'm using windows/linux dual boot on my computer. Nevertheless, it needed a few tricks... as usual.

Wifi network configuration

Debian installer was looking for b43/ucode15.fw and b43-open/ucode15.fw at network step, but I didn't find a way to provide those files on a USB stick. So I installed with my ethernet wired connection. Then I installed package firmware-b43-lpphy-installer as suggested by debian wiki. My chipset is a BCM4312 LP-PHY (PCI-ID 14E4:4315).

But it was not enough, I had to modify b43 linux kernel module configuration with the following steps:

modprobe -r b43
echo options b43 pio=1 qos=0 >> /etc/modprobe.d/local.conf
modprobe b43

Hard-drive configuration

I want my hard-drive automatically mounted after boot-up, so I modified /etc/fstab and added the following line:

/dev/sda5 /media/data ntfs-3g defaults,user,exec,uid=1000,gid=100,umask=0022 0 0

Anonymous user with no password

In addition to my standard private account, I want another anonymous account with no password, here is the way to do it in debian.

  1. create user anonymous using Users and groups panel,
  2. create group (addgroup) nopasswdlogin
  3. add a rule in pam configuration file pointing to this group :

    auth required pam_env.so readenv=1 envfile=/etc/default/locale
    auth sufficient pam_succeed_if.so user ingroup nopasswdlogin

  4. check "log in without password" in anonymous user panel

Retrieve windows 7 boot entry

After debian squeeze installation, the new Grub2 installed removed my windows entry, to retrieve it I had to install os-probe package.

Rhythmbox radio stations

I also discovered that rhythmbox radio stations and all music tracks were stored in ~/.local/share/rhythmbox/rhythmdb.xml. Very useful to backup and restore all your custom radio stations.

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