Debian Squeeze on Acer Aspire One 522 AO522-C6Dkk
On 2012-03-31 I bought the netbook
Acer Aspire One 522 AO522-C6Dkk (LU.SES0D.322).
I paid 299,35 euro at Makro Machelen.
I followed the instructions for installing Windows 7 Starter. Then I used Windows to resize the C: drive. The result is that the C: drive became 144,04 GB, and that I got 140,95 GB free space.
I put the Debian network installer on my USB stick using the following steps, using my old laptop :
Next, I modified the boot order in the bios. I powered up the netbook, and quickly pressed F2 to enter the bios. There I set the boot order to the following : USB FDD, USB HDD, Network Boot, HDD0, ATAPI CDROM, USB CDROM. Putting "Network Boot" before "HDD0" is to work around a problem with freezing.
Then I used the USB stick to install Debian on the netbook. I followed these steps :
- I inserted the power cable, the network cable (utp), and the USB stick, and then I powered up the netbook.
- The "Installer boot menu" was shown only briefly, because the timeout in syslinux.cfg was set to 5, see above.
- In the partitioner I chose "guided - use largest continuous free space" and "all files in one partition".
- When the question about the Debian mirror was shown, I first followed these steps to make sure that all packages downloads go via apt-cacher.
- Back at the question about the Debian mirror I selected "manual" and entered "192.168.60.6:3142" and "/ftp.be.debian.org/debian/".
- When asked what software to install, I accepted the already checked packages groups : graphical desktop environment, laptop, standard system utilities.
- I confirmed to install grub in the master boot record (MBR).
- Finally, at the last screen of the installer, I pulled out the USB stick and the network cable, and confirmed to reboot.
At this point, Debian Squeeze was installed on the netbook. However, a few problems were still to be solved. I followed the these steps :
- I booted the netbook. Without the network cable to prevent waste of time trying to boot from the network.
- At this point, the screen resolution was only 800x600, and the wifi led was out.
- Then I inserted the network cable.
- I edited /etc/apt/sources.list to disable the deb-src lines by adding a # sign, to add sections contrib and non-free on all remaining lines, and to add backports by adding this line :
deb http://192.168.60.6:3142/ftp.be.debian.org/backports.org squeeze-backports main contrib non-free
- Then I executed these commands :
apt-get install firmware-linux-free
apt-get -t squeeze-backports install firmware-linux-nonfree
apt-get -t squeeze-backports install xserver-xorg-video-radeon
apt-get -t squeeze-backports install linux-image-amd64
- I pulled out the network cable, and rebooted to use kernel 3.2.
- At this point, the screen resolution is 1280x720 (great!) and the wifi led is red (excellent!).
- To enable mouse clicks with the touchpad, I switched that on via System, Preferences, Mouse, Touchpad.
- I opened a wifi network connection to my home wifi network using the icon on the screen.
- I edited /etc/inputrc to turn off the irritating beeps in the console.
set bell-style none
- To turn off the loud beep when starting gdm I edited /etc/gdm3/greeter.gconf-defaults :
- I changed the screensaver settings : blank screen, idle after : 2 hours, activate : no, lock : no. That is because I want to use the netbook for viewing tv recordings with mplayer.
- I also changed the "power management" settings, so that when the laptop lid is closed, the screen becomes blank instead of doing a "suspend".
- I switched off the option "automatically download and open" in the Epiphay browser preferences.
- At this point sound did not yet work. I saw that there are two audio devices, using this command :
To make sound work, reordering the two devices was a solution.
To do that, I added the following line to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf :
options snd slots=,snd-hda-intel
After rebooting the two devices were switched.
I tested the volume hotkeys Fn-arrow-up and Fn-arrow-down : they worked.
I played a tv recording with mplayer, and tested the / and * volume keys : they worked.
- To turn off the beep at reboot or shutdown, I opened "volume control", clicked on the "preferences" button, selected the mixer "beep", and then muted the "beep" mixer.
2012-04-09 Bart Martens