I have thought that buying an old machine is not necessary nowadays, because the driver support ist getting better in Linux every month. But this machine really sucks. First off I would have really preferred a machine with only Intel hardware, because I found that Intel today really does a good support job and I did not have much trouble with it.
ATI and Nvidia on the other hand are not really that open source friendly. So thats my problems in August 2014:
- The ATI Radeon chipset 6900 does not really work with Xorgs Radeon driver. I then used the VESA driver in xorg.conf and this seems to work ok. Even HD videos can be streamed. I don’t know the state of that VESA drivers, but I always thought they were more limited. SO graphics is workable, but sure one should not use VESA generic driver.
- If I shut down the lid and the Notebook goes into hibernate mode I can not wake it up.
- The sound driver seems to work now. I have a MATE desktop and I could see some device but could not set the volume. The solution was I guess to install the package mate-media-pulse. After that there was a conflict with the volume meter that I added to the panel by hand but a new one appeared automatically – and it worked. So that was not a hardware issue but rather installing the mate-desktop does not give you all you might need for a desktop.
- Wireless also did not work. I have solution but its really not fixed. It is the RTL8723BE . I found this Debian Forum entry. There is a Git repository. If you download you can not compile because on line 621 there is an error and I wonder why its not fixed in the repo:
You need to change :
if ((_ieee80211_is_robust_mgmt_frame(hdr)) &&
if ((ieee80211_is_robust_mgmt_frame(hdr)) &&
See also this #5
So thats it for now. I might write a new article if important fixes are available. I am basing this on “Debian Jessie”.
UPDATE 2015: The wireless chip has a problem with power saving. There seems to be a simple fix like it is described here. Create a bew file like /etc/modprobe.d/rtl8723be.conf with this contents:
options rtl8723be fwlps=0
The problem with this chip seems to be that it goes into power sace mode, but the software does not realise and so you are doomed. There are akso new drivers rtlwifi_new that might be available for your system at some point. I chose the simple fix for now. Seems to do the job