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#1 2020-12-28 23:30:09

Uooops
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Registered: 2019-07-08
Posts: 19

Update drivers

Hello.

I've recently installed lithium in a tablet bq tesla 2 and Battery status and bluetooth doesn't work.
I have tried other distros and in fedora 33 they work. Then I think it could be some drivers issues.
I tried updating the kernel to last version and it remains the same.

Can anybody help me updating drivers or solving this on any other way?

Note: I haven't got too much experience inux and after looking for too long I can't find the solution. Maybe it's too easy but I cant see it.

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#2 2020-12-29 14:09:13

sleekmason
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Re: Update drivers

Installing a newer kernel in itself won't help you.  The newer kernel supports newer drivers.

Don't know which driver(s) you need, but here is the simple way to get the updated drivers.

Add:

deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ unstable main non-free contrib

To your /etc/apt/sources.list

And then update your driver by adding /unstable at the end of the line like so:

sudo apt install firmware-mycool-driver/unstable

This will the allow separate installation of unstable packages (sid).

You can do this with any SINGLE package needed without using /apt/preferences.

Because firmware is standalone, you can do this with ALL of the firmware of you like.

You may have seen warnings after installing a newer kernel during the update to initramfs.

These affect nothing, just letting you know the kernel couldn't find the updated firmware.

Here is a list of the current possibilities in unstable.  Update all of it if you want.

firmware-b43legacy-installer
firmware-b43-installer
firmware-amd-graphics
firmware-linux-nonfree
firmware-linux
firmware-linux-free
firmware-libertas
firmware-iwlwifi
firmware-ivtv
firmware-ipw2x00
firmware-intelwimax
firmware-intel-sound
firmware-cavium
firmware-brcm80211
firmware-bnx2x 
firmware-bnx2
firmware-atheros
firmware-ath9k-htc
firmware-misc-nonfree
firmware-myricom
firmware-netronome
firmware-netxen
firmware-qcom-media
firmware-qlogic
firmware-realtek
firmware-samsung
firmware-siano
firmware-ti-connectivity
firmware-zd1211

My own thinking on this is that it may not be a driver issue, but maybe another monitoring package you are missing? (acpi something?)

Another option is to build your own kernel and turn on those options that apply to your needs.
Here's a link to do that:
https://forums.bunsenlabs.org/viewtopic.php?id=4870

Here is a kernel with most of the debugging removed, but everything else is up to date, and will work well as a base to compile your own.
https://github.com/sleekmason/Kernel-Stable

Start with that one first, as trying to compile using the Debian defaults will give you headaches getting the first one built.

If you persist, grab the newest kernel from:
https://www.kernel.org/
and build again.

Hope you find an answer!  Please post back your solution when found:)

Last edited by sleekmason (2020-12-29 14:11:04)

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#3 2020-12-29 18:07:02

DeepDayze
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Registered: 2017-05-28
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Re: Update drivers

Also when done installing the desired driver/firmware packages from unstable don't forget to comment out that line for the unstable repo so that you don't accidently upgrade something unrelated to unstable as you might break your stable system if you do.


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#4 2020-12-29 22:46:48

Uooops
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Registered: 2019-07-08
Posts: 19

Re: Update drivers

You were right sleekmason, not a driver's issue. I'll try building kernel calmly.Thank you for your help.

Nice advice DeepDayze, thanks.

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