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#1 2017-02-09 04:21:22

pjbrunet
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Dude I got a Dell Inspiron 15 5568 so far B.L. install not going well.

I bought this Dell because I wanted a big laptop with 1080p and according to this it should run Linux.

I pop in my old USB with the BunsenLabs ISO. I tried the "live" version first, that was fine. Brightness controls didn't work, no big deal, maybe the install will fix that.

So I try the installer, I get through the language, name, password, but it won't write the partition. I found this link and that sounds promising, but I'm not quite there yet.

Somehow in the process I wrecked my USB stick. About to burn a fresh Bunsenlabs image now...

Any suggestions for my second attempt?

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#2 2017-02-09 04:42:04

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Re: Dude I got a Dell Inspiron 15 5568 so far B.L. install not going well.

This time it worked on the first try!

"Installing the system..."

Very exciting.

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#3 2017-02-09 04:44:32

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Re: Dude I got a Dell Inspiron 15 5568 so far B.L. install not going well.

Shoot I just got "bad archive mirror" error. I went "back" and chose "minimal install."

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#4 2017-02-09 05:07:51

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Re: Dude I got a Dell Inspiron 15 5568 so far B.L. install not going well.

It boots, but now I have no WIFI. There's no option to turn on wireless...

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#5 2017-02-09 07:22:34

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Re: Dude I got a Dell Inspiron 15 5568 so far B.L. install not going well.

pjbrunet wrote:

Brightness controls didn't work, no big deal, maybe the install will fix that.

The purpose of the "live" environment is to test hardware compatibility so if it doesn't work there then it won't work in the installed system.

Did your wireless connection work in the live environment?

Please post the output of:

lspci -knn | grep -iA2 net

Because we are based on Debian's stable release, support can be troublesome for brand new hardware, although this can be remedied (to a degree) post-installation.

according to this it should run Linux.

BunsenLabs is not based on Ubuntu, that guide does not apply here.


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#6 2017-02-09 08:43:47

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Re: Dude I got a Dell Inspiron 15 5568 so far B.L. install not going well.

It might require some tweaking to use that wireless-ac. Check the last post here and also some other linux forums.

"Support for Killer N1525 Combo card has been added in Linux kernel 4.2 and requires firmware-atheros non-free package. Bluetooth is integrated in the Killer N1525 Combo WiFi card, but does not work out of the box. To make it work it is necessary to patch the Kernel and manually download non-free firmware."

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#7 2017-02-09 16:44:50

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Re: Dude I got a Dell Inspiron 15 5568 so far B.L. install not going well.

Apparently this "killer" wifi is supported natively in the 4.3 kernel. Unfortunately, my old USB WIFI sticks no longer work.

If I had more time I would try to compile the drivers myself, or whatever, but I'm in a hurry here and downloading Debian testing, , which I think is called Stretch.

I tried the "ath10k" drivers during the BL install, but no luck. It offered me the option to install my own drivers, but I didn't know what to do...

Maybe all I need is the firmware-atheros package, but without Internet, feels like I'm up a creek without a paddle.

I tried to install this https://blog.hyperexpert.com/how-to-get … th-ubuntu/

But I don't have dkms, so it won't install.

For future reference, some other laptops with the Qualcomm Atheros Killer N1525 Wireless-AC

https://certification.ubuntu.com/catalo … 8c%3A003e/

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#8 2017-02-09 21:01:44

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Re: Dude I got a Dell Inspiron 15 5568 so far B.L. install not going well.

You could no doubt get it working well with packages from jessie-backports, but that'll become much more difficult if all you have is a non-functional wireless connection.  That needs the newer kernel and firmware to get working.

There are Stretch ISO images that contain non-free firmware to make it easier to install if all you have is a wireless connection.

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#9 2017-02-09 23:49:43

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Re: Dude I got a Dell Inspiron 15 5568 so far B.L. install not going well.

stevep wrote:

You could no doubt get it working well with packages from jessie-backports, but that'll become much more difficult if all you have is a non-functional wireless connection.  That needs the newer kernel and firmware to get working.

There are Stretch ISO images that contain non-free firmware to make it easier to install if all you have is a wireless connection.

Thanks @stevep, if I wasn't in a rush, I'd probably buy a quality USB WIFI antennae for times I don't have good coverage, or for times like this. Any recommendations? Then I could get the backports. If I don't get Manjaro working, I suppose that's an option.

I tried Stretch this afternoon and the installer said I needed a pile of "non-free" files, such as iwlwifi-7265-17.ucode and to insert those on a USB. Problem was, I could not locate all of the files. For example, the installer wanted version 26 but I could only find version 27. I found some bug reports and blah blah something wasn't submitted upstream. Maybe I could find an older Stretch, but yikes there's only so many hours in the day.

I checked Google/Bing and somebody with this laptop claimed to have it working easily with Manjaro. At this moment I'm burning Manjaro XFCE.

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#10 2017-02-10 07:45:12

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Re: Dude I got a Dell Inspiron 15 5568 so far B.L. install not going well.

Dude, come back to debian:
i think you'd need a stretch iso with non-free stuff included.
they exist, and debian.org & related sites are a bloody jungle, but you'll find it evtl.

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#11 2017-02-10 07:45:59

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#12 2017-02-10 10:03:50

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Re: Dude I got a Dell Inspiron 15 5568 so far B.L. install not going well.

pjbrunet wrote:

I checked Google/Bing and somebody with this laptop claimed to have it working easily with Manjaro. At this moment I'm burning Manjaro XFCE.

Just a sidenote: If you like to try an awesome open source search site, give a searx instance a try. Otherwise people tend to like Manjaro, it's a good distro, sort of easy-to-use version of arch. The true linux way would be though to figure out the exact steps for debian, write them down and switch after that. smile  But in this case one might to stick with it forever and a day. smile Or, as it is linux: You could have them both easily as dual boot or in a virtualbox.

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