RE: sandybridge second generation and squeeze -- problems: SOLVED
I'd like to thank everyone who has helped me with this. In the end the
key issue was indeed the Intel drivers, and "dE ." <email@example.com>
Mathieu Malaterre <firstname.lastname@example.org>
provided the key info, although everybody helped educate me!
It seems that the absolute latest intel driver is not needed, so I did not
have to compile it, I could use the one from backports.
I had to install
apt-get -t squeeze-backports install firmware-realtek
to deal with a message raised by the kernel install that some of the
firmware was not up to date enough, but at this point I can switch tty and
the system seems to do the various power-related functions properly as
well. I am using a usb modem so I am not sure 100% that the NIC firmware
issue has been resolved, but I can wait and see for that...