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Re: Debian on Intel-Haswell

Yates, Alexandra wrote:
> I just installed an out of the box debian distribution (from
> http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/7.6.0/amd64/iso-cd/) on a
> Haswell.  However, the graphics X.org driver doesn't support intel
> Haswell chipset.  It supports previous versions of intel chipset
> such as SandyBridge, and IvyBridge.

Does it default to the vesa driver?  I find the vesa driver to be
quite functional for most needs.

> Does anyone out there know where could I get the latest xorg driver
> that supports HSWULT?

I just installed Debian Wheezy 7.6.0 on an Intel NUC Core i5 with
similar Haswell hardware.  By default I got the vesa driver which
worked okay.  But for testing I then installed the backports Linux
3.14 kernel to enable the intel driver.  (Everything worked fine at
that point except for the "default" sound controller configuration
which I am still working through.  I can play sound by manually
selecting the specific sound hardware.)

Try installing the backports kernel.  I expect that will get you going
with the current "intel" video driver.

Add the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list file.  I show
ftp.us.debian.org but use whatever close mirror you are already using
in place of "us" there.

  deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-backports main non-free contrib

Then update to pull the new index files:

  # apt-get update

Then install the backport kernel.

  apt-get install -t wheezy-backports linux-image-amd64

Additionally you may need to install firmware too.  For example on
your laptop you might need firmware-iwlwifi or other firmware bundle.
This is not necessarily a recommendation but rather a reminder that
you may need additional firmware installed for particular hardware on
your machine.

  apt-get install -t wheezy-backports firmware-iwlwifi

Then reboot.  Hopefully that will have your system running!


Here is wiki page that documents how to get backports set up on your
system.  Ask questions if any of this is unclear.


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