Monday, July 20, 2015

Debian Jessie on Fujitsu UH 552

So I had my Fujitsu UH 552 for a while now.
First, I had pre-installed Windows 8 there. First day I got it, I partitioned the hard disk for several parts:

Here is fdisk -l
Device         Start       End   Sectors   Size Type
/dev/sda1       2048    194559    192512    94M EFI System
/dev/sda2     194560  30914559  30720000  14.7G Linux filesystem
/dev/sda3  968669184 976771071   8101888   3.9G Linux swap
/dev/sda4   30914560  92354559  61440000  29.3G Microsoft basic data
/dev/sda5   92354560 153794013  61439454  29.3G Microsoft basic data
/dev/sda6  153794560 866269183 712474624 339.8G Microsoft basic data
/dev/sda7  866269184 968667135 102397952  48.8G Linux filesystem

sda1 is the boot partition, since I have UEFI, it is marked as EFI System. The grub and bootloader stuff is stored there.

sda2 is the /opt/ on his own partition (I have almost 5 GB of additional software, most of it are IDEs).

sda3 is a swap partition

sda4 is the C:/ drive of Windows 8

sda5 is the root directory (/). I'm wondering, why it is marked as Microsoft basic data by the fdisk.

sda6 is a ntfs data partition, where all the big data is stored, as archives of my university files and so on.

sda7 is /home on his own partition.

So, with this crazy-crazy situation I made up my mind to move from Ubuntu to Debian.
First, I made a live-usb. Just jigdo-ed the latest (Jessie) livecd distribution and tried to

dd if=debian-8.1-livecd.iso of=/dev/sdb1

and... nothing happened.
I guess there was some problem with bootloader, but I didn't want to dig deep this time, I wanted my Jessie to be right away! So I used the UNetBootin app. Great stuff, saved me a lot of times! So I flashed the liveusb with the jigdo-ed iso and UNetBootin and booted from the usb.

Installation process is rather ordinary, the only thing I changed is used sda7 as /home and didn't format it.

The several problems of fresh-installed Debian Jessie:
  1. no touchpad
  2. no wlan
  3. =(
 During the installation I missed that no Ethernet card was found on my laptop, so there was no driver installed for it. What a pity.
 Also, a classical problem of debian-like OS: Synaptic touchpad is not working. I must add, that even if you  fix it by adding


to /etc/default/grub, you will still face the problem after every single suspend. This is also fixable (but I'm telling it not now).

For wifi you need to install iwlwifi driver (I have Inter 3022 Ethernet card). You need to install firmware-iwlwifi_versionhere.deb or something like that. After installing the package, just do

modprobe iwlwifi

and reboot. Voila, after that I immediately had my wifi working, hooray.

Result: safe moving with several partitions and Windows8  from Ubuntu to Debian, no skill required. Thank you, great developers!