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CPU: Intel Core i5-480M 2.66GHz (2.93GHz)

Chipset: Intel HM55 Express

RAM: 4GB DDR3(PC3-8500)

HDD: SATA 500GB (5400RPM)

Optical drive: BluRay player, DVD RW & CD RW

Screen: 15,5"

Aspect-ratio: 16:9

Resolution: 1920x1080

GFX: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 (1GB)

Network: Marvell Yukon 88E8059 (10/100/1000), Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 (AGN), Foxconn T77H114-BCM2070

Sound: Realtek High Definition Audio

A picture of the inside of this laptop can be found here, and I do apoligize for the pure quality, but it was late and i didn't want to pull out all my equipment for this.

Not working

Out of the box not much is working, the basics is covered, stuff like keyboard, USB, VGA, Bluetooth and LAN, but the touchpad, Wireless and sound is not.


In Debian Squeeze the alsa driver is simply to old, the stock driver is 1.0.23 and you need 1.0.24 this can be compiled you will need the following

apt-get install automake linux-source-`uname -r`

In Debian Wheezy you will not have to do anything, this is just working


The touchpad is not working at all, and to get it to work you have to add the following to your /etc/default/grub

nano /etc/default/grub

And then update you grub


This will tell the kernel how to talk with you touchpad after a reboot


I have changed to WLAN card my self, cause the card that follows this laptop have problems with 802.11x on WPA2 even under Windows, so I have changed it out from an <put old card name here> to a Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 AGN, to get this to work under Debian you have to download the non-free firmware to this card, the first thing you have to do is to add non-free to apt-get.

nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following line in the bottom of this file

deb squeeze main contrib non-free

Now update apt-get database

apt-get update && apt-get install firmware-iwlwifi

Normally its not necessary to reboot your computer, but if your not wireless right away, reboot anyway