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Installing Debian on the Compaq Presario v6210


The Install

Started with standard Debian 4.0 amd64 (Etch) disks and install.
I compiled my own kernel from the start, most of the setup instructions should work with a stock Debian kernel
My 2.6.20 kernel config


If you are using a standard debian kernel there may be a Nvidia package for your kernel already:

If there isn't a package already you can either:

To install the nvidia module using the Nvidia installer

  1. chmod 700
  2. ./

Either it will find a kernel module to use with your running kernel or compile the module for you.

Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Replace the nv driver with nvidia

To use Beryl

  1. add deb etch main to /etc/apt/source.list
  2. apt-get update;apt-get install beryl

Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Replace the current Device section with:

Section "Device"
  Identifier "Nvidia GeForce"
  Driver     "nvidia"
  Option    "NoLogo"
  Option    "AddARGBGLXVisuals"   "on"
  Option    "RenderAccel"   "true"
  Option    "AllowGLXWithComposite"   "true"
  Option    "AIGLX"   "on"

Add the following to the bottom of /etc/x11/xorg.conf

Section "Extensions"
  Option    "Composite"   "Enable"


You can use the bcm43xx module in newer kernels or use the windows driver and ndiswrapper

Need to build the ndiswrapper module.

Need the windows driver, this is the WinXP one hp gave to me bcmwl5.inf

To use the ndiswrapper module you will need the kernel source and a kernel compiled with wireless support.

  1. Copy the windows driver to a dir, I used /usr/src/broadcom-drivers.
  2. Install ndiswrapper
    • apt-get install ndiswrapper-source
    • cd /usr/src
    • tar -jxvf ndiswrapper-source.tar.bz2
    • cd modules/ndiswrapper
    • make;make install (as root)
  3. Run ndiswrapper -i /usr/src/broadcom-drivers/bcmwl5.inf
    • (or the path to where you unzipped the Broadcom drivers)
  4. modprobe ndiswrapper (may need to depmod -a if it doesnt find it)
  5. add ndiswrapper to /etc/modules
  6. edit /etc/network/interfaces
    • #add the following to have debian automatically start wlan0 on boot
    • auto wlan0
    • iface wlan0 inet dhcp
    • wireless_essid your_network_essid_here
  7. ifup wlan0 should bring your connection up if all went well


Install alsa

The snd_hda_intel module should already be included and should load when alsa starts.

snd_hda_intel runs the card but I get scratchy sound, havent figured this one out yet.

Volume Control Keys

Under Gnome go into System > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts. Select Volume mute and hit the mute key it should assign it, do the same for Volume down and up

Cpu Frequency Scaling

apt-get install powernowd


Should work out of the box

You can also install the gnome-power-manager to map the power button/lid close to what you want

Make sure apcid isn't installed as it will steal the power button and lid events