Debian on Intel NUC8i7BEH - 2 Issues

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Debian on Intel NUC8i7BEH - 2 Issues

Postby newb2debian » 2018-12-18 03:58

When I was installing Debian 9.6.0, the Cinnamon desktop, on my Intel NUC8i7BEH, the install queried me for the Ethernet driver. The NUC8i7BEH has an Intel I219-V Ethernet controller which uses the e1000e driver. The only reason I know this is because I installed another Linux OS to find out what was being used. During the Debian install, I chose the e1000e driver and it wouldn't progress; as if the install didn't even see the Ethernet controller. I ended up having to continue the install without configuring Ethernet. After the installation completed and I logged in, a video error displayed. The error stated it was running in software rendering mode and currently running without video hardware acceleration and, as a result, you may observe much higher than normal CPU usage. I was looking for a much smoother install not unlike my other Debian installs. I realize I'm using a different Linux OS at present, but, I would much rather use Debian if I can. Anyone have any issues installing Debian on an Intel NUC8i7BEH? Maybe someone could notify the developers of these issues? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you.
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Re: Debian on Intel NUC8i7BEH - 2 Issues

Postby llivv » 2018-12-18 09:03

personally, I'm surprised you got so far using a Debian Stable Image with such a new computer.
[[[ also - nuc's have come a long way in a few years.
Intel nuk's used to be in a special Debian category call embedded architecture, like raspberrypi on arm* architecture.
Intel nuk's now have the appearance of miniATX systems
sort of like the mac mini's released in yeas past.
see also: µATX, uATX[1] or mATX
just so you get an idea of what you have. ]]]

All that aside, if you post your dmesg to a paste bin
ie https://paste.debian.net/
we can see "collectively" what some of the issues are.

thanks for you interest.
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Re: Debian on Intel NUC8i7BEH - 2 Issues

Postby stevepusser » 2018-12-18 19:53

These issues with new hardware on an aging release are common, and are usually addressed by installing upgraded kernels, mesa, firmware, etc. from Debian backports. The Debian devs don't need to be informed of this; the procedure is well-established, and the subject of many many many threads here.

Can we see what hardware you really have in there?

If you have a Net connection, install inxi, then update your hardware ID database with (as root or with sudo)
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update-pciids
update-usbids


Edit: fixed typo in update-pciids.

Then as a standard user, give us the results of
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inxi -Fxz
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Re: Debian on Intel NUC8i7BEH - 2 Issues

Postby newb2debian » 2018-12-21 01:53

stevepusser...the distro I'm currently using already has inxi as a part of the installation. When I entered update-pcids, the following was returned - sudo: update-pcids: command not found. However, update-usbids worked. The below is what was returned when I ran - inxi -Fxz:

System: Host: Kernel: 4.15.0-43-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.3.0
Desktop: Cinnamon 3.6.7 (Gtk 3.22.30-1ubuntu1) Distro: Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS
Machine: Device: desktop System: Intel Client Systems product: NUC8i7BEH v: J72992-303 serial: N/A
Mobo: Intel model: NUC8BEB v: J72688-303 serial: N/A
UEFI [Legacy]: Intel v: BECFL357.86A.0041.2018.0719.1931 date: 07/19/2018
CPU: Quad core Intel Core i7-8559U (-MT-MCP-) arch: Kaby Lake rev.10 cache: 8192 KB
flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 21696
clock speeds: max: 4500 MHz 1: 1207 MHz 2: 3433 MHz 3: 3410 MHz 4: 3456 MHz 5: 3199 MHz 6: 3511 MHz
7: 3213 MHz 8: 3357 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel Device 3ea5 bus-ID 00:02.0
Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 ) drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
Resolution: 1920x1200@59.95hz, 1920x1200@59.95hz
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics (Coffeelake 3x8 GT3)
version: 4.5 Mesa 18.0.5 Direct Render: Yes
Audio: Card Intel Device 9dc8 driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1f.3 Sound: ALSA v: k4.15.0-43-generic
Network: Card-1: Intel Device 9df0 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 00:14.3
IF: wlp0s20f3 state: down mac: <filter>
Card-2: Intel Ethernet Connection (6) I219-V driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k bus-ID: 00:1f.6
IF: eno1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives: HDD Total Size: 512.1GB (2.3% used)
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 model: Samsung_SSD_970_PRO_512GB size: 512.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 467G used: 9.8G (3%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-1
ID-2: /boot size: 704M used: 147M (23%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1
ID-3: swap-1 size: 1.02GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-2
RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 46.0C mobo: 27.8C
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 277 Uptime: 6 min Memory: 1263.4/32033.9MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: N/A
Client: Shell (bash 4.4.191) inxi: 2.3.56

I hope this helps for the next Debian release. I can't wait for a smooth Debian install.
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Re: Debian on Intel NUC8i7BEH - 2 Issues

Postby stevepusser » 2018-12-21 23:20

Whoops, I made a typo--should be "update-pciids". I fixed it in my OP.

Anyway, you have Intel 2018 eighth-generation Coffee Lake hardware, which really does need those updates from stretch-backports to work correctly.

If you're waiting for a Debian where everything will just work out of the box, you'll have to wait for Buster, which will be a while. I help develop the Stretch-based MX Linux, a Debian derivative, and we added those backports to our newly-released MX 18, though--that was something I really pushed for, successfully. https://archive.org/details/MX18X64
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