What version of Debian I could use on Dell Inspirion 3542 ?

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What version of Debian I could use on Dell Inspirion 3542 ?

Postby rs7000 » 2017-05-12 16:03

Does anyone use Debian with Dell Inspirion 3542 ? What version/branch fits that laptop ? Are there problems ?
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Re: What version of Debian I could use on Dell Inspirion 354

Postby stevepusser » 2017-05-12 16:24

Could you please help us out a bit and let us know what's in your particular machine? There are several free Windows utilities that will generate a good hardware report--Windows even comes with one, I believe.

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Re: What version of Debian I could use on Dell Inspirion 354

Postby rs7000 » 2017-05-12 17:37

When I purchased laptop it had preinstalled Ubuntu 12 or 14. I have 16.04 now. But it seem that with updates problems come. Current problem in Ubuntu - it freezes on shutdown. In 14.04 I had disappearing cursor after suspend. 16.10 and 17.04 I can't establish DSL connection, there even no pppoeconfig in 17.04. (I tried to solve those problems). Once I tried some version of Debian on this laptop (don't remember what exactly) and desktop couldn't be loaded. So may be I should give a shot to Debian now ?
HARDWARE:
Motherboard 0FKWR5
Kingston ASU16D3LS1KFG/4G
Intell Haswell-ULT DRAM Controller
Intel(R) Celeron(R) 2957U
Intell Haswell-ULT DRAM Controller
Intell Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller
Intell Haswell-ULT HD Audio Controller
Intell 8 Series LPC Controller
Intell 8 Series USB xHCI HC
Intell 8 Series HECI #0
Intell 8 Series HD Audio Controller
Intell 8 Series PCI Express Root Ports
Intell 8 Series SATA Controller 1 [AHCI mode]
Intell 8 Series SMBus Controller
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter
Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
Intell EHCI Host Controller
SuYin Integrated_Webcam_HD
Atheros Communications Bluetooth wireless interface
Generic USB device
WDC WD3200LPVX-0
TSSTcorp DVD+-RW SU-208FB
Lithium Ion Battery DELL T1G4M44
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Re: What version of Debian I could use on Dell Inspirion 354

Postby Dai_trying » 2017-05-12 18:05

I don't have the same model but I have a 3552 and I use Stretch as it is less work to get everything working, but as it is a "testing" version it might not be suitable for you, but as you have used linux (Ubuntu) for a while now I would imagine you have a basic grasp on the Linux basics so it could be ok. Jessie will work but requires a little work installing graphics/kernel/wifi and maybe other things too, from backports.
To sum that up You can use either Jessie or Stretch but I would suggest reading some posts on this forum (search inspiron) to see what issues others have had and it might give you some better guidance.
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Re: What version of Debian I could use on Dell Inspirion 354

Postby phenest » 2017-05-12 18:09

While stevepusser is researching your system, you could try a Live Debian image and report back any issues.
https://www.debian.org/CD/live/
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Re: What version of Debian I could use on Dell Inspirion 354

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2017-05-12 18:37

Debian jessie will work just fine with Haswell hardware but stretch will work better :)
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Re: What version of Debian I could use on Dell Inspirion 354

Postby rs7000 » 2017-05-12 18:43

Why exactly ?
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Re: What version of Debian I could use on Dell Inspirion 354

Postby rs7000 » 2017-05-12 18:55

In Debian 8.8.0 I can't establish DSL connection (via GUI and terminal), there is no pppoeconf.
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Re: What version of Debian I could use on Dell Inspirion 354

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2017-05-12 19:37

rs7000 wrote:Why exactly ?

Newer packages.

The graphics stack in particular is much improved for stretch, not to mention rootless X (with GDM & `startx`) and all binaries compiled as PIE :cool:

rs7000 wrote:there is no pppoeconf

https://packages.debian.org/jessie/pppoeconf
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Re: What version of Debian I could use on Dell Inspirion 354

Postby rs7000 » 2017-05-13 09:38

After installation of pppoeconf I was able to connect to internet through konsole, but would be nice to see solution for NetworkManager.
Another problem - Debian freezes on shutdown.
I tried sudo swapoff -a && systemctl poweroff - didn't help.
About pros of Stretch: I don't very understand information in previous post and would like to understand how it can affect average user ?
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Re: What version of Debian I could use on Dell Inspirion 354

Postby stevepusser » 2017-05-13 18:40

I think that the gnome-ppp package can be what you're looking for.
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Re: What version of Debian I could use on Dell Inspirion 354

Postby rs7000 » 2017-05-13 18:52

Is it for Gnome 2 ? I actually prefer KDE or XFCE.
To clarify: I want to establish DSL pppoe connection though default network manager (through network manager item on the panel: Edit Connections > Add > DSL...), but it tells something about PPP.
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Re: What version of Debian I could use on Dell Inspirion 354

Postby stevepusser » 2017-05-13 22:58

Gnome-ppp is going to be about the best you get with xfce; I help develop the Debian-based MX Linux xfce distro, and that's what we shipped with it after much discussion. I think KDE may have a similar tool, but I'm not sure what it is...might have to use the Google.
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Re: What version of Debian I could use on Dell Inspirion 354

Postby rs7000 » 2017-05-15 09:28

Thanks. Does anyone know how to deal with freezing ? Ubuntu 16.04 has the same problem by the way.
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Re: What version of Debian I could use on Dell Inspirion 354

Postby stevepusser » 2017-05-15 19:36

This Ubuntu thread for the same problem: https://askubuntu.com/questions/766450/ ... utting-off

says that updating the BIOS solved the issue. Installing inxi and running

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inxi -M
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