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    I think I didn't make enough space for debian.. I tried using rescue mode to fix the booting and there was no disk space left.

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    BTW, was it any specific Debian variant you used? I am just using the regular i386 DVD image.

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    The arch tar is 32bit.

    I don't have an SD card so I don't know if it worked in debian.
    The debian iso I used was this one: http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/...-i386-CD-1.iso

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    thanks for that

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    I've created a archlinux package for the WIFI driver. You can find it here https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/rtl8723bs-dkms-git/

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    I reinstalled Debian using the CD image, it still didn't set up booting correctly. It created a debian directory in the EFI partition, didn't put in the grub efi binaries, I did that, and used rEFit and got as far as a grub menu so I am fairly close. I must be doing something wrong

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    your suggestion of easyEFI worked very well for me, I was able to add the Debian efi menu entry. But still I didn't get a menu on startup. Then I guessed I needed to set the timeout so as to show the menu. I used efibootmgr in Debian too and changed the timeout but unfortunately I set it to more than 10 seconds.

    DO NOT SET THE EFI MENU TIMEOUT TO MORE THAN TEN SECONDS

    The toshiba's UEFI firmware will get very upset and refuse to do anything, with a pop-up box telling you the maximum timeout is 10s but you set it higher. This will cause you to panic because the warning pop-up won't go away, and it won't boot, won't go into setup menu, all you can do is power off.
    Finally you'll discover that you need to plug in a USB keyboard to make it go away, then you can boot and use efibootmgr to change it to 10 or less.

    I didn't need rEFind in the end.

    So, now I can boot linux. yay!

    I'd used the mixed mode netboot image, so I have Debian 8 64 bit installed. But like you I get the screen blanking. And the USB cuts out. And I start to get mmc errors and over time it becomes unusable. I got as far as trying to install kernel 4.0, but ran out of time. It's strange that the install process didn't have that problem. If that doesn't solve the problem I have downloaded your arch image and will run that.

    cheers
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    Hi, Miffe,
    I'm wondering how you're getting on?
    I've got Debian 8 with kernel 4.0.0 working mostly OK. Not had a chance to fix up WiFi, will be building kernel 4.1-rcX before doing that - been very busy, but I should be able to build a virtual machine of Debian 32 bit for the heavy lifting.

    I've not found a kernel which supports the MicroSDHC slot yet :-(

    One strange thing is that the Debian mixed mode (32/64) net install's kernel is more stable than the kernel it installs. The installed kernel has the screen flicker and I start seeing MMC errors, the USB drops out with increasing frequency and eventually the system locks up. Kernel 4.0.0 from Debian unstable repo seems better but system locks up when you log out of XFCE and display reloads.

    I did try your arch image briefly but must have done something wrong as grub didn't find a bootable system.

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    I haven't had a lot of time to work on it.

    But i've managed to test the SD card slots. The one in the keyboard works fine, but the one in the table only detects as readonly.
    Tried 4.1-rc4 and it seems more stable. Havent had a lockup yet.

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    Hi,
    I built kernel 4.1rc4 on a 32 bit Debian VM running Jessie, and installed it a short while ago.

    the good news: the keyboard and the touchpad now work. Yay!

    the bad news: the touchscreen doesn't work any more.

    the even worse news: I'd booted it up, and about 5 minutes after booting the screen went off the screen went completely blank and it had locked solid. The first time I was SSH'd in and the console was idle. The second time I logged in as root and did startx (the graphical greeter is broken; perhaps because I installed xfce retrospectively not at install time), and without even being idle the screen suddenly went blank (backlight still on though) and the Tosh was locked solid.

    I'm going to try replacing systemd with sys5 startup scripts as it should be easier to debug what's going on. Will probably also set up syslog to send log events to my server in the hope of capturing any "last gasp" error messages.

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    It locked up in rc4 for me too.
    But I managed to capture the log:
    May 23 00:42:27 click systemd-logind[237]: Suspending...
    May 23 00:42:27 click systemd[1]: Reached target Sleep.
    May 23 00:42:27 click systemd[1]: Starting Sleep.
    May 23 00:42:27 click systemd[1]: Starting Suspend...
    May 23 00:42:27 click systemd-sleep[3824]: Suspending system...

    Seems weird

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    Last edited by speculatrix; 23.05.2015 at 20:21. Reason: corrected in later post

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    sigh, stupid forum won't let me correct the post


    OK, good news, with the new 4.1-rc4 kernel, switching to sysv solves the problem of the system locking up about 5 minutes after startup; simply do this as root:

    apt-get update ; apt-get install sysvinit-core

    I created a file called /etc/apt/preferences.d/use-sysvinit to ensure that it didn't upgrade back to systemd later, the instructions are here:

    http://people.skolelinux.org/pere/bl...an_Jessie.html

    OK, this is what I see

    From scratch, as I remember it:

    * get a USB hub + network adaptor like this one: http://goo.gl/xDPKkb
    * shrink windows C: down by about 2.5G
    * make an empty partition in the empty space, call it LINUX, format it
    * disable Windows quick start mode,
    * shut down completely
    * disable secure boot in the UEFI settings (hit F1 every second after turning on)
    * turn off again
    * download the Debian mixed mode installer, the image is called debian-8.0.0-amd64-i386-netinst.iso
    * dd that iso to a USB drive and plug it into the hub along with a keyboard, and a network connection
    * get into the boot menu by hitting F12 repeatedly from power up
    * install Debian into the empty drive:
    * check by flipping to an alternative console (CTRL-ALT-F2) by
    listing the contents of /dev/disk/by-label which is the spare partition
    * do NOT format anything other than the LINUX partition
    * don't use swap for now
    * debian installer should detect that /dev/mmcblk0p1 is the
    UEFI partition, do NOT reformat
    * when installing has finished, before it reboots, chroot into target and...
    * change the efi timeout with efibootmgr "efibootmgr -t 8",
    do NOT set the EFI timeout to more than 10s otherwise it will complain
    and not start up without a warning that can only be cancelled with a USB
    keyboard connected!
    * check that grub efi was installed: "dpkg -l | grep efi" and look for grub-efi-ia32 and grub-efi-ia32-bin
    * if grub-efi wasn't installed, install it: "apt-get install grub-efi-ia32 grub-efi-ia32-bin"
    * install kernel 4.1-rc4, you can grab the one I built:
    * aptitude install http://www.zaurus.org.uk/download/to...-pm00-i686.deb
    * rebuild the grub menu: "cd /boot/grub ; grub-mkconfig > grub.cfg"
    * if needed repeat debian bootloader installation in the menu if it didn't work properly
    * finally let it reboot

    you should now get a grub menu and be able boot windows, or Debian.

    you might want to download the Windows utility called EasyUEFI which will allow you to re-prioritise the boot order and/or rename them.
    * http://www.easyuefi.com/

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    with thanks again to Miffe, I looked at his work on getting wifi driver on Arch, so built the r8723bs kernel module

    grab it here: http://www.zaurus.org.uk/download/to...l9w/r8723bs.ko

    copy it to /lib/modules/4.1.0-rc4-pm00-i686/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/

    then "depmod -a" and "modprobe r8723bs"

    and you should have a new network interface called wlan0

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    sadly, sound doesn't work. have you got it working on Arch?

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    sadly still not stable. has locked up a few times, twice the gui locked, just now the entire computer; all three times had to force power... maybe just possibly made worse when I got wifi to work.

    overall status with kernel 4.1-rc4

    WORKING
    * linux boots
    * internal flash works
    * keyboard and touchpad work
    * uSDHC slot works
    * graphics work in native resolution (I'm using xfce)
    * usb port works
    * wifi works, not too stable

    NOT WORKING
    * sound NOT working (either on internal speakers or headphone socket)
    * touchscreen NOT working

    NOT TESTED
    * cameras
    * microHDMI out
    * battery monitoring of tablet and dock
    * docking and undocking
    * suspend and resume (probably not working)
    * screen brightness setting

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    my kernel 4.1-rc5 boots fine. I still find after a while the machine starts to sleep and I start seeing eMMC errors, and the USB bus also stops working.

    I am wondering whether loading up the USB port with a USB hub + ether + memory stick is causing me problems.

    --edit--

    however I don't get these problems in Windows with the same set up. of course, Windows might be better at hiding hardware crapping out.

  19. Re: Linux on Satellite Click Mini L9W - any experience?
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    Hello,
    recently bought the Click Mini. Didn't go too far, but was only able to start a Debian 8.0 on a USB Live - Mint, Manjaro, (*)ubuntu, even Fedora 22... nothing - Tails included.
    Strangely Clonezilla (current testing 2-4-2-4) will start (but screen is damn too small)... but before the first window for keyboard configuration, it freezes... 64bit behaves a bit better than 32bit version though.
    I guess I'll have to live with Windows for some time...
    Too bad we cannot boot on sd card.

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    Hi Leroidec,
    welcome to our playground!

    Have you tried 32 bit versions of Mint, Ubuntu or Fedora? Whatever you boot it needs to present a 32 bit loader for the UEFI firmware to see. I would hope that 32 bit Fedora would boot?
    Debian have recognised that if you want to boot the 64 bit version you still need the 32 bit initial stage.

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