38.22 Dell Precision 690 (Adam)

Adam is a desktop workhorse for data mining with 16GB of memory, a 500GB hard disk, removble IDE hard disk (not hot swappable) and a DVD\(\pm\)RW Dual Layer burner, deployed as a standalone. The machine came with Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS Version 4 installed. The machine was reinstalled with Debian GNU/Linux.

A default install using the Etch pre-release (20061024) Debian GNU/Linux Installer, booting from a DVD-RW, was performed (3 November 2006). The DVD image was obtained using jigdo-file, running the command (see Section ??) jigdo-lite and specifying http://ftp.acc.umu.se/cdimage/weekly-builds/amd64/jigdo-dvd/debian-testing-amd64-binary-1.jigdo. MD5 checksums confirmed the integrity of the downloaded DVD image.

Working: Dual Core, Hyper-Threading 3.00GHz CPU, X11 at 1280x1024 resolution with nVidia (nv), USB, CD/DVD, printing.

Not tested: Sound, Ethernet.

No issues or problems with the install!

38.22.1 Adam Specifications

From the lspci and lshw commands and /proc/cpuinfo:

Spec Details
Machine: Dell Precision 690
CPU: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) 3.00GHz
Bogomips: 5991
Memory: 16GB (8x2GB DDR2 SDRAM)
Network: Tigon 3 (tg3)
Disk: ATA SCSI HDS725050KLA360 500GB
Removable: Samsung SP0411N 37GB
Video: nVidia (nv)
Audio: Intel 631xESB/632xESB (snd-hda-intel)
CD/DVD: Pioneer DVD+/-RW, DVR-108
Printer: Deskjet 6500
Hostname: adam
Domainname: togaware.com
Boot: Grub
Kernel: 2.6.17-2-amd64-smp

38.22.2 Adam Install Log 2 Nov 2006

Standard install (see Section ??). Choose boot media with F12 on boot. Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS Version 4 is already installed. Replace with Debian GNU/Linux. Choose guided full repartition.

Install: lang=English, location=Australia, kb=American English, network none, hostname=adam, partition.

The partition automatically chosen was:\ | Spec | Details | |:–|:–| | / | 259M & sda1| | /usr | 4.6G & sda5| | /var | 2.8G & sda6| | /home | 406G & sda8| | /tmp | 373M & sda7|

Set root passwd, user account, apt install.

Reboot and GNOME (GDM) started no problem.

Continue installing from DVD to install sudo and wajig, and all the rest!

For the USB printer, simply load http://localhost:631 into a browser and configure.

38.22.3 Troubleshooting

No problems encountered.

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