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Hardware and firmware compatibility out of the box ¶ 

On most systems, some manual firmware installation is required. This is because Debian is a pure distro and is not necessarily designed to be novice friendly in terms of OOB device compatibility. For systems with a lot of this hardware, consider using UNOFFICIAL Non-Free builds.

Media Modification ¶ 


Option 1: Write to USB and add the files after the fact (May change the checksum signature)

If you want to create a system specific image, this method allows you to modify the image after the fact, rather then modifying the image before writing it. This method relies on USB media, as DVD media is not rewriteable. In the event you change systems (or use that stick on multiple machines), you will need to copy all of the pertinent files you need. To do this:

  • Write the ISO to a USB drive. The Non-Live image must be used.
  • Download the firmware files you need.
  • Locate the firmware folder. Drag and drop them to the USB stick.
  • Make the stick unique to this particular computer.

Option 2: Alter the ISO (WILL change the checksum)

To do this:

  • Download a non-live ISO. This does not work on Live ISO's.
  • Download and install 7zip. Install this on your system.
  • Open the ISO in 7zip and locate the firmware folder. Drag and drop the files into 7zip.
  • Burn or write the ISO to a USB drive. Install it and mark that version of the ISO to the system it was built for. (Ex: Debian 9.1.0 AMD 64 HP IQ506)
  • Rinse and repeat for every system you use Debian on.

Firmware that requires Terminal configuration: This may not work for all of these drivers. While it will work for the majority, certain firmware files still require end user intervention. Post install scripts may be an option but this is not always ideal.

The only drivers included are driivers that are open source or integrated into the Linux kernel.

Background and Identification ¶ 

System Requirements ¶ 

  • Processor: 1GHz Pentium 4 (Core 2 Duo recommended)
  • RAM (Recommended): 256MB (512MB recommended)
  • Hard drive: 10GB

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