Sunday, August 25, 2013

Installing Debian Testing "Jessie" on the Asus 1015E

After trying multiple distros, Arch, Manjaro, Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Linux Mint 15, CrunchBang #! 11, Atposid, Siduction, and Elementary OS. I decided to go back to Debian Testing. Although Crunchbang came in a close second. The Asus 1015E ran great on CrunchBang and everything just worked. Unfortunately, CrunchBang which is based on Debian stable is just a little too outdated for me. If you want somethign that works and is easy to install CrunchBang is definitely the way to go. If you want to live closer to the edge of development try Debian Testing.

After downloading, a Debian Testing image, I was excited to install "Jessie" on my system. The only problem was the installer hung when trying to detect my Asus 1015E's hardware.

The fix is pretty easy, once the Debian testing netinstall iso loads:

Select Advanced options/Expert install

Once in advanced options select Execute a shell

At the command prompt type:
nano /bin/check-missing-firmware

Insert exit 0 directly after #!/bin/sh

Save file file with ctrl-o and the exit nano with ctrl-x

At the command prompt type:
exit
to exit back to the installer

Now you can install Debian without a problem :)