Monthly Archives: August 2010

Configurations for enabling clean urls for Drupal


How to add spell checker (English) in OpenOffice

A normal installation (aptitude install does not install the spell checking capabilities. To install:

  • Install these packages: aspell, aspell-en, ispell, myspell-en-us,
  • To have “check-as-you-type” feature (the red curvy lines indicating wrong spelling), go to Tools=>Options=>Language Settings=>Writing Aids and in the options, check the option “Check Spelling As You Type”

Configuring network devices on sony vaio VPCEB24FX (and Debian device driver check & report)

Sony Vaio VPCEB24FX laptops come with Marvell ethernet card and Inter wireless cards. lspci says:

04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Device 4381 (rev 11)

02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Device 422c (rev 35)

In order to see which kernel drivers are required to run these devices, one can paste the output of “lspci -n” into . I did this and found out that the intel wireless  device is “Centrino Advanced-N 6200” which requires the iwlagn driver which is there in kernel 2.6.30- . The ethernet card is “80E8059 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller” which requires the sky2 driver which is present in kernel 2.6.33- . I installed Debian lenny which comes with kernel 2.6.26. For the intel wireless card, one can follow the instructions at . Its bit of a work in order to make the marvell ethernet card work since kernel 2.6.33 or above is not in lenny-backports or not even in sid. But we have 2.6.35-rc6 in debian experimental. In order to install it, add “deb experimental main contrib non-free” into /etc/sources.list and then do a “aptitude install linux-image-2.6.35-rc6-686” which installs the 2.6.35 kernel. This worked for me. Some sony vaio laptops come with atheros wireless chipsets. You can have a look at to see how to configure it.

Thanks for people on irc for their help. and thanks also to the dpkg bot on #debian. (we can ask the bot with : “/msg dpkg which driver” for example) 🙂