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Installing Debian GNU/Linux "Jessie" on a Novatech HD NPI17

Introduction

Novatech are are UK based re-seller and system builder. Their Novatech Pockit HD NPI17 is an small form factor desktop computer The item is actually a Gigabyte BRIX 2807. I purchased it in October 2015 without operating system, though it was available with Windows for extra. I had the RAM increased to the board maximum and a 2 TB hard disk insalled.

General Hardware Specifications of BRIX

Hardware Components Status under Linux Notes
Intel Celeron N2807 1.58 GHz Works No special procedure required during installation
Intel integrated Graphics.
Z36xxx/Z37xxx Series
Works No special procedure required during installation
8 GiB DDR3 RAM Works No special procedure required during installation
2 TB 2.5" low-height SATA.
Samsung M9T Hard Drive
Works No special procedure required during installation
Integrated Gbit Ethernet.
Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411
Works Requires non-free drivers: fireware-realtek required during install
Bluetooth 2.1 Untested (not required) Drivers loaded, system reports okay
Wireless.
Realtek RTL8723BE
Untested (not required) Requires non-free drivers
1x USB 2.0 port and 2x USB 3 ports Works No special procedure required during installation
DE-15/D-sub 15 VGA out Works No special procedure required during installation
HDMI (Type A) Out Works No special procedure required during installation
Sound Blaster Compatible Audio Works No special procedure required during installation

This computer is operating under Kernel version 3.16.0-4-amd64

Basic Installation of Debian GNU/Linux "Jessie"

  • All my systems at home run Debian GNU/Linux, of which all run AMD64 versions. My servers and family systems run Debian stable.
  • Debian GNU/Linux is freely available from a world wide set of mirrors, for multiple system architectures and in a range of installation media. If you have decent network available at the time of install it's best to use the simple network install CD image and install all other packages on demand over the network. If you are installing without a network, then the DVD images are more complete and allow for a near complete install. All Debian images are designed so that you only need the first disk in the set, to perform the basic install. The disk images can be used to create bootable CD or DVD, bootable USB keys, PXE boot images or as in my case bootable hard disks.
  • The Pockit/BRIX does not have an optical drive of any type and I do not have a USB optical drive, so instead I created a bootable USB stick and placed the standard DVD stable image on it. I booted into live mode, added the Realtech drivers from Debian non-free, the proceeded to install using the installer application. Installation was standard KDE desktop. I then performed a routine upgrade to the latest patch level. The install is a standard KDE desktop system, mostly with Debian defaults.
  • All hardware works perfectly with the vanilla Debian stable installation. Wireless and bluetooth are assumed to work but it not essential, so have not been tested.

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