Well... it seems that I have done it Debian Etch installed and working on my new laptop. It's pretty great! Works good... now.

There have been a few trials.
1. Audio - I like music, I want music. So when the audio didn't work I was a little bit bummed.
Then suddenly its working... Now it ain't kind of intermittent every time I boot up its a question... "Oh is the sound working?" Hopefully I can get this nailed down soon!

  1. Wireless not working - This was a toughy. I initially solved it by following the tutorial here [url=http://www.debiantutorials.org/content/view/153/213/]http://www.debiantutorials.org/content/view/153/213/[/url]

And then undid that fix because I wanted to use the network-manager-gnome package. This started working after I actually read the README.Debian file for network-manager (the daemon, RTFM) and recomiled the kernel for 2.6.20 not exactly sure what made the difference the change the manual suggested or the kernel. But I am currently putting my money on the kernel.

  1. Fan control - I do not like noisy computers Why all the noise when I am just typing?!?! Driving me crazy luckily I fixed the problem, it seems by "apt-get install powernowd" powernowd couldn't be started for two reasons
  2. The virtual file system for accessing the cpu wasn't loaded (uh ok) so the README.Debian says you need to add "sysfs /sys sysfs defaults 0 0" to the /etc/fstab file did that. Then I realized the powernow-k8 kernel module wasn't loaded. So I loaded the module with the command modprobe powernow-k8 and then started the powernowd with the command /etc/init.d/powernowd start and finally added this line to the /etc/modules list so that powernow-k8 to the /etc/modules list so it would load in the future at boot up.

And right now I it all seems to be working.