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This is a guide to running Linux with the BenQ Joybook R55 laptop.
This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.
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|Name||BenQ Joybook R55|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 1.66GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-hda-intel module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use ipw3945 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
For the graphics chip you can use both the open source 'nv' module and NVIDIA's proprietary 'nvidia' module. For 3D support, you will need the proprietary module. Some older versions of X may not have support for the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400, in this case you will need to use the proprietary module.
There were no problems in getting this laptop working when used with an up to date Linux distribution. It is recommended to use a Linux distribution with kernel version 2.6.17 or greater, such as Fedora Core 6 or Ubuntu 6.10.