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BenQ Joybook R55

Introduction

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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Specifications

NameBenQ Joybook R55
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T5500 1.66GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA
RAM1GB
HDD80GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce Go 7400
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse ipw3945 module
BluetoothYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested

Notes

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.

Summary

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.


Discussion

RaketenCharlie, 2009/01/24 22:35

Hi,
I own this notebook and the install of ubuntu worked great. Also the internet, wlan, the sound and so on works just fine.
Only when I play games, the game closes after several minutes without a error message or anything.

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