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This is a guide to running Linux with the Hewlett-Packard nc4400 laptop, model RD744PA. The nc4400 is a small laptop with a nice number of features. Some audio issues hinder the nc4400's Linux suitability.
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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|Processor||Intel Core Duo T2400 1.83GHz|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945ABG Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||3 x USB2.0|
|Graphics||Yes||Use i810 module|
|Ethernet||Yes||Use tg3 module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw3945 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
You will need a USB optical drive or some other way to install Linux as the nc4400 does not come with an optical drive as standard.
The audio in the nc4400 uses the snd-hda-intel modules. Many Linux distributions have an issue with sound only working through the headphone jack and not through the speakers. Ubuntu 7.04 does not exhibit this problem and, although not tested, if you update ALSA on your distribution of choice sound should work as well.
You will need to use an up to date Linux distribution for sound on the nc4400 to work properly. It will be difficult to install Linux without an external USB optical drive so it is recommended you use one of these.