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This is a guide to running Linux with the Hewlett-Packard nc6400 laptop, model RA738PA.
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|
|Optical Drive||Double Layer DVD+-RW|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon X1300|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Broadcom 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||3 x USB2.0, Fingerprint Reader|
|Sound||Yes||Use snd-hda-intel module|
|Ethernet||Yes||Use tg3 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested|
The open source radeon module does not yet support the nc6400's ATI Mobility Radeon x1300 graphics chip. However you can use the proprietary ATI module which now includes support for this chip. You will need to install the ATI module to get the display working.
Update: The latest version of Xorg should now have support for this chipset.
Another version of the nc6400 includes the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950. Install the Ubuntu “915resolution” package to use 1280×800 screen resolution.
The wireless network is based on a Broadcom chipset so it requires the ndiswrapper to be used. However I have not had success in getting this to work. It may still work, but more testing is required.
Update: It should work now with the native broadcom module included in recent kernel versions.
The Hewlett-Packard nc6400 has great support for Linux as long as you use a very recent kernel. It is recommended you run at least kernel version 2.6.21.