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Hewlett-Packard nc8230

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Hewlett-Packard nc8230 laptop, model EJ880PA.

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

NameHewlett-Packard nc8230
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 750 1.86Ghz
Screen15.4“
RAM512MB
HDD80GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Graphics64MB ATI Mobility Radeon x600
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 2915 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse snd_intel8x0 module
EthernetYesUse bnx2 module
WirelessYesUse ipw2200 module and firmware
BluetoothYesUse btusb module
56K ModemYesUse snd_intel8x0m module and slmodem in alsa mode. Do not forget to use modem:2. Tested on 3.0.6 and slmodem from source 2.9.11-20110321
USBYesUse ehci and uhci modules
FirewireProbablyfirewire_ohci module load fine, untested
Card ReaderNot tested, probably wont workMight work, same controller work on other laptop model.
PCMCIAYesUse yenta_socket module
SensorsYesUse acpi module

Notes

This notebook supports both the open source radeon module and the proprietary ATI module. The proprietary module would probably give you the best 3D performance.

Summary

The were no problems in getting this laptop working well with Linux, it should work with most recent Linux distributions.


Discussion

Casper, 2012/01/16 06:12

slmodem is a fragile and basically unmaintained software. I got it to work by compiling from source:
tar -zxvf slmodem-2.9.11-20110321.tar.gz
cd slmodem-2.9.11-20110321
make SUPPORT_ALSA=1
make SUPPORT_ALSA=1 install
/usr/sbin/slmodem -a modem:2

It then started and created /dev/ttySL0
modem:2 was found from:
aplay -l
which show Card 2 as the modem. This may vary from system to system depending on the order of the alsa modules loading and what you added for support.

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