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This is a guide to running Linux with the Hewlett-Packard nw8240 laptop, model EJ876PA.
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 Pentium-M 770 2.13Ghz|
|Graphics||128MB ATI Mobility FireGL V5000|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 2915 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire|
|Graphics 3D||No||Old Linux distribution like Ubuntu 08.04, yes. New ones not.|
|Suspend to ram||Not great||Old Linux distribution like Ubuntu 08.04, yes. New ones have graphical artifacts upon wakeup.|
|Sound||Yes||Use snd-intel8x0 module|
|Ethernet||Yes||Use tg3 module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use ipw2200 module|
|56K Modem||Yes||Use slmodem module|
|Card Reader||Not tested, probably wont work|
On old Linux distributions such as Ubuntu 08.04, this notebook supports both the open source radeon module and the proprietary ATI module. The proprietary module would gives you the best 3D performance and suspend to ram works fine (it takes 10s usually to wakeup, but it is acceptable).
However, new Linux distributions such as Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 have issues. The proprietary module does not work anymore and you are forced to use the open source driver. Suspend to ram works, but when waking up, the graphics show color artifacts which makes the laptop not very enjoyable to use (still usable).
With old Linux distribution, it was a good laptop. With new ones, you loose graphical and suspend to ram capabilities.