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Chris Merck (cmerck at stevens.edu)
This is a guide to running Linux with the Hewlett-Packard nw8440 laptop. The nw8440 is one of the high end laptops available with an impressive array of high end components.
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 2 Duo T2600 2.16GHz|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility FireGL V5200|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Fingerprint Reader|
|Graphics||Yes||proprietary module required for 3D|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-hda-intel module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use bcm43 firmware module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Yes||However there is no known compatible fingerprint comparison software|
The open source radeon module now supports the ATI Mobility FireGL V5200 found in the nw8440. Simply set your video driver to “radeon” in your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. However, this module does not yet support 3D acceleration. If you want accelerated 3D (i.e. for compiz-fusion or 3D games) then install the proprietary ATI module. Many guides exist for proprietary video module installation.
Gutsy install works only with alternate installer iso. Also, internet connection required to load newer video module during install (recent radeon or fglrx).
Fedora Core 9 install works out of the box. If resolution is too low on first boot run the command “xrandr -s max” to use the full 1920×1200 resolution.
Apart for the extra steps in installing the proprietary ATI module, there were no problems in getting the Hewlett-Packard nw8440 working when used with an up to date Linux distribution.