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Hewlett-Packard nx6125

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Hewlett-Packard nx6125 laptop, model ER643PA. This is one of only a few laptops with an Turion processor which is unfortunately not a good candidate for running Linux on.

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 nx6125
ProcessorAMD Turion ML-40 - 2.2Ghz
Screen15”
RAM1024MB
HDD80GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon X300
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Broadcom bcm43xx 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other3 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested

Notes

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

For the Broadcom wireless card found in the nx6125 you will need to use the ndiswrapper module. If you are inexperienced with ndiswrapper you can follow our Configuring the ndiswrapper module guide. The Windows files need for ndiswrapper can be downloaded from here, but you will need to use a proper Windows installation (or maybe WINE) to extract the files. The files you need are bcmwl5.inf and bcmwl5.sys.

You may need to use the “noapic nolapic” boot options (without the quotes) to install Linux on the nx6125, otherwise the laptop may hang during boot.

Summary

The Broadcom wireless controller can be tricky to get working, especially if ndiswrapper isn't included with your Linux distribution of choice. Other than that everything else works easily on the Hewlett-Packard nx6125.


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