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This is a guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq 2230S laptop.
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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For full specifications see the HP-Compaq 2230S specifications page.
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel Celeron|
|Screen||12.1“ WXGA Widescreen|
|RAM||1GB to 8GB|
|HDD||120GB to 320GB HDD|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 802.11abgn or Broadcom 802.11abgn or Broadcom 802.11bg, Bluetooth|
|Brightness Control||Dimmed screen flickers or cannot dim||see Notes|
|HDD||Works with both AHCI or IDE native (Fedora9)|
|Optical Drive||Works (Fedora9)|
|Graphics||Works (Fedora9)||Perfect with xserver-xorg-video-intel 126.96.36.1991|
|Sound||Only headset port so far (Fedora9), Speakers and headset port work (Ubuntu 9.04, Mandriva One 2009)||use 'options snd-hda-intel model=laptop' if speakers don't work|
|Wireless||Intel5100 works (Fedora9 with kernel >= 2.·27)|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|USB||Works (Fedora 9)|
|Card Reader||Works (Fedora9)|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested|
Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty): The HP-Compaq 2230S has been tested and works almost out of the box. Issues with Network Manager (Wireless) and graphics (intel driver) are reported but both are generally supported and work. Screen flickers when dimmed via KDE/Gnome GUI or Fn-Keys. Does not flicker 100% brightness.
OpenSuse 11.1: KNetworkManager has issues with DNS. Sound works only through headphones (can be fixed with model=laptop option). Screen brightness cannot be set via KDE GUI. However, if the screen backlight happens to operate at low brightness the screen flickers. At 100% brightness it does not flicker.
Fedora 10: Screen Brightness can be set via Power Manager. However, screen flickers when screen is dimmed.
PCLinoxOS2009: screen flickers
Mandriva One 2009 (Gnome): Screen flickers when dimmed. Works otherwise.
Using a modern distribution you can expect almost full support of the box. However, the screen will probably flicker when dimmed. Some people don't seem to notice the flickering at all. Many think it's a minor hardware problem. However, I have not seen any flickering with preinstalled Windows Vista.