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This is a guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq 6515B 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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|Processor||AMD Turion 64 MK-38 2.2GHz|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon x1250|
|Network||Ethernet, Broadcom 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||USB2.0, Firewire, Fingerprint Reader|
|Graphics||Yes||See notes below|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-hda-intel module|
|Wireless||Partial||See notes below|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested|
The ATI Mobility Radeon x1250 in the 6515b is not supported yet by many Linux distributions. In this case you will either need to upgrade your version of Xorg or install the proprietary fglrx modules. See our guide below on details on how to install the proprietary modules for various distributions.
To get the wireless controller in the 6515b working you will need to use the ndiswrapper module. See our guide below on details on how to install this driver on various distributions. You can find the required windows drivers here. There are some open source modules called bcm43xx but these don't appear to work, at least I couldn't get them working.
Like many AMD based laptops (especially from HP), the HP-Compaq 6515B is not the best running laptop under Linux. In this case the need to use the ndiswrapper module causes a significant problem. Hopefully the bcm43xx will shortly being functioning with this wireless controller and therefore make this laptop much more suitable for Linux.