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This is a guide to running Linux with the HP 6720S 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||Intel Celeron M CPU email@example.comGHz, firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz, email@example.comGHz or Core 2 Duo T5270@1.4GHz, T5470@1.6GHz,T5670@1.8GHz, T8100@2.1GHz, T8300@2.4Ghz|
|Screen||15.4“ WXGA Widescreen (1280×800)|
|RAM||1 - 4GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (Limited to 533MHz by the Celeron Processor)|
|HDD||80 - 250GB 5400 rpm SATA with SMART|
|Optical Drive||DVD+-RW SuperMulti with DualLayer or DVD/CD-RW Combo|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 (Up to 386 MB from RAM), Intel Mobile GME965/GLE960 Integrated Graphics Controller|
|Ethernet||82562GT 10/100 Network Connection (e1000)|
|56K Modem||V.92 56K Data/Fax Modem|
|Wireless||Intel or Broadcom 802.11abg, Optional Bluetooth 2.0|
|Input devices||Synaptics Touchpad with Scroll Zone, 101/102-key compatible keyboard with 12 function keys and an integrated numeric keypad|
|Other||1 x MemoryCard Slot (mini SD/SD/MMC), 3 x USB2.0, 1 x VGA, 1 x RJ45, 1 x RJ11, 1 x Express Card/56, 1 x Stereo headphone/line out, 1 x Stereo microphone in, 1 x 1 AC power, 1 x Kensington Lock|
|Processor||Yes||Out of the box|
|Screen||Yes||Out of the box|
|Input Devices||Yes||Out of the box (Also all of the function keys)|
|HDD||Yes||Out of the box|
|Optical Drive||Yes||Out of the box|
|Sound||Yes||Out of the box|
|Ethernet||Yes||With current BIOS works out of the box, else see Notes|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|MemoryCard Slot||Yes||SD - Out of the box, MMC - Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
For proper support for the 6720S you should use kernel 2.6.22 or greater. Ubuntu 7.10 is a good choice for this laptop.
To install older Ubuntu, or from Alternative CD you must chose 1024×768@16bit option, or manually add vga=791 to the kernel line, then the instalation will go smooth, and sweet :). Of course install the xserver-xorg-video-intel driver, when you finish the installation.
In Hardy compiz works out of the box.
You must upgrade to the newest BIOS, because the F.07< bioses, were known to have trouble with ethernet drivers in Linux (and also in Windows XP). After that you don't have to add `noacpi` options on boot, as it is said in some forums.
* The Intel 3945ABG wireless controller uses the iwlwifi or the older ipw3945 module. Most recent Linux distributions should support this controller properly.
* The Broadcom BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI (rev 02) does not have a properly working native linux driver, so you must use ndiswrapper in distros like Feisty, and Gutsy. In Hardy Beta if you want make it work, you must patch the linux kernel with a proper patch (see forums), or the other, TEMPORARY, way is to remove the b43 nad b43legacy module with `modprobe -r b43` (i don't know why, but blacklisting just don't work), so you must do this every time you start ubuntu hardy and want to use Wireless, without the patch of course), and then use ndiswrapper.
It is better to disable them from the beginning, as they won't work well on almost all linux distros, and can be really troublesome.
Ubuntu Feisty 7.04, Gutsy 7.10, Hardy Beta 8.04
As long as you use a recent stable Linux distribution (such as Ubuntu 7.10 or Fedora 10) you shouldn't have major problems with this laptop, because Wireless, and Graphics have an excellent community support.