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This is a guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq 6910P 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 6910P specifications page.
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 1.8GHz|
|Graphics||Intel Graphic Media Accelerator X3100|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 4965 802.11abgn Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||USB2.0, Firewire, Fingerprint Reader|
|Graphics||Yes||See notes below|
|Sound||Yes||See notes below|
|Wireless||Yes||See notes below|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||No||No drivers at the moment|
The Intel Graphic Media Accelerator X3100 in the 6910P needs a very recent version of Xorg to work properly. currently Ubuntu 7.10, OpenSuSE 10.3 and Mandriva Linux 2008 support this controller properly. If your distribution of choice uses an older version of Xorg you will need to upgrade it.
The Intel 4965AGN wireless controller in the 6910P requires the iwlwifi driver to work. This driver may be difficult to install depending on the kernel and distribution combination you are using. Currently Ubuntu 7.10, Mandriva Linux 2008 and OpenSuSE 10.3 support the 4965AGN as standard but you can view the guide below for a more up to date list of distributions which support this controller as well as installation instructions for distributions which don't support it fully.
Other models of the 6910P have the ATI Mobility Radeon X2300 graphics controller. This has been reported to work with ATI's proprietary fglrx module. See the guide below for installation details.
You will need at least kernel 2.6.22 for the audio in the 6910P to work. If you want to use a older kernel then you will have to install at least version 1.0.15rc3 of the ALSA drivers.
Configuring an ATI graphics chip
I had several problems while setting up a set of different Linux system a there were Fedora, Suse9, CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian as well. Blank screen, interrupt errors. Suse9 SP 4 was the only system that work.
As long as you are using a recently release Linux distribution (one with at least kernel 2.6.22) then the HP-Compaq 6910P works well with Linux. Ubuntu 7.10 works particularly well.