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This is a guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq Presario C300 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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|Name||HP-Compaq Presario C300|
|Processor||Intel Celeron-M Processor 430 1.73 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950|
|Network||10/100 Ethernet, Broadcom 1390 802.11g Wireless|
|Other||2 x USB2.0|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-hda-intel module|
|56K Modem (Conexant HSF softmodem)||Yes||use linuxant hsf driver|
Some recent Linux distributions (eg: Fedora 7) not longer requires the following but most still do. As default the native screen resolution of this notebook is 1280×800, however due to the way the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 functions this resolution would not be usable right away. To get it working you will need to install the 915resolution program and type in:
915resolution 3c 1280 800
This will then allow you to use the native 1280×800 resolution. However this setting will be forgotten after each boot so you will need a way to automatically run this command at every boot. Fortunately most Linux distributions come with the 915resolution program and include a simple way of achieving this. You can view our Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 & 950 guide for more information.
This wireless controller in this laptop does not have any native drivers for Linux so you will need to use the ndiswrapper module. For installation instructions, you can view our Configuring the ndiswrapper module guide. The windows driver to use with ndiswrapper can be found here.
You will need to install the modem driver yourself. The Linuxant module works for this modem. Use method b as described on this page.
The main issue with this laptop is the wireless controller. Other than that there were no problems in getting this laptop working when used with an up to date Linux distribution. It is recommended to use a Linux distribution with kernel version 2.6.17 or greater, such as Fedora Core 6 or Ubuntu 6.10.