HP-Compaq Presario CQ60-400

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq Presario CQ60-400 laptop.

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Specifications

Model Tested:

NameHP-Compaq Presario CQ60-419WM
Processor2.1GHz AMD Sempron SI-42
Screen15.6” 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160GB
Optical DriveSuperMulti 8X DVD+-R/RW w/Double Layer Support
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 8200M
Network10/100 Ethernet
802.11b/g WLAN

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorks
SoundWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
USBWorks
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
TV TunerWorksSee notes

Notes

Tested with CentOS 5.4 running the kernel-2.6.18-164.9.1 kernel.

I do not need the 56k modem badly enough to pay ~$40.00 for the Conexant
(Linuxant) drivers for Linux.

Since I inatalled linux on the *whole* drive I lost the “system” partition,and
with it the “Fn' keys. Some Fn keys work but most don't. I don't believe that
they would have been available to Linux anyway (I would like to hear
otherwise).

The speakers are weak so unless the environment is quiet the headphones
(not provided) are a must.

Battery life is about an Hour. I could improve that with the available
settings but I like the display I get with this setting.

The TV-Wonder whip antenna will only get the strongest signals ~15 Miles.
I built a small fractal antenna by lacing insulated doorbell wire into a
tic-tqc-toe grid of 5 sets times 2 in Masonite Pegboard. It is directional
but can get a ~50 mile away station. An antenna amp makes the more distant
station clear and stable.


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hp-compaq_presario_cq60-400_series.txt · Last modified: 2010/10/15 03:57 by billg
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