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Packard Bell EasyNote C3300

Introduction

This laptop was recued after years of using an inoperable Microsoft XP. When I received it was taking more than 20 minutes to start. Now the laptop is rock solid and suitable for office tasks, as well as a backup server or just for fun (i.e. surfing the web, hearing music, watching movies, etc.).

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Specifications

NamePackard Bell EasyNote C3300
Processormobile AMD Athlon XP-M 2600+ @ 516MHz
RAM192Mb
NetworkUSB Wireless Network Adapter: D-Link DWL-G122 C1

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYesThe “firmawre-ralink” needs to be installed in order to work properly.
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraYesAn external specialized webcam for research purposes was used for testing.

Notes

Almost everything works right out of the box. Installation is straight
forward, the screen resolution is perfect (much better than with the
past Microsoft XP) and the optical drive, sound, ethernet and USB works
swiftly.

In order to run the D-Link DWL-G122 C1 USB Wireless Network Adapter I
had to install the “firmware-ralink” package (and its dependencies)
from the debian repositories:
http://packages.debian.org/lenny-backports/firmware-ralink

Then I installed “Wicd” for network managing:
http://packages.debian.org/lenny-backports/wicd

Finally I configured Wicd by adding in the Preferences menu the
wireless interface name, probably wlan0 (use iwconfig to get it).

Things not working:
At startup the system says it cannot run the filesystem checkup
because the laptop is powered by the battery, while this is not true.

Summary

The laptop runs smoothly. It's pretty nice to see a crappy laptop
under the Microsoft's regime become a functional one over Linux.


Discussion

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packard_bell_easynote_c3300.txt · Last modified: 2012/06/09 07:56 by billg
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