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  1. #1
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    Linux on HP nc6120?

    Just to warn everyone, I am most definately a Linux newbie.

    I am interested in installing a Linux distro on my HP nc6120. I have no idea what is required to do this or if it will even work. Below is a short list of the functionality that I would need the laptop to have followed by a breakdown of my hardware specs. I am not to partial to any specfic distro, it really just needs to be usable and needs to work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Must have:
    Wireless LAN
    Wired LAN
    USB/Firewire Connectivity
    CD Burning
    Network Printing
    All normal things (office, other development programs, etc.)

    SD/MMC card reader drivers (i don't think these exist)
    Limited support for windows applications and games (browsing the WINE site this doesn't look like it would be a problem)

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    OS Service Pack: Service Pack 2
    CPU Type : Pentium M 730, 1.6ghz
    Motherboard Name: Hewlett-Packard 099C
    Motherboard Chipset: Mobile Intel 915GM Express Chipset
    System Memory: 503 MB
    BIOS Type: HPQFlash for HP Notebook System BIOS
    Communication Port: Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port : ECP Printer Port (LPT1)
    Video Adapter : Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Chipset Family (128 MB)
    Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
    Audio Adapter: SoundMAX Integrated Digital
    Disk Drive: FUJITSU MHT2040AH PL
    Disk Drive : SD3 Device
    Optical Drive: TSSTcorp CDW/DVD TS-L462A
    C: (NTFS) 38154 MB (28038 MB free)
    Keyboard: Quick Launch Buttons
    Mouse: Microsoft USB Wheel Mouse Optical
    Mouse : Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad
    Wireless: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
    Wired: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5705MA2 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    Modem: Agere Systems AC'97 Modem
    Printer: \\Home\HP DeskJet 930C/932C/935C
    Printer: HP Mobile Printing PS
    USB Device: Microsoft USB Wheel Mouse Optical

    If this isn't sufficient, product info can be found at
    HP Product Info.

    For the most part, I really can't be dealing with tons of errors and searching down this driver or that. But in any case, thanks a lot for the help.

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    Same Question

    I have alsoHP Nc6120, and the same problem.
    If you find drivers for modem send it on my mail. Im already tring to do this, but I have no experience with linux or Fedora3.

  3. #3

    hp compaq nc6120

    I am facing the same problem, but i already solved the VGA problem using Vesa driver, however the remaining of the drivers didnt work with me. If anyone found a solution for Centrino wireless or the sound card problem please tell me...

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    The solution that worked for getting sound in my nc6120
    running Mandriva LE2005 was in two steps

    STEP 1:

    to comment the "if" in
    the following lines of the initial script file /etc/init.d/sound:

    case $1 in
    # COMMENT START if [ ! -d /proc/asound ];then
    module "Loading sound module" sound || retval=1
    /sbin/modprobe -c | awk '/^((alias)|(probe)) +sound-slot-[0-9]/ {print $
    2}' | ( \
    while read line; do
    [[ $line = snd-card-* ]] && continue #we do it via alsa script
    module "Loading sound module" $line || retval=1
    module "Loading midi module" midi
    # COMMENT END fi

    STEP 2:

    run alsaconf

    Hope it helps.

    As far as modem drivers are concerned, I have found this link
    which can be useful.

  6. #5

    Fedora with compaq nc6120

    thanks lluamco, however im using Fedora 4, and im facing these problems which i believe mostly comes from the hotkeys of the laptop. Because once i start the laptop to access fedora the mute buttom is on, i pressed it so many times but it didnt turned off. Also when I press the wireless buttom, the it doesn work, all what im getting when i press the wireless these messages from dmesg:
    atkbd.c: Unknown key pressed (translated set 2, code 0xf8 on isa0060/serio0).
    atkbd.c: Use 'setkeycodes e078 <keycode>' to make it known.
    atkbd.c: Unknown key released (translated set 2, code 0xf8 on isa0060/serio0).
    atkbd.c: Use 'setkeycodes e078 <keycode>' to make it known.

    thatś why i think it is the hotkeys problem to be defined in linux!!!... Anyone can HELP!!

  7. #6

    Linux on compaq nc6120

    I am running Kubuntu 5.04 Hoary hedgehod release, everything seems to work. However Kubuntu has several issues and not a lot of popular Fedora software is available on this release based on Debain Linux.

  8. #7

    Can you say anything about the fan?

    Is it running, if you are using office-programms or
    if you are in the internet?

    Or is the fan in these cases off and starts just
    if you do things where you need more power
    (such as compiling, virus-scans, programming) ??

    What is about the vga-out?
    What about 1400x1050 resolution?

  9. #8

    i got it running...

    Just download and run Knoppix 3.9
    Itīs a live cd, but it has EVERYTHING(as far as i tested) working!
    Wireless, monitor, burning cdīs, soundcard, etc....

    Especially if you are not sure what distribution to choose and you just want to try and play around a bit.
    The problem with permanent storage i solved with my memory stick.

    Have fun.

  10. #9
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    Linux HP NC6120

    ...plz friends, do me a favour and don't use knoppix, but KANOTIX 03-2005. ...more drivers included.

    ..what's bout the fan in 6120, constantly running, or quiet ???

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