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==Introduction==
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My plan when I finish is to have my laptop (HP Compaq nc6220) dual booted with Windows XP Pro (work image).  I repartitioned my hard drive with [http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php Gparted Live CD].  It only took a minute or so.  I will be doing the install with the arch 0.8 beta2 base cd.  There is an [http://archlinux.org/static/docs/arch-install-guide.html installation guide (0.7.2)] that may help.I will do my best to give as much detail as possible.
 
My plan when I finish is to have my laptop (HP Compaq nc6220) dual booted with Windows XP Pro (work image).  I repartitioned my hard drive with [http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php Gparted Live CD].  It only took a minute or so.  I will be doing the install with the arch 0.8 beta2 base cd.  There is an [http://archlinux.org/static/docs/arch-install-guide.html installation guide (0.7.2)] that may help.I will do my best to give as much detail as possible.
  
NOTE:  Per [http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12130_na/12130_na.HTML HP's website], this laptop is Novell Linux Desktop 9 certified.  So getting linux on this laptop should not be too hard.
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NOTE:  Per [http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12130_na/12130_na.HTML HP's website], this laptop is Novell Linux Desktop 9 certified.  So getting Linux on this laptop should not be too hard.
  
 
===System Specifications===
 
===System Specifications===
 
 
HP Compaq nc6220 - Intel Centrino
 
HP Compaq nc6220 - Intel Centrino
 
* Intel Pentium M processor 750 (1.86-GHz, 533-MHz FSB, 2-MB L2 cache)
 
* Intel Pentium M processor 750 (1.86-GHz, 533-MHz FSB, 2-MB L2 cache)
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===What works/What doesn't===
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===What works/What does not===
 
Pretty much everything works on this laptop except the SD-card reader. I am still working on it.  The screen needs a little tweaking to get the full resolution and works great.  Also I have not tried the modem (no POTS line) or tried to suspend the laptop yet.
 
Pretty much everything works on this laptop except the SD-card reader. I am still working on it.  The screen needs a little tweaking to get the full resolution and works great.  Also I have not tried the modem (no POTS line) or tried to suspend the laptop yet.
  
==Installation==
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==Xorg==
Boot from the CD and do the base installation from the CD.  My partitions are setup as follows:
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HDA1 20gb Win XP
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HDA5 32mb /boot
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HDA6 1gb swap (needed for hibernate mode...I think)
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HDA7 39gb /
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With Windows XP as an option, the grub boot loader should look something like this:
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# Windows XP
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title  Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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rootnoverify (hd0,0)
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makeactive
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chainloader +1
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# (0) Arch Linux
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title  Arch Linux
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root  (hd0,4)
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kernel /vmlinuz26 root=/dev/hda7 ro
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initrd /kernel26.img
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# (1) Arch Linux
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title  Arch Linux Fallback
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root  (hd0,4)
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kernel /vmlinuz26 root=/dev/sda7 ro
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initrd /kernel26-fallback.img
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==Post Installation==
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First, create your user account:
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#useradd -m <user>
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Add yourself to some needed group:
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#gpasswd -a <user> audio; gpasswd -a <user> optical; gpasswd -a <user> storage; gpasswd -a <user> users
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Next is to upgrade:
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#pacman -Syu
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==Install GUI==
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Now, lets get the gui going.
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===Video Driver===
 
===Video Driver===
First things first.  Lets install the driver.  Per the lshwd command I displayed earlier, it should be the i810 driver. Let's search for it:
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The NC6220 has an onboard Intel 9xx series VGA, supported by the xf86-video-intel driver.
  
#pacman -Ss i810
 
current/xf86-video-i810 1.7.4-2
 
    X.org Intel i810/i830/i915 video drivers
 
 
Now let's install it:
 
 
#pacman -S xf86-video-i810
 
 
===Xorg/Gnome===
 
I am a gnome person.  To get it installed, I followed the [http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Xorg Xorg] and [http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Gnome Gnome] wikis.  They provide enough information to get it setup.  I will post my xorg.conf file in the next section.
 
Note:  Make sure you update the daemons in /etc/rc.conf.
 
 
====Mouse====
 
====Mouse====
There is a synaptic touchpad on this laptop.  If you follow this [http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Touchpad_Synaptics howto], you should have no problems getting this to work.  It works great for me.
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There is a synaptic touchpad on this laptop.  If you follow this [[Touchpad_Synaptics|howto]], you should have no problems getting this to work.  It works great for me.
 
Note:  Make sure you update the modules in /etc/rc.conf.
 
Note:  Make sure you update the modules in /etc/rc.conf.
====AIGLX/Beryl====
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This laptop has an Intel graphics card greater than i810, and ArchLinux has the latest Xorg.  Currently it is xorg-server 1.2.0 (Xorg 7.2).  This means that AIGLX and Beryl will work on it.  I followed the [http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Aiglx AIGLX howto] and the [http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beryl Beryl howto] and restarted xorg.  Bingo, it worked.
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====Compiz Fusion====
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This laptop supports Compiz FusionSo I followed the [[Compiz|wiki]], and it worked great.
  
 
===Fix Resolution===
 
===Fix Resolution===
When I got Gnome up and running, I wanted to get the display to its native resolution to 1400x1050. I installed 915resolution. To configure it, I found a good site called [http://www.geocities.com/stomljen/ 915Resolution: Intel Video BIOS Hack]. There is also a [http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Intel_945_GM_How_To_Resolution wiki howto] for it.  I followed this [http://www.geocities.com/stomljen/readme.html howto], and it worked like a champ. This is what I did:
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xf86-video-i810 used to required 915resolution to get a correct resolution. This is not needed anymore by the superseding xf86-video-intel driver.
 
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#pacman -Sy 915resolution
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You will need to uncomment the community repo from /etc/pacman.conf. Next to list the resolutions:
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#915resolution -l
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Intel 800/900 Series VBIOS Hack : version 0.5.2
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Chipset: 915GM
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BIOS: TYPE 1
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Mode Table Offset: $C0000 + $269
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Mode Table Entries: 36
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Mode 30 : 640x480, 8 bits/pixel
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Mode 32 : 800x600, 8 bits/pixel
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Mode 34 : 1024x768, 8 bits/pixel
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Mode 38 : 1280x1024, 8 bits/pixel
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Mode 3a : 1600x1200, 8 bits/pixel
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Mode 3c : 1920x1440, 8 bits/pixel
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Mode 41 : 640x480, 16 bits/pixel
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Mode 43 : 800x600, 16 bits/pixel
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Mode 45 : 1024x768, 16 bits/pixel
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Mode 49 : 1280x1024, 16 bits/pixel
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Mode 4b : 1600x1200, 16 bits/pixel
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Mode 4d : 1920x1440, 16 bits/pixel
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Mode 50 : 640x480, 32 bits/pixel
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Mode 52 : 800x600, 32 bits/pixel
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Mode 54 : 1024x768, 32 bits/pixel
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Mode 58 : 1280x1024, 32 bits/pixel
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Mode 5a : 1600x1200, 32 bits/pixel
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Mode 5c : 1920x1440, 32 bits/pixel
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Now pick the one you want to overwrite. For me, it is 3c. So I then do a:
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#915resolution 3c 1400 1050
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Now to make sure it took:
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#915resolution -l
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Intel 800/900 Series VBIOS Hack : version 0.5.2
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Chipset: 915GM
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BIOS: TYPE 1
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Mode Table Offset: $C0000 + $269
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Mode Table Entries: 36
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Mode 30 : 640x480, 8 bits/pixel
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Mode 32 : 800x600, 8 bits/pixel
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Mode 34 : 1024x768, 8 bits/pixel
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Mode 38 : 1280x1024, 8 bits/pixel
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Mode 3a : 1600x1200, 8 bits/pixel
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Mode 3c : 1400x1050, 8 bits/pixel
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Mode 41 : 640x480, 16 bits/pixel
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Mode 43 : 800x600, 16 bits/pixel
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Mode 45 : 1024x768, 16 bits/pixel
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Mode 49 : 1280x1024, 16 bits/pixel
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Mode 4b : 1600x1200, 16 bits/pixel
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Mode 4d : 1400x1050, 16 bits/pixel
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Mode 50 : 640x480, 32 bits/pixel
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Mode 52 : 800x600, 32 bits/pixel
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Mode 54 : 1024x768, 32 bits/pixel
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Mode 58 : 1280x1024, 32 bits/pixel
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Mode 5a : 1600x1200, 32 bits/pixel
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Mode 5c : 1400x1050, 32 bits/pixel
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Now you can start/restart the xserver. I did not reboot because it would mess up my settings. Now to make sure that this works. I want to make sure that it will do this automatically. I added the following into /etc/rc.local:
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/usr/sbin/915resolution 3c 1400 1050
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Now I can reboot without any more worries.
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Here is the output of my /etc/X11/xorg.conf:
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  Section "ServerLayout"
 
  Section "ServerLayout"
 
         Identifier    "Xorg Configured"
 
         Identifier    "Xorg Configured"
 
         Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
 
         Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
        InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
 
        InputDevice    "Touchpad" "AlwaysCore"
 
        Option        "AIGLX" "true"
 
 
  EndSection
 
  EndSection
 
   
 
   
 
  Section "ServerFlags"
 
  Section "ServerFlags"
 
         Option "AllowMouseOpenFail"  "true"  
 
         Option "AllowMouseOpenFail"  "true"  
EndSection
 
 
Section "Files"
 
        RgbPath      "/usr/share/X11/rgb"
 
        ModulePath  "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/misc:unscaled"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/misc"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi:unscaled"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi:unscaled"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/PEX"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/cyrillic"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/Type1"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/western"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/decoratives"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/truetype"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/openoffice"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-bitstream-vera"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/latex-ttf-fonts"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/defoma/CID"
 
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/defoma/TrueType"
 
EndSection
 
 
Section "Module"
 
        Load  "ddc"  # ddc probing of monitor
 
        Load  "dbe"
 
        Load  "dri"
 
        Load  "extmod"
 
        Load  "glx"
 
        Load  "bitmap" # bitmap-fonts
 
        Load  "type1"
 
        Load  "freetype"
 
        Load  "record"
 
        Load  "synaptics"
 
EndSection
 
 
Section "InputDevice"
 
        Identifier  "Keyboard0"
 
        Driver      "keyboard"
 
        Option      "CoreKeyboard"
 
        Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
 
        Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
 
        Option "XkbLayout" ""
 
        Option "XkbVariant" ""
 
EndSection
 
 
Section "InputDevice"
 
        Identifier      "USB Mouse"
 
        Driver          "mouse"
 
        Option          "Device"                "/dev/input/mice"
 
        Option          "SendCoreEvents"        "true"
 
        Option          "Protocol"              "IMPS/2"
 
        Option          "ZAxisMapping"          "4 5"
 
        Option          "Buttons"              "5"
 
EndSection
 
 
Section "InputDevice"
 
        Identifier  "Touchpad"
 
        Driver      "synaptics"
 
        Option      "Device" "/dev/input/mouse1"
 
        Option      "Protocol" "auto-dev"
 
        Option      "LeftEdge" "1700"
 
        Option      "RightEdge" "5300"
 
        Option      "TopEdge" "1700"
 
        Option      "BottomEdge" "4200"
 
        Option      "FingerLow" "25"
 
        Option      "FingerHigh" "30"
 
        Option      "MaxTapTime" "180"
 
        Option      "MaxTapMove" "220"
 
        Option      "VertScrollDelta" "100"
 
        Option      "MinSpeed" "0.06"
 
        Option      "MaxSpeed" "0.12"
 
        Option      "AccelFactor" "0.0010"
 
        Option      "SHMConfig" "true"
 
 
  EndSection
 
  EndSection
 
   
 
   
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                 Modes "1400x1050"
 
                 Modes "1400x1050"
 
         EndSubSection
 
         EndSubSection
EndSection
 
 
Section "DRI"
 
        Mode 0666
 
EndSection
 
 
Section "Extensions"
 
        Option  "Composite"    "Enable"
 
 
  EndSection
 
  EndSection
  
 
==Audio==
 
==Audio==
Now for the sound.  It works out of the box, but alsa needs to be installed for saving sound setting and all the other good stuff alsa does.  Thankfully there is a [http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Alsa howto here].
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See [[ALSA]].
  
 
== Network ==
 
== Network ==
 
=== Wired ===
 
=== Wired ===
The wired connection worked out of the box.  The Neworkmanager, that we will setup in the next section, will manage this as well as the wireless.
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The wired connection worked out of the box.  The [[NetworkManager]], that we will setup in the next section, will manage this as well as the wireless.
  
 
=== Wireless ===
 
=== Wireless ===
Now lets get wireless going.  There is a [http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Wireless_Setup wireless setup howto] and there is a [http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Networkmanager Networkmanager howto].  I will go into detail about this because wireless is one of the most difficult things to get running (generally).  This should be pretty easy to get going.
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To enable the blue wireless LED, add the following to /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf:
  
Install wireless drivers and network tools
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  options ipw2200 led=1
#pacman -Sy ipw2200-fw wireless_tools gnome-network-manager
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Load module
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#modprobe ipw2200
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See what device the wireless card it on:
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#iwconfig
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lo        no wireless extensions.
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eth0      no wireless extensions.
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eth1      IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:"" 
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          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.442 GHz  Access Point: 00:90:4C:7E:00:10 
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          Bit Rate:54 Mb/s  Tx-Power=20 dBm  Sensitivity=8/0 
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          Retry limit:7  RTS thr:off  Fragment thr:off
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          Power Management:off
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          Link Quality=98/100  Signal level=-27 dBm  Noise level=-92 dBm
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          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
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          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0  Missed beacon:0
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While still in the /etc/rc.conf file still open, edit the network part of the file:
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lo="lo 127.0.0.1"
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eth0="dhcp"
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eth1="dhcp"
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INTERFACES=(lo !eth0 !eth1)
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I belive this is optional.  It is just to get the blue LED to light up when the wireless is enabled.  I added the following to /etc/modprobe.conf:
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  options ipw2200 led=1 hwcrypto=0
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With /etc/rc.conf still open, edit it to stop the network daemon from starting and have networkmanager and dhcdpd daemons start at boot:
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DAEMONS=(... !network ... networkmanager dhcdbd)
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Now reboot or stop/start the daemons:
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# /etc/rc.d/network stop;/etc/rc.d/networkmanager start;/etc/rc.d/dhcdbd start
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That should do it. Note, this is a generic way to set it up. My wireless router is broadcasting its SSID and has no encryption on it. I want to get WPA working though. That will be a task for later.
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==== Troubles with wireless ====
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The default BIOS settings maximize power savings by only allowing either power to be given to the wireless card or the Ethernet card. Either disable the "LAN/WLAN Switching" in the BIOS, eject the "tg3" module when you want to use the wireless card, or unplug the Ethernet cable.
  
 
=== Modem ===
 
=== Modem ===
 
Have not tried.
 
Have not tried.
 
== ACPI ==
 
When I login to gnome, I keep getting a acpi did not load error. I installed:
 
pacman -Sy acpid gnome-power-manager
 
And I added the daemons in the /etc/rc.conf file
 
DAEMONS=(... acpid)
 
And rebooted.  Now I have the battery monitor to the gnome panel and life is good.
 
  
 
== Card Readers ==
 
== Card Readers ==
 
=== PCMCIA ===
 
=== PCMCIA ===
As far as I've understood from other reports, the pcmcia card works as expected. I don't have one at this time, so I can't confirm it.
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As far as I have understood from other reports, the PCMCIA card works as expected. I do not have one at this time, so I cannot confirm it.
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=== Compact Flash ===
 
=== Compact Flash ===
The same goes for the Compact Flash. It's supposed to work as it uses the same interfaces as the PCMCIA does, but I can't confirm anything since I don't have a CF-card.
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The same goes for the Compact Flash. It is supposed to work as it uses the same interfaces as the PCMCIA does, but I cannot confirm anything since I do not have a CF-card.
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=== Secure Digital ===
 
=== Secure Digital ===
The SD-card reader on the other hand is a pain! It uses proprietary drivers from ricoh under windows and there are no drivers under linux. I would really want this working but I think the only chance would be to reverse engineer the reader and I guess not enough coders have this device. Subsequently, there are no drivers now and there won't be in the foreseeable future...
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The SD-card reader on the other hand is a pain! It uses proprietary drivers from ricoh under Windows and there are no drivers under Linux. I would really want this working but I think the only chance would be to reverse engineer the reader and I guess not enough coders have this device. Subsequently, there are no drivers now and there will not be in the foreseeable future...
 
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==Other Tweaks==
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===Sudo===
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I like to use sudo to manage my system.  So as root, I do a:
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# pacman -Sy sudo
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Then I do a give myself rights:
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# visudo -f /etc/sudoers
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Add myself under root.
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===DISABLE IPV6===
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I disabled the IPV6 module because I do not need it.  Here is the [http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/IPv6_-_Disabling_the_Module howto] to get this.
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===SSHfs===
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To connect to other shares and doing updates I use SSHfs.  Here is a [http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Sshfs howto] for that.
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===Packages===
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affinity
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firefox
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thunderbird
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flashplugin
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flashplayer-standalone
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jre # Java
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mplayer
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vlc
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Glipper
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tomboy
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gaim
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ms-fonts
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kernel26beyond
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ntp
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tracker
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affinity
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f-spot
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===Files Edited===
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rc.local
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rc.conf
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pacman.conf
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modprobe.conf
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inittab
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xorg.conf
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sudoers
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= External Links =
 
= External Links =
 
 
* This report is listed at the [http://tuxmobil.org/fujitsu.html TuxMobil: Linux Laptop and Notebook Installation Guides Survey: Fujitsu-Siemens - FSC].
 
* This report is listed at the [http://tuxmobil.org/fujitsu.html TuxMobil: Linux Laptop and Notebook Installation Guides Survey: Fujitsu-Siemens - FSC].

Revision as of 12:55, 23 April 2012

My plan when I finish is to have my laptop (HP Compaq nc6220) dual booted with Windows XP Pro (work image). I repartitioned my hard drive with Gparted Live CD. It only took a minute or so. I will be doing the install with the arch 0.8 beta2 base cd. There is an installation guide (0.7.2) that may help.I will do my best to give as much detail as possible.

NOTE: Per HP's website, this laptop is Novell Linux Desktop 9 certified. So getting Linux on this laptop should not be too hard.

System Specifications

HP Compaq nc6220 - Intel Centrino

  • Intel Pentium M processor 750 (1.86-GHz, 533-MHz FSB, 2-MB L2 cache)
  • Mobile Intel 915GM Express Chipset
  • 512-MB 533-MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • 60-GB 5400 rpm IDE ATA Harddrive
  • 14.1-inch color TFT SXGA+ (1400 x 1050 resolution and 16 M colors)
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 with up to 128 MB of shared system memory
  • ADI AC '97 CODEC
  • 9.5-mm DVD/CD-RW Combo (Matshita UJDA775 IDE ATA 8x DVD/24x CDRW)
  • 56K Fax/Modem
  • NetXtreme Gigabit PCI Express Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000 NIC)
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG 802.11b/g WLAN
  • One Type I/II PC Card Slot??
  • One Integrated Smart Card Reader??
  • One Integrated Secure Digital Slot??
  • Dual pointing devices (both Pointstick and Touchpad)
  • 6-cell high capacity Lithium-Ion (52Wh)
  • External 65W adapter


Output of lshwd

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp.|Mobile Memory Controller Hub (intel-agp)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corp.|Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller (i810)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corp.|Mobile Graphics Controller (vesa)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub PCI Express Port 0 (unknown)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub PCI Express Port 1 (unknown)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub USB (unknown)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub USB (unknown)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub USB (unknown)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub USB2 (unknown)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp.|82801 Hub Interface to PCI Bridge (hw_random)
00:1e.2 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp.|82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Audio Controller (snd-intel8x0)
00:1e.3 Modem: Intel Corp.|I/OController Hub Modem (Hsf:www.linmodems.org)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub LPC (i810-tco)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub PATA (piix)
02:04.0 Network controller: Intel Corp.|Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG (ipw2200)
02:06.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments|Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller (yenta_socket)
02:06.3 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments|Texas Instruments PCIxx21 Integrated FlashMedia Controller (unknown)
02:06.4 : Texas Instruments|Texas Instruments PCI6411, PCI6421, PCI6611, PCI6621, PCI7411, PCI7421, PCI7611, PCI7621 Secure Digital (SD) C (unknown)
02:06.5 : Texas Instruments|Texas Instruments PCI6411, PCI6421, PCI6611, PCI6621, PCI7411, PCI7421, PCI7611, PCI7621 Smart Card Controller (unknown)
10:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corp.|NetXtreme BCM5751M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (tg3)
004:001 USB Hub: Virtual|Hub (unknown)
003:001 USB Hub: Virtual|Hub (unknown)
002:001 USB Hub: Virtual|Hub (unknown)
001:001 USB Hub: Virtual|Hub (unknown)


What works/What does not

Pretty much everything works on this laptop except the SD-card reader. I am still working on it. The screen needs a little tweaking to get the full resolution and works great. Also I have not tried the modem (no POTS line) or tried to suspend the laptop yet.

Xorg

Video Driver

The NC6220 has an onboard Intel 9xx series VGA, supported by the xf86-video-intel driver.

Mouse

There is a synaptic touchpad on this laptop. If you follow this howto, you should have no problems getting this to work. It works great for me. Note: Make sure you update the modules in /etc/rc.conf.

Compiz Fusion

This laptop supports Compiz Fusion. So I followed the wiki, and it worked great.

Fix Resolution

xf86-video-i810 used to required 915resolution to get a correct resolution. This is not needed anymore by the superseding xf86-video-intel driver.

Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier     "Xorg Configured"
        Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
        Option "AllowMouseOpenFail"  "true" 
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier "Monitor0"
                Option "DPMS" "true"
        HorizSync    28.0 - 96.0 # Warning: This may fry old Monitors
        VertRefresh  50.0 - 75.0 # Very conservative. May flicker.
        # 1400x1050 @ 60.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 65.22 kHz; pclk: 122.61 MHz
        ModeLine "1400x1050"  122.61  1400 1488 1640 1880  1050 1051 1054 1087  -HSync +Vsync
EndSection

Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Card0"
        Driver      "i810"
        VendorName  "Intel Corp."
        BoardName   "Unknown Board"
        Option      "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps" "true"
        Option      "DRI" "true"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
        Identifier "Screen0"
        Device     "Card0"
        Monitor    "Monitor0"
        DefaultColorDepth 24
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth     24
                Modes "1400x1050"
        EndSubSection
EndSection

Audio

See ALSA.

Network

Wired

The wired connection worked out of the box. The NetworkManager, that we will setup in the next section, will manage this as well as the wireless.

Wireless

To enable the blue wireless LED, add the following to /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf:

options ipw2200 led=1

Troubles with wireless

The default BIOS settings maximize power savings by only allowing either power to be given to the wireless card or the Ethernet card. Either disable the "LAN/WLAN Switching" in the BIOS, eject the "tg3" module when you want to use the wireless card, or unplug the Ethernet cable.

Modem

Have not tried.

Card Readers

PCMCIA

As far as I have understood from other reports, the PCMCIA card works as expected. I do not have one at this time, so I cannot confirm it.

Compact Flash

The same goes for the Compact Flash. It is supposed to work as it uses the same interfaces as the PCMCIA does, but I cannot confirm anything since I do not have a CF-card.

Secure Digital

The SD-card reader on the other hand is a pain! It uses proprietary drivers from ricoh under Windows and there are no drivers under Linux. I would really want this working but I think the only chance would be to reverse engineer the reader and I guess not enough coders have this device. Subsequently, there are no drivers now and there will not be in the foreseeable future...

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