HP Compaq nc4400

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I wanted a small and fast laptop that's capable of running Linux. My choice is a HP Compaq nc4400 since the Lenovo Thinkpad X-serie is too expensive. This HP and the Lenovo Thinkpad have a lot in common, for example they both sport a pointing stick and both lack an optical (cd/dvd) drive. My goal was to leave the pre-installed WinXP on the laptop and install Arch from an usb stick since I don't own an USB cd/dvd drive.

System Specifications

HP Compaq nc4400 - Centrino Duo

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5600, 2x1.83GHz (Speedstep, 667MHz FSB, 2MB L3) (VT support can be enabled in the BIOS)
  • Mobile Intel 945GM Express Chipset (ICH7 Family)
  • 2x512MB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • 80GB 2.5" 5400rpm Fujitsu-Siemens SATA HDD
  • 12" 1024x768 TFT
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 945GM
  • Intel HDA audio
  • 56K Fax/Modem
  • Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet (BCM5753M)
  • 3xUSB2.0, one giving a full ampere of power
  • Intel 3945ABG
  • Bluetooth (Broadcom)
  • TI SD/MMC Memory Card reader
  • TI Fingerprint reader
  • TPM and Smartcard reader
  • IRdA
  • VGA and Svideo for an external monitor/television
  • 4698mAh battery (4-5h)