HP Compaq nc4400
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.
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
- Fingerprint reader (AuthenTec)
- Infineon TPM and Smartcard reader
- VGA and Svideo for an external monitor/television
- 52W - 4698mAh battery (4-5h)
- Synaptics Touchpad and a pointing stick!
- One cardbus slot
- 65W adapter
- Ambient Light Sensor
00:00.0 Class 0600: Intel Corp.|Mobile Memory Controller Hub (intel-agp) 00:02.0 Class 0300: Intel Corp.|Mobile Integrated Graphics Controller (i810) 00:02.1 Class 0380: Intel Corp.|Mobile Integrated Graphics Controller (vesa) 00:1b.0 Class 0403: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub High Definition Audio (snd-hda-intel) 00:1c.0 Class 0604: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub PCI Express Port 1 (unknown) 00:1c.1 Class 0604: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub PCI Express Port 2 (unknown) 00:1d.0 Class 0c03: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub UHCI USB #1 (unknown) 00:1d.1 Class 0c03: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub UHCI USB #2 (unknown) 00:1d.2 Class 0c03: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub UHCI USB #3 (unknown) 00:1d.3 Class 0c03: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub UHCI USB #4 (unknown) 00:1d.7 Class 0c03: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub EHCI USB (unknown) 00:1e.0 Class 0604: Intel Corp.|82801 Hub Interface to PCI Bridge (hw_random) 00:1f.0 Class 0601: Intel Corp.|Mobile I/O Controller Hub LPC (i8xx_tco) 00:1f.1 Class 0101: Intel Corp.|I/O Controller Hub PATA (piix) 00:1f.2 Class 0106: Intel Corp.|Mobile I/O Controller Hub SATA cc=AHCI (ahci) 02:06.0 Class 0607: Texas Instruments|PCIxx12 CardBus Controller (yenta_socket) 02:06.2 Class 0180: Texas Instruments|5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD) (unknown) 02:06.3 Class 0805: Texas Instruments|5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD) (unknown) 02:06.4 Class 0780: Texas Instruments|5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD) (unknown) 08:00.0 Class 0200: Broadcom Corp.|NetXtreme BCM5753M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (tg3) 10:00.0 Class 0280: Intel Corporation|PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (ipw3945) ---:--- Mouse: Generic PS/2 Wheel Mouse [/dev/psaux] (msintellips/2)
What works/What doesn't
Pretty much everything needed works when you tweak. This wiki is an excellent source of infomation. :) On windows the network controller (nextreme) can be "safely removed" to save power. I think you can do the same in linux with "rmmod tg3". For the right console display size I set vga=792 (1024x768x16M@60Hz) as a kernel boot parameter. There's hardware mute and volume up/down buttons. They work but odly every time I reboot it's always back to mute. More like a feature than a bug. The fn+brighter/dimmer display buttons and the Ambient Light Sensor work software independent. In my understanding, the TPM doesn't show anywhere even tho there's a kernel module for the infineon TPM. I haven't tried to make it work and probably won't even try. I believe the Irda and modem work as expected, haven't tested. I haven't tried to use an external monitor/TV, I expect making those to work is just matter of confing.
- The HDD has falling sensors to prevent damage. Haven't looked into it yet.
- The fingerprint reader is via USB, haven't looked into that yet either.
- SD/MMC memory card reader. It's TI's so it might work.