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Installing Linux on a Compaq V4325 Laptop



Hardware Components
Status under Linux
Notes
1.7 Ghz Pentium M 735A Works works out of box
15.4" WXGA (1280x800) Display Works works out of box
Intel Media Accellerator 900 Gfx Works works out of box
1 GB Ram Works works out of box
80 GB Hard Disk Works works out of box
DVD Drive Works basics work: See Note 1 below
Ethernet Connector Works Works out of box
Internal 56k Modem Untested no plans to test
6 in 1 media slot untested do not own any appropriate media to test
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200 802.11BG WLAN works see note 2 below
Battery Works even cpu frequency scaling works!
Sound Works
Firewire Untested


To Install Ubuntu: Insert ubuntu liveCD in CDRom, boot from CD, install linux. I chose to delete winxp from the drive and re-format the entire thing for linux. Once the install was completed, everything worked, with a few notes:

Note 1
- because I never booted windows, the region code for the DVD drive did not get set. You must set it using the regionset utility. You can install the regionset utility by running the synaptic package manager and installing it. Documentation can be found online (google 'regionset'). Also for various reasons, support for playback of encrypted DVDs is not included out of the box. See the Ubuntu documentation for comments. If you want all of this to work, the easiest way is to first run easyubuntu (http://easyubuntu.freecontrib.org) to install all the codecs (and a bunch of other useful stuff), then run synaptic and install totem-xine, gxine, libxine-extracodecs, and mplayer (you may have to add additional channels under software prefernces to pick up everything)

Note 2
- the wireless card works out of the box if you are using no encryption or WEP encryption on your wireless router. To use WPA encryption, go to the ubuntu wiki WifiDocs page and follow the WPAHowto instructions. There is no gui to set up WPA settings, you must edit /etc/network/interfaces by hand and add the following three lines to the eth1 section: wpa-ssid wpa-key-mgmt WPA-PSK wpa-psk to get the wireless to come up, I have to type the following after booting: sudo ifdown eth1 sudo ifup eth1 I'm not sure how to get it to establish a WPA connection at login time (or better yet when I push the wireless networking button on the keyboard). Also note the little blue led/button for turning on/off wireless doesn't work under linux. The button may actually turn off the wireless I dont know, but the led does not ever turn on.




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