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Installing Fedora Core 3 on HP Pavilion ze4430US

Last updated: 2005-05-01

General Hardware Specifications of HP Pavillion ze4430US:

Hardware Components

Status under Linux


Mobile AMD Athlon XP-M Processor 2200+ (1.8 GHz) with PowerNow! Technology


Use up2date and install the latest kernel. (2.6.11-1.14_FC3 As of this writing.)

15.0-inch XGA TFT (1024 x 768) display


Select Generic LCD 1024x68 Display in Setup after in install on first boot.

ATI MOBILITY RADEON (M6) 4X AGP and 3D architecture


No special procedure required during installation. (At this point in time there does not seem to be a Linux driver for ATI Mobility chipsets. This means no Unreal Tournament 2004.)



No special procedure required during installation

40 GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive


I let FC3 remove all partitions and re-partition how it saw fit via the automatic option.

No Floppy Drive


My model does not have a floppy drive.

Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)


FC3 detected and installed the driver at install. (Note: This is how you can update the kernel before compiling Ndis Wrapper.)

Conexant 56K ACLink Internal Modem

Installed but untested.

Installed using script from

See details below.



No special procedure required during installation

Broadcom 54g MaxPerformance 802.11g


Installed with Ndis Wrapper and XP drivers. (Upgrade kernel to 2.6.11-1.14_FC3 before compiling Ndis Wrapper) External wireless on/off button does not work.

See details below.

8-Cell Lithium-Ion (4.4 Ahr)


No special procedure required during installation

16-bit Sound Blaster Pro-compatible audio; internal Altec Lansing speakers; Volume control buttons and mute button


On install when prompted, press the button to test for the sound card. After the sound plays, confirm you heard the sound and you're done.

This laptop is operating under Kernel version 2.6.11-1.14_FC3

Basic Installation of Fedora core 3:

Setting up additional features for Fedora Core 3

Unresolved issues

Configuration Files

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