Hewlett-Packard - HP Compaq nx8220 (EK205ET#ABD) (F.10)
...to get installed with SuSE Linux 10.1 and KDE desktop system.
Datasheet (347 kB, PDF): http://h20195.www2.hp.com/V2/pdf/4AA0-1969EEE.pdf
On my first tries, it was impossible to boot SUSE Linux from the build-in DVD/CD-ROM drive. But I read about any such problem in the German computer magazine c't. So I wasn't much surprised.
In reallity the problem was caused by the used media...
I had my SUSE only on a self-burned DualLayer DVD9 media. This media is only slowly detected by the internal DVD-ROM. This is sooo slow, that the BIOS didn't get the response within required time, and decides that there is no bootable media is present or not and skips this.
Booting from self-burned DL DVD+R is not possible according to my experience!
So I used an external device, such as an external USB CD-ROM to boot from. But external HD device, or USB stick, or pressed OpenSUSE media might also be possible.
Disable ACPI during initial installation
Afterwards you can enable ACPI via editing the GRUB configuration:
The above information is outdated, and the machine is well-known. Just install without any special boot options. It should install smoothly, especially as such a model is present SUSE labs.
I would give SUSE suggestions a try... :-) But got this information to late, so I didn't. :-(
parted is part of the graphical SUSE installer, so it should usally been able to shrink the Windows partition without any problems: if there is enough space left, :-) and it isn't one of these days. :-)
I partioned the HD this way:
|/dev/hda2||4832||9729||39343154||f||W95 Ext'd (LBA)|
|/dev/hda6||6295||6529||1887606||82||Linux swap / Solaris|
... is detected and installed by YaST automatically. No effort here. :-)
If you're unsure check the Monitor section in file /etc/X11/xorg.conf: e.g. there should be a line: Option "DPMS"
Important Notice: Some models contain an Intel graphics card instead. Do not use the following guide, if you don't have an ATI card.
To find out, if you have an ATI graphics card, do (as root in an
terminal window, such as "xterm"):
lspci -v | grep ATI.
It's save to follow, if you see a line like this:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M24 1P [Radeon Mobility X600] (prog-if 00 [VGA])
The ATI graphics card is is detected and installed by YaST
automatically, and uses the OpenSource driver radeon.
As an alternative the faster, but proprietary driver fglrx can be installed instead.
TCP/IP (Ethernet) Network should be working out-of-the-box. No additional configuration is necessary for SUSE Linux 10.1
Is working after installation and configuration of
Please keep in mind: the ndiswrapper changes your kernel dramatically. If you install it, you might no longer be abel to get (installation) support from SUSE and any bugzilla entry at Novell regarding the kernel is ignored. I had also boot problems after installation of additional drivers. But a uninstallation of ndiswrapper and fresh installation, fixed that. So be warned!
Important Notice: A model specific setup follows. Do not copy!
Please note that there is a project
which tries to develop OpenSource Linux drivers for this chipset. But
my nx8220 contains the Rev. 02 chip, which is not supported by the
project (yet), nor SuSE did include this driver into their SUSE Linux
But there is hope that it might get supported in the future.
To be done.
My model is the "entry line" model. Which means, it's to cheap to
have this device included.
Install package smartlink-softmodem, e.g. via YaST (Software Management) and continue as /usr/share/doc/packages/smartlink-softmodem/README.ALSA says... :-)
and this link might be useful too: Smartlink AC'97 Modem
Works flawless out-of-the-box, exceptions are not host-side, but the devices itself (= no driver).
Works flawless out-of-the-box. Tested with an (additional) Ethernet Card: plugged in, booted, and runs flawless (configured via DHCP) without any effort.
Again: works flawless out-of-the-box. Tested successful with an HD: plugged in and got automatically bound into the system.
Failed! as Justas suggests the patches for the sdhci
kernel module are available.
How you might get it work (not tested!):
Works flawless out-of-the-box. Exceptions only, if not supported by the application
Install packages wlineak_defaultplugin, lineak_defaultplugin, and lineak_kde, e.g. via YaST (Software Management)
I added the following lines to file /etc/lineakkb.def:
brandname = "Hewlett Packard"
modelname = "Compaq nx8220"
Information = 232
PresentationKey = 134
AudioMute = 160
AudioLowerVolume = 174
AudioRaiseVolume = 176
not working yet. Additional things need to be done
Alsa is working out-of-the-box. No effort necessary.
Install packages powersave, yast2-power-management, yast2-powertweak e.g. via YaST (Software Management)
The PowerManagement should work, if the acpi=on boot option
gets enabled (see above) and the boot option vga=0x317 is
changed to vga=0.
The PowerManagement can be configured via YaST and via KDE tools.
The machine is easy to install, I would buy it again.
But you should expect minor problems, as you're not buying the latest high end machine. Encounter problems when booting from the internal DVD drive (slowness), with the proprietary ATI driver, ndiswrapper for WLAN, SD/MMC card reader and smartlink modem. Only a small effort is necessary to get PowerManagement enabled (if any). But major functions are working flawless out-of-the-box.
There is hope that the complete hardware will be supported by OpenSource drivers in the future, e.g. by the http://bcm43xx.berlios.de/ project. This will be a great advantage then.
Here is summarized list of recommended packages to install:
Here is a suggestion from HP about installation Linux on the Notebook:
Good link about installation (Gentoo) Linux on a HP nx8220:
Have a look at the Forum there!
A HOWTO for ndiswrapper (WLAN support):
http://nextgen.no-ip.org/~andrew/linux/ndiswrapper/ndiswrapperinfo10-32bit.php for SUSE Linux.
OpenSource Project, who has for the Rev 01 of the WLAN chip a
kernel driver. Hopefully the Rev 02, which is in the machine, will
be supported soon:
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