Debian GNU/Linux on HP-Compaq nc6000 laptops
is a 5-lb, 1"-thick Centrino notebook from HP. It's intended primarily
for business users. This page will tell you how to get the nc6000
hardware working under Debian GNU/Linux.
- Graphics (ATI RV350 Mobility Radeon 9600 M10, PCI 1002:4e50).
Works fine with XFree86 22.214.171.124 using the radeon driver. XV support works
fine. The kernel AGP works OK, but the open-source drivers don't support
3-D acceleration yet. The binary drivers probably do, but I have not
Identifier "Generic Video Card"
The Radeon framebuffer console (CONFIG_FB_RADEON) works fine. Use
vga=791 on your kernel command line to get 1024x768 @ 16bpp.
- Network (Broadcom BCM5705M_2 Gigabit Ethernet, PCI 14e4:165e).
Works fine with the tg3 driver.
- Sound (Intel ICH4 AC'97, PCI 8086:24c5). Works fine with ALSA
intel8x0 driver. The "mute" LED comes on if you turn off the "External
Amplifier" in any ALSA mixer, which also mutes the built-in speakers. If
you want to use headphones, make sure "External Amplifier" is muted and
- Touchpad (Synaptics PS/2). The normal X mouse driver works with no extra tweaking, but if
you want taps, drags, and scrolling, you'll need the Synaptics XFree86
driver. If you're running Debian, just install the
xfree86-driver-synaptics package and configure your XF86Config-4
according to the instructions in
/usr/share/doc/xfree86-driver-synaptics/README.Debian. I tweaked
the configuration to disable horizontal and vertical scrolling and to
decrease pointer sensitivity:
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "LeftEdge" "1900"
Option "RightEdge" "5600"
Option "TopEdge" "1800"
Option "BottomEdge" "4300"
Option "FingerLow" "25"
Option "FingerHigh" "30"
Option "MaxTapTime" "180"
Option "MaxTapMove" "220"
Option "VertScrollDelta" "100000"
Option "HorizScrollDelta" "100000"
Option "MinSpeed" "0.01"
Option "MaxSpeed" "0.10"
Option "AccelFactor" "0.0007"
- USB (Intel UHCI and EHCI, PCI 8086:24c2, 8086:24c4, 8086:24c7, and
8086:24cd). Works out of the box.
- Wireless (Atheros AR5212 802.11abg, PCI 168c:0013). Works using
madwifi (CVS version,
You might want to set ath_pci up to load at boot time. Add
ath_pci to the /etc/modules file, and add ath0 to
your /etc/network/interfaces file:
auto lo eth0 ath0
iface ath0 inet dhcp
pre-up /sbin/iwconfig ath0 essid <name-of-network>
If you use several different networks and your wireless card supports
ESSID scanning (the Atheros does), you can use my essid-pick script to choose from a
iface ath0 inet dhcp
pre-up /usr/sbin/essid-pick ath0 <network1> <network2> ...
- PCMCIA/CardBus (Ricoh, PCI 1217:7223). The Yenta CardBus driver
recognizes it. I haven't tried plugging in any actual cards.
- IDE/ATAPI (Intel, PCI 8086:24ca). To enable DMA, use the Intel PIIX
- ACPI. ACPI works well enough to display battery status, detect
special buttons (the power button and lid switch) and shut down cleanly.
Suspend works using Software
Suspend 126.96.36.199. Sleep (S3) fails miserably.
- Pentium-M SpeedStep. Works fine with the cpufreq driver. I'm using
the "ondemand" scaling governor in the kernel to control the
speed and gnome-cpufreq-applet
to display the current speed.
- Mute, volume, and sleep keys, which come through as scancodes 160,
174, 176, and 223. Map them with xmodmap, and configure your
window manager so that they run interesting shell scripts.
xmodmap -e keycode 223 = F20
xmodmap -e keycode 160 = F15
xmodmap -e keycode 174 = F16
xmodmap -e keycode 176 = F17
- The lock and presentation buttons. They generate the keyboard
extended scancodes e00a and e008, which the kernel doesn't recognize. Use
setkeycodes to map them to valid scancodes, use xmodmap
to map those scancodes to X11 keys, and then configure your window manager
to do something with those keys.
sudo setkeycodes e00a 89 e008 90
xmodmap -e keycode 123 = F18
xmodmap -e keycode 128 = F19
The wireless button doesn't seem to generate any key codes, but it does
somehow disable the wireless hardware. Hit it again to re-enable the
wireless, but you may have to ifdown/ifup to get it operational again.
- ACPI sleep. It seems to sleep OK, but it never wakes back up.
- SD/MMC card reader (Micro OZ711Mx MultiMediaBay, PCI 1217:7110).
Inserting an MMC card has no visible effect in dmesg or cardctl.
- The wireless LED. I have no idea how to light it.
- DVD/CDRW (model DW-224E-A).
- Modem (Intel AC'97, PCI 8086:24c6).
- Bluetooth support.
- IrDA support.