Last updated: 30 December 2006
##General Hardware Specifications of Compaq nx6320:
Status under Linux
|Intel Core Duo, 2GHz||Works||No special procedure required during installation.|
|1024×768 15″ TFT Display||Works||Select Generic LCD Display in Installer|
|Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950||Works||Used Standard Xorg drivers|
|2GB, DDR2||Works||No special procedure required during installation|
|100 GB SATA Hard Drive||Works||Requires recent kernel, eg 2.6.18 for driver|
|10/100/1000 Integrated Network Card||Works||Installer found the Tigon driver for it fine|
|24X Max Variable CD-ROM Drive||Works||No special procedure required during installation|
|Internal Intel Wireless Networking||Works||Need to download specific driver, see below.|
|59 WHr Lithium-Ion Battery||Works||No special procedure required during installation|
|Intel 82801G Sound Card||Works||Used ALSA driver snd_hda_intel|
This laptop is operating under Kernel version 2.6.18
##Basic Installation of Debian:
I used Debian Etch RC3 as I wanted to test the installer and also get Linux on a small partition of this laptop. It is only used for network testing and as a remote Xserver, so it doesn’t have much installed.
The sarge installer won’t work, the kernel is too old and it will not find your SATA drives.
##Setting up additional features for Debian
The wireless port was the trickiest part. You need to install some packages to get it going. Make sure you have contrib and non-free in your apt archives as these drivers are not in main.
Then install ipw3945d, firmware-ipw3945 and the module. The exact name of the module depends on what kernel you have installed. I have kernel from the package linux-image-2.6.18-4-686 so the module package is ipw3945-modules-2.6.18-4-686.
Nothing else needed to be done, no other module packages are required. It started off kinda weird but a depmod -a and reboot later I had solid link and, once I go my wireless key on, connected fine.
None really, except I have not tried out the bluetooth, modem or smartcard reader. With the exception of the modem all are found.
* [Linux on Laptops](http://www.linux-on-laptops/)
* [Intel 3945ABG Driver](http://ipw3945.sourceforge.net/)
* [Installing Linux on nx6320](http://www.linlap.com/wiki/Hewlett-Packard+nx6320)