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Ubuntu on HP nc6230 laptop May 28, 2008

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This is just a wrapper post for all the people googling for installing GNU/Linux on a nc6320 laptop:

Ubuntu 8.04 runs just fine on this laptop (bluetooth, card reader, 3D compiz effects, etc, etc). The install is very easy and straight forward. There are two things you need to fix: enabling the mic and pump up the wifi speed. The only thing I haven’t tried is the fingerprint reader (I find it silly).

Broadcom wifi (BCM4312) speedup to 54mbit/s on Ubuntu 8.04 on a HP nc6320 laptop [Now FIXED on Ubuntu] May 21, 2008

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EDIT May 27th 2008: FIXED how to make the changes permanent.
EDIT June 4th 2008: Don’t forget to install as well
linux-ubuntu-modules (in this case linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.22-14-generic) when upgrading your kernel.
EDIT Oct 16th 2008: The restricted driver included in Ubuntu has been FIXED and the card works out of the box when enabling it through System-Administration-Hardware Drivers. Thanks, Ubuntu!

It’s probably a regression: on this laptop the broadcom wifi worked fine on the previous Ubuntu releases (although limited to 24mbit/s) and now I see the speed is stuck to an unacceptable 1mbit/s. I guess that’s the price you pay for hardware from companies that are not open source friendly. (more…)

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