Linux on the HP Compaq NC6000The following describes my experience configuring Linux (specifically Fedora Core 1) on the HP/Compaq NC6000.
What Doesn't Work
Enable ACPI, Disable APMIn
acpi=on apm=offSo that it looks like this:
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.22-1.2115.nptl ro root=LABEL=/ hdc=ide-scsi acpi=on apm=offThis makes /proc/acpi work. Then get and install the
> acpi -V -f Thermal 1: ok, 87.8 degrees F Thermal 2: ok, 107.6 degrees F Thermal 3: ok, 71.6 degrees F AC Adapter 1: off-lineThe one problem with this configuration is that shutting down leaves the power LED on (and the processor running, apparently -- the system stays hot). To force it off, hold the power button down for 5-6 seconds. Alternatively, you can remove AC power and pull out all batteries.
802.11 a/b/g Wireless NetworkingThe NC6000 is equipped with an Atheros AR5001X+ chip on a MiniPCI card supporting 802.11 a/b/g.
I don't yet have it enabled myself, but there are several sites that claim to be working on support for it:
I can see proc/net/wireless, and use iwconfig and iwlist. However, I have yet to successfully connect to a wireless network. I'll post here when I'm ultimately successful. [8 Jun 2004] Update: A Dave Medberry from HP sent me email saying that the madwifi drivers should work as long as the blue LED is on. I haven't tried it again yet.
Hot DockingHot Docking is placing the laptop back on its convenience base while it is on and running. This works much better than on older Compaq laptops. However, there is one problem: the keyboard plugged in to the convenience base doesn't work after hot docking.
However, there is a workaround to get the keyboard working. After hot docking, open the portable lid and press Ctrl-Alt-F2. (This takes you to a text-mode console.) Hit enter a few times on the external keyboard, and you should see the response. Now hit Alt-F7, which brings you back to the GUI console. The external keyboard now works once again.
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