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Linux on HP nw8240 notebook

Ronnie Doggart
Frequent Advisor

Linux on HP nw8240 notebook


I have just installed RHEL4 WS on a nw8240 notebook but cannot get the graphics driver to identify the graphics hardware correctly. I have down loaded the latest ATI drivers, but they install as a Mobility Radeon X700 Generic not a FireGL V5000 which the laptop has.

Can anyone help.

Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: Linux on HP nw8240 notebook

Shalom Ronnie,

By straying out of the Certified world, you have made things a little harder for yourself.

There are good hacks on the drivers, that sometimes work, but you are best advised to see the manufacturers website and see if they have a driver.

Don't be surprised if you have to compile it.

Steven E Protter
Owner of ISN Corporation
Ronnie Doggart
Frequent Advisor

Re: Linux on HP nw8240 notebook


Surely the HP nw8240 is certified. The reason I purchased the laptop was that HP told me it was certified with REDHAT linux. The quickspecs also states:

RedHat Enterprise Linux 4 (certified on models configured with Intel PRO/Wireless only; open source drivers)

Honored Contributor

Re: Linux on HP nw8240 notebook

You may have to manually set the resolution, screen size, colors, and refresh rate manually -- Linux is notorious for that...