HP nc6120

James Gray james at grayonline.id.au
Sat Jan 28 23:14:58 UTC 2006

On Sun, 29 Jan 2006 05:59, Rainer Gutkas wrote:
> Hello all!
> As I think abaout a while to do a shift in my hardware, because I now
> own my beloved Powerbook for 6 years and it gets for me a bit slow and
> I'm still not happy with my notebook not supporting flash and sun's java
> sdk.
> I thought I ask if its true that Ubuntu fully supports the HP nc6120 as
> I read in the Ubuntu-User-Manual from Marcus Fischer.

I have an nc6230 which is a little different: Centrion 1.86GHz thing, Ati 
X300 graphics (with dedicated 64MB VRAM), built-in bluetooth, IR, USB2, 
Intel Pro Wireless2200BG.

Despite documentation out of Europe saying everything works out of the box 
with Ubuntu (Hoary), I've had some minor problems:

1. Suspend (to disk & ram), or sleep modes results in the graphics card
   getting all screwed up.  The system will resume, but with a blank screen. 
   This is a problem with the Ati card, and known by HP and Ati.  Tried both
   the binary and xorg driver - no joy.  Works fine in Windows, so it's a
   driver issue that will eventually get fixed (I hope!).

2. Bluetooth - haven't got it working.  I can load the kernel modules and
   start the daemons, but it wont see anything - specifically my Motorola
   V600.  Could be a problem between the keyboard and chair - ie, it smells
   like a pure configuration problem, the hardware is supported.

3. Modem - never got it to work.  It's one of these evil Winmodems and the
   latest drivers wont compile against a standard Ubuntu kernel.  So unless
   I roll-my-own vanilla kernel, the modem will stay dormant.

4. IR port - not tested, so no idea if it works or not.

Other than those 3 minor problems (can't vouch for IR, so don't consider 
that a problem).  *Everything* else works!
- I've got the TV (S-Video) out working, the external VGA in clone and
  "xinerama" modes working (with the Ati binary driver - fglrx)

- 3D acceleration makes for good frame-rates in Q3 and other 3D games.

- Sound worked out of the box (although I had to wait for Breezy until it
  would detect that headphones were plugged in and mute the speakers...
  little did I know I was subjecting everyone on the train to a Q3
  frag-fest :P)

- CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive works.

- All USB2 ports work at USB2 speed.

- Wifi worked out of the box, although the Breezy kernel update included the
  newer driver which makes WPA possible and supports the FBL (funky blue
  LED) :)

- Volume up/down and mute buttons work (after adding a few
  "xmodmap -e 'keycode ??? = FOO'" type statements to ~/.xinitrc

The nc6230 are "reasonably" cheap too - but I don't know what your budget 
is.  My boss skimped a bit and ordered the 1024x768 screen but you can 
source it with higher resolutions.


A lot of the stuff I do is so minimal, and it's designed to be minimal.
The smallness of it is what's attractive.  It's weird, 'cause it's so
intellectually lame.  It's hard to see me doing that for the rest of
my life.  But at the same time, it's what I do best.
- Chris Elliot, writer and performer on "Late Night with David Letterman"
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