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New Laptop

Finally broke down and bought a fairly inexpensive laptop tonight. I purchased the Compaq Presario C304NR. Celeron M 420, 512MB DDR2 PC4200, 80GB SATA Drive, 15.4″ widescreen with brightview, i950 video (YAY no crappy binary blobs here), and much more. Notice I left out the WiFi part, it is a Broadcom 4311 which only works with NDISWrapper and not with bcm43xx-fwcutter. Ya, I know binary crap, but I need wireless and this lappy doesn’t come with pcmcia slots.

I successfully got everything running just fine. Installed Kubuntu 6.10 (Edgy), fixed the resolution issue by installing 915resolution from the universe repositories, and fixed the WiFi issue with NDISWrapper and this tutorial. More information on the laptop and how well it runs Kubuntu can be found on the Laptop Testing Teams wiki page.
Feisty also had the same issues as Edgy, but that is somewhat expected at this early in the game. I am hoping more functionality comes to the laptop with the Broadcom drivers and a couple of the function keys.

Final grade for the Compaq Presario C304NR running Kubuntu 6.10 Linux, A-. A- because I had to use binary rubbish to get it working 100%.

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  • NiKo

    hey, you and my girl have the same laptop. Run smoothly with Beryl ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lure

    Richard, since several laptop keays do not work for you yet, I would like you to fill in the data on so that I can make them work for Feisty.
    I am also wondering why Play/Pause and Stop to not work for you in Feisty – they work fine for me for Amarok control. Anyway, we can discuss this over IRC.

  • sick o’ the whineage

    oh noes. binary crap. sigh. Preach all you want. You don’t have binary crap video drivers, but guess what….you’ve got a CRAP video card. So have a great time with that wonderful intel rubbish and you non blobby drivers.

    –these comments are what annoy me the most in the open source community BEYOND belief.

  • blah blah blah. if you don’t like it, bypass it. don’t know why these intel video cards are crap, as it works great for me. I don’t game and I don’t use the compiz/beryl crap either, however they supposedly run great on intel cards.

    free speech is a bitch i guess!

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