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Hewlett-Packard nw8240


This is a guide to running Linux with the Hewlett-Packard nw8240 laptop, model EJ876PA.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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NameHewlett-Packard nw8240
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 770 2.13Ghz
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Graphics128MB ATI Mobility FireGL V5000
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 2915 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
Graphics 3DNot GreatOld Linux distribution like Ubuntu 08.04, yes. New ones not. Current Open Source Driver has some 3D capabilities.
Suspend to ramNot greatOld Linux distribution like Ubuntu 08.04, yes. New ones have graphical artifacts upon wakeup.
SoundYesUse snd-intel8x0 module
EthernetYesUse tg3 module
WirelessYesUse ipw2200 module
BluetoothNot tested
56K ModemYesUse slmodem module
FirewireNot tested
Card ReaderYesWorks with kernel 3.13
PCMCIANot tested


On old Linux distributions such as Ubuntu 08.04, this notebook supports both the open source radeon module and the proprietary ATI module. The proprietary module would gives you the best 3D performance and suspend to ram works fine (it takes 10s usually to wakeup, but it is acceptable).

However, new Linux distributions such as Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 have issues. The proprietary module does not work anymore and you are forced to use the open source driver. Suspend to ram works, but when waking up, the graphics show color artifacts which makes the laptop not very enjoyable to use (still usable).


With old Linux distribution, it was a good laptop. With new ones, you loose graphical and suspend to ram capabilities.


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