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HP-Compaq Presario CQ60-200


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the HP-Compaq Presario CQ60-200 laptop.

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For full specifications see the HP-Compaq Presario CQ60-200 specifications page.

NameHP-Compaq Presario CQ60-200
ProcessorIntel Pentium® Dual-Core Mobile Processor T4200
• 2.0 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache, 800 MHz FSB
Intel® Celeron® Dual-Core Processor T1600
• 1.66 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache, 667 MHz FSB
Intel® Celeron® Dual-Core Processor T1700
• 1.83 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache, 667 MHz FSB
Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T6400
• 2.0 GHz, 2 MB L2 Cache, 800 MHz FSB
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160GB to 320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GE
Network10/100 Ethernet
802.11b/g WLAN

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorksNeeds the proprietary NVIDIA drivers for proper display support
Card ReaderNot Tested


Tested with Ubuntu 10.10.


The HP-Compaq Presario CQ60-200 works very well with Linux, no real issues to report.


muhammed rashik am, 2011/02/25 08:43

dear sir ,
i am using compaq pesario CQ60,ccould i use wireless mouse on it?

pls reply with if its possible which mouse i have to purchase.

Eric, 2010/09/23 18:34

Worked fabulously with Fedora 13. No issues to report.

Mackenzie Benson, 2009/12/14 05:08

I installed Ubuntu v9.04 and v9.10 without any issues except for the display driver. I have tried to use the restricted drivers to install the correct Nvidia drivers but every time in both versions of Ubuntu with all available driver my screen gets split into 6 identical sections. They are all mirror images of each other. I have haven't figured out a solution yet. Everything else seems to work properly out of the box. I would like to figure out this video issue so that I can go back to using Ubuntu full time.

Edward Lipchus, 2009/12/12 17:10

Part II.
The video problem with the Compaq was easy to solve. Ubuntu, by default ONLY installs open source software, so it installs Ubuntu's video driver. The Compaq has an NVidea video card. This driver doesn't deal with NVidea well. Just click on System > Drivers > Video and it asks you if you want to install the NVidea proprietary driver for improved video performance. Click yes and the video problem is solved. Video now works properly - Hulu, YouTube, DVDs, everything.

I'm still not certain what the cause is with causing the router to freeze when using it wirelessly. This computer is used by my youngest child (19) and they are using it at their residence wirelessly with no problems.

I also installed Compiz Fusion for a desktop. It installed and runs with no problems. lol, now they are the envy of every Windows user in the building!

My personal computer is an HP Pavilion dv9000, AMD Turion 2GHz TL-60 Mobile cpu, 3GB ram, 160GB hard drive, running Vista Home Premium. I installed Ubuntu 9 making it a dual boot system. Installation was seamless. Ubuntu created a dual boot point at system startup, Ubuntu works fine after I switched video drivers. Vista is blissfully unaware of the presence of Ubuntu. I don't know about wireless because this computer always plugs in. mtc on that. I have not installed Compiz Fusion.

Icy, 2009/09/11 01:17

Thanks for that intel Bill, is there a preferred option to fix the boot problems?

also how do I activate the Atheros WiFi?



Bill Giannikos, 2009/09/11 04:11

Sorry, don't know. Turning acpi off and its side effects is a general Linux tip, I haven't used this laptop specifically.

Icy, 2009/09/10 05:04

I have a brand new Compaq CQ60 with Vista and have partitioned the HD to install Lenny (Debian 5.0).

Problems encountered on fresh install:
1. Video not able to pick up correct driver.
2. Amazing boot errors and a very long boot process

1. Edited /etc/X11/xorg.conf with vi and litterally added one line to point to the “intel” driver.

Section “Device”

Identifier	"Configured Video Device"
      Driver		"intel"
Option		"UseFBDev"		"true"


2. Edited /boot/grub/menu.lst and changed my preferred boot default and most importantly added the “acpi=off” command to the kernel line ~ see below;

kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.26-1-686 root=/dev/sda4 ro quiet acpi=off

Both problems solved!!!

Bill Giannikos, 2009/09/10 05:37

Turning ACPI off is not an ideal solution. You will lose the ability to use both cores on your processor as well and not being able to manage the power state of your machine (such as battery level).

Edward Lipchus, 2009/07/27 04:34

I installed Ubuntu Linux 9.0.4. The install went fairly smoothly. Problems I've run into:
1) It didn't come with a driver for the display screen. As a result, the screen refreshes completely for any change, so scrolling and video is a hassle.
2) It registered my wireless network and works well with it EXCEPT when my son is connected we get a duplicate IP address and the router freezes. Running on the network via cat5 cable is perfect.
3) It recognized and uses a corded USB mouse fine. It doesn't recognize a Targus USB wireless mouse.

More to come.

Steven Morrey, 2009/04/02 21:47

Everything works out of the box with latest Kubuntu 8.10, with the exception of wifi which may need ndiswrapper.

J. Alonso, 2009/06/16 23:09

I am using Slackware 12.2 and everything worked out-of-the box. However, the GUI did not seem right so I downloaded Nvidia GeForce 8200M G from the Nvidia site. Installation was straight forward and corrected the GUI issue.

Mike Freeman, 2009/07/05 21:45

I don't know about Kubuntu (I'm using Debian Lenny on a CQ60-215DX), but I couldn't get wireless to work at first. The built-in Atheros module (ath5k) saw that the wifi device was there, but couldn't scan for networks. I really didn't want to mess with ndiswrapper or madwifi if I didn't have to, so on a whim I got the linux kernel 2.6.30 from repository, and suddenly wireless works pretty well, except for the light staying orange instead of turning blue when activated. I could live with that, though. It does prevent me from using the nice pre-compiled kernel modules for video, which is nice when upgrading, but oh well.

Problems I am having:
1. I can't turn off the trackpad mouse control, and I keep hitting it when I type, causing all sorts of funky problems.
2. Splashy starts to load, then crashes. Not a big problem, I just don't like watching scrolling text. That's my own issue.
3. Problems suspending. It seems to be working somewhat, but it takes forever to put itself into low-power mode, and when woken up, it doesn't get back to the desktop.

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