HP Compaq nc2400 Notebook

1. Hardware information

Manufacturer: HP/Compaq
Model: nc2400
CPU: Intel(R) Core Duo U2500 CPU 1.20 GHz
RAM: 1 GB
Hard drive capacity: 60GB
Display: 12.1" WXGA TFT LCD

lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller (rev 01)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5788 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 03)
02:09.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 Cardbus Controller
02:09.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCIxx12 OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
02:09.4 Communication controller: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 GemCore based SmartCard controller
08:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection (rev 02)

1.1. Standard Features

Hardware Components

This system might be called a Netbook except for the integrated CD-RW/DVD drive.
Linux compatibility, the DVD drive in a small package, and no Windows Vista were key requirements in selecting this notebook.
Low cost was nice too.

2. CentOS-5

Installed CentOS 5.3 from USB SDHC 8 GB media.

2.1. Installation

First installed Ubuntu 9.04 to shrink Windows XP Pro partition (since Red Hat declines to support anything to do with NTFS) and test. Booted from CentOS 5.3 USB installation media (as a test of USB install procedure), and performed GUI install. All defaults (Remove all Linux partitions) except adding packages including KDE, k3b, development packages, and emacs; needed to use advanced GRUB options when installing from USB to write GRUB to the hard disk rather than the USB key. Subsequently performed a fresh 5.4 QA-version install which went fine except for the display blanking part way through. Install completed successfully and reboot was OK.

2.2. Post-installation notes

Video, sound, wired network, keyboard, integrated pointing device all worked out of the box.

3. Links

Bought off-lease from Tiger Direct for ~$US370

HP nc2400 page

HowTos/Laptops/HP/Compaq-nc2400 (last edited 2009-10-01 02:30:37 by PhilSchaffner)