Linux on Compaq Presario 2500 (2516 EA)


By Sylvestre Ledru
Version Francaise
Last update : Wednesday, December 24 2003
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Pentium 2.53 ghz
512 Mb RAM
40 Gb
Combo DVD/CD-R
Graphics card : ATI IGP 340M
Ethernet controller (network card) : National Semiconductor Corporation DP83815 (MacPhyter)
Sound card : M5451 PCI AC-Link
Modem AC-link (M5457)
lspci -v

NEW (08/11/2003) : I got the suspend (hibernate) mode working !!!

Files :
- .config (for the kernel compilation)
- /etc/X11/XF86Config-4

Tested with debian sarge / kernel 2.4.22

Network card :
National DP83815
Included in the Linux Kernel : 'Network device support', 'EISA, VLB, PCI and onboard controllers' then select 'National Semiconductor DP8381x series'

Graphics card :
ATI IGP 340M
At the moment, I use the standard vesa driver. It works without any problem but I am looking for a 'true ATI solution'. If someone successed, please send me an email.
There is a driver for Xfree 4.3. The main problem is that you have to recompile everything : Patch
NEW (01/05/2003), Thanks to Alberto Sagredo (albersag@terra.es), my graphic card (IGP 340) is fine recognized. It works great with my Xfree 4.3 ! Unfortunately, he can not remember where he gets the appropriate driver but you can download it here.
Then :
tar -zxvf radeon_drivers.tgz
./installer
(as root, it will copy the drivers into the right directories)
After that, just edit your /etc/x11/XF86Config-4 file and add this :
Section "Device"
   BoardName "Mobility U1"
   Driver "radeon"
   Identifier "ATI"
EndSection
And comment your old section and change the Screen Section.
Then it should work.
You may want to use drm. You can get files here : http://gatos.sourceforge.net. I did not try yet.
NEW (02/06/2003), thank to Alberto (again him). He found on hp email list a email which say that:

May 22, 2003 12:03 PM GMT [ unassigned ]

For information, I am currently testing the latest developpement
shnaphot of XFree (4.3.99.4) with a IGP 340M (ChipID 0x4337). It seems
to work well, the ATI pactch is included and supports IGP
320/330/340/350 chipsets plus their mobile versions.

The source is available at :
ftp://ftp.xfree86.org/pub/XFree86/develsnaps

NEW (24/12/2003), sent by David Delon, a solution to have xfree with the graph card native drivers with 3D. It does not work on my computer but it looks like ok for other persons.
Source : http://rzr.online.fr/docs/comp/gfxcard.htm

cd /usr/local/src/
wget -c http://kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.4/linux-2.4.22.tar.bz2
wget -c http://rzr.online.fr/docs/comp/config-2_4_22-jl15.txt
wget -c http://www.sonarnerd.net/linux/2.4.22-jl15.patch.bz2
tar fxvj *.bz2
mv linux-2.4.22 /usr/src/linux
cd /usr/src/linux
bzcat ../patches/2.4.22-jl15.patch.bz2 | patch -p1 -b | tee patch-out.txt
make # see how to build kernel

Then You need to compile X

cd /usr/local/src wget ftp://ftp.xfree86.org/pub/XFree86/develsnaps/XFree86-4.3.99.14.tar.bz2 # 41 MBytes
wget -O 723-XFree86-4.4-20031012-igp.patch \ http://bugs.xfree86.org/attachment.cgi?id=723&action=view
tar fxvj XFree86-4.3.99.14.tar.bz2
cd xc
patch -b -p1 < ../723-XFree86-4.4-20031012-igp.patch
# edit xc/programs/Xserver/hw/xfree86/os-support/shared/drm/kernel/radeon.h
# +#define __HAVE_SHARED_IRQ 0
# /* rzr orig: #define __HAVE_SHARED_IRQ 1 */
make World LINUXDIR=/usr/src/linux
cd xc/programs/Xserver/hw/xfree86/os-support/linux/drm/kernel
make -f Makefile.linux LINUXDIR=/usr/src/linux
cp radeon.o /lib/modules/2.4.22-jl15/kernel/drivers/char/drm/radeon.o
cd -
tar fcvj /usr/X11R6-bak.tar.bz2 /usr/X11R6
make install clean
reboot




Sound :
ALi M5451 PCI
This chipset uses the trident module.
Just select the module 'Trident 4DWave DX/NX, SiS 7018 or ALi 5451 PCI Audio Core' in the kernel menu and add yourself in the audio group.

Chipset :
M1533 PCI to ISA bridge
'ATA/IDE/MFM/RLL support', then 'IDE, ATA AND ATAPI Block devices' thus 'ALI M15x3 chipset Support'

PCMCIA/Mouse/Combo DVD/CD-R :
Works by default

ACPI
I made a little howto in order to install ACPI : Howto
It works without any problem on my laptop.
NEW (08/11/2003), Thanks to Jan's Linux Log, I just successed to enable the suspend computer mode !! This means that I can press the power button to stop the computer and press again to restore my session and everything !! Great stuff !!
In order to get that stuff :
You have to patch your kernel with swsup (Software Suspend For Linux) :

cd /usr/src/
wget http://heanet.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/swsusp/swsusp-2.0-rc2-whole.bz2
bunzip2 swsusp-2.0-rc2-whole.bz2
cd linux
patch -p1 < ../swsusp-2.0-rc2-whole

Unselect the SMP option (in Processor type and features), select Software Suspend and Relaxed /proc/swsusp permissions (in General Setup), select Enhanced Real Time Clock Support (in Character devices). Recompile your kernel and install it.
You have to specify also in your Linux Loader (lilo or grub) the name of the swap partition where will be stored the image :
for example, with lilo, it will be :

append="resume=/dev/hda7"

(change 7 for your configuration).
Download the suspend.sh script on the same website as the patch (This script is called suspend-script) and install it (./suspend.sh --install as root). This script will add some stuff regarding to your linux distribution (it manages at least Suse, Mandrake, Debian, Redhat, Gentoo and Slackware).
Edit the /etc/suspend.conf file and change SWSUSP_FORCE_SUSPEND_MODE="0" to SWSUSP_FORCE_SUSPEND_MODE="acpi"
If you successed to install everything, you should have your laptop suspended by executing /usr/local/sbin/hibernate.
You can make your own "shortcut" : if you press the power button, it will hibernate your computer. Edit the /etc/acpi/events/power file and add in it :

event=button[ /]power
action=sudo /usr/local/sbin/hibernate

And configure your sudo :

Host_Alias LOCALHOST=localhost,yourhost
ALL LOCALHOST=NOPASSWD: /usr/local/sbin/hibernate *

And it should work !!

USB :
ALi Corporation USB 1.1 Controller
It works fine with my Microsoft (!) usb mouse. I just add the OHCI support in the kernel (in USB support).

Firewire :
Not yet tested

Be carreful :
If you had enable the option USB OHCI and your computer freeze on boot (keyboard doesn't respond), remove the option (I don't know why it doesn't work).
NOUVEAU (30/07/2003), Davy Le Gniac says that if the Legacy USB suppport option is disable in the BIOS, it works with OHCI.

Optimisation :
With this piece of XF86Config-4 file, you can optimise your XFree :

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "type1"
Load "speedo"
Load "freetype"
Load "extmod"
Load "glx"
Load "v4l"
Load "dri"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor[0]"
ModelName "1024X768@60HZ"
Option "DPMS"
VendorName "--> VESA"
VertRefresh 40-70
HorizSync 31.5-48.5
UseModes "Modes[0]"
EndSection

Section "Device"
BoardName "Mobility U1"
Driver "radeon"
Identifier "Device[0]"
Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Modes"
Identifier "Modes[0]"
Modeline "1024x768" 62.35 1024 1056 1184 1312 768 772 776 792 -HSync -VSync
EndSection

Section "DRI"
Group "video"
Mode 0666
EndSection



Author : Arno (arno_at_bacchus.demon.nl) poste le 02/01/2004 02:39
Comment :
Found the page via Google, you saved me another 9 hours of fighting sound probs. Now I also have the correct chipset support. Nice how-to !

PS: it also works for a Pres 2100 (that's the one just working fine @ debian)!
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Author : Luke Albers (gtg940r_at_mail.gatech.edu) poste le 11/01/2004 23:57
Comment :
This page has been a great help to me, thank you for your work. Do you have X configured, or know what is necessary to make it so that I can plug in an external ps/2 mouse and have it work?

thanks
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Author : Luke Albers (gtg940r_at_mail.gatech.edu) poste le 12/01/2004 03:28
Comment :
I figured out that all I needed to do was switch off the touchpad before plugging in the mouse and it work perfectly. Thanks again!
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Author : () poste le 15/01/2004 22:58
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I love you
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Author : Greg (millerg_at_contexttech.com) poste le 23/01/2004 20:45
Comment :
I am having a problem getting RH9 to run on my Compaq Presario 2500.

It keeps stopping at ohci1394

If I use linux nofirewire It freezes on the Checking for new hardware thing...

I tried to get into single user mode but again it freezes on the ohci1934...

I have disabled the Legacy USB option in the bios to no avail... :(

Please help.

Thank you,
Greg
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Author : Devient1 (R-Daniels_at_neo.rr.com) poste le 07/06/2004 19:15
Comment :
Hey Man, I am having the same exact problem with linux on the laptop as you, Did u ever figure out how to fix it? Please e-mail me at R-Daniels@neo.rr.com

Thanks
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Author : Sameertsm (sameertsm_at_yahoo.com) poste le 23/07/2005 09:43
Comment :
While installing, enter linux nofirewire at the boot: prompt and continue with the installation. After installation, go to Single user mode and disable kudzu. Hope this will help you out :) .
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Author : Adam () poste le 21/07/2004 06:59
Comment :
Same problem! If you figure it out please post ASAP.
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Author : Dzen (dzenhax_at_yahoo.com) poste le 12/09/2004 10:19
Comment :
I had the problem with Red Hat. I tied SuSE 9.1 and I don't have the problem anymore. Don't know if that will help or not.
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Author : Ilic Darko (darko_at_cube.co.yu) poste le 13/11/2004 17:05
Comment :
I had the same problem with 2.4.24 kernel, but not with 2.6.7 !
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Author : Christian () poste le 25/01/2004 03:21
Comment :
Thanks so much. This is a wonderful resource.
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Author : Rammand (tas5426_at_wanadoo.es) poste le 26/01/2004 19:23
Comment :
What distros have worked in your computers? mine hangs on boot on both rh9 and mdk9.
Tried SuSe, but as I have to boot from a minimum-cd and download the rest of the distro, I can't configure the network card, asks for "arguments".
Thanx
Rammand
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Author : Sylvestre (sylvestre_at_ecranbleu.org) poste le 27/01/2004 22:38
Comment :
It works on my Debian without any problems ... I never tried any other distrib on my laptop

Sorry
Sylvestre
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Author : Tallken (pgoucha1985_at_yahoo.com) poste le 11/02/2004 22:39
Comment :
To whoever has his/her Linux distro hanging at startup/when detecting hardware.
Check the following page:
http://natura.di.uminho.pt/~jac/deliverables/htmls/redhat9oncompaq2500.html
Basically no Linux distro (except SuSe 9 Live which worked fine) likes Presario's 2500 firewire and hangs while detecting it.
The page shows how to disable it (the hardware detecting).

To get pass the initial boot keep pressing "i" when the option to start "Interactive Startup" or whatever appears (don't worry if you flood your screen with "i", only that way Linux understood what I wanted :P) and run all services except "kudzu". Afterwards follow the instructions in the referred page.
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Author : Dice (Dice2k81_at_yahoo.com) poste le 13/02/2004 06:19
Comment :
Sylvestr,

I appreciate the time you have taken to put these resources together. Sorry about the wish list. The college eats all the money I don't buy food with. I have just installed SuSE 9 (the 5 disk Pro version) It workes amazingly well. Being new to the whole Linux world I am still trying to figure out how to reompile in SuSE but I figure that will come with time.

I am courous to know if you are able to use duel monitors? I am also having fun get the wlan to work.
Thanks again
Dice
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Author : Daniel Thacker (dantha_at_seanet.com) poste le 03/03/2004 17:04
Comment :
I've had some limited success installing Slackware 9.1 on a new Compaq 2568CL. I did have the ohci1394 stall on start up problem. Deleting the ieee1394 module directories from /lib/modules/2.4.## directory allows it to quickly error out and continue on. That will do until I find suitable drivers. I haven't yet got sound to work, but haven't tried much. I'm currently looking for drivers for the broadcom 801.11g wireless, but find that my trusty old 801.11b PCMCIA card gets me networked for now. Any helpful hints in these areas will be appreciated. Thanks,
DT
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Author : Adam (nothing_at_nospam.com) poste le 12/04/2005 05:48
Comment :
first, download and compile ndiswrappers, then go to the compaq site, download the driver (iirc it is SP28537.exe) then extract the following 2 files:

bcmwl5a.inf
bcmwl5.sys

then follow the rest of the install instructions at the installation page on the wiki at the sourceforge site for ndiswrappers
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Author : DTM (DTM at yahoo dot com) poste le 04/03/2004 22:54
Comment :
I had luck choosing "disable legacy usb support" in the bios to fix the hang problem.
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Author : Sam Black (samwblack_at_yahoo.com) poste le 07/03/2004 22:31
Comment :
Driveloader from linuxant works with the broadcom drivers provided in windows very well, but its not free. Ndiswrapper is GPL'ed but it crashed my Slack 9.0 :-( Sound works with the trident module as above, or the snd_trident module for alsa, Regards,

Sam Black [small err in my 1st post..:-$]
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Author : Maken (spam at Maken.org) poste le 11/03/2004 13:07
Comment :
I have a presario 2568cl also Im running redhat 9 on it w/few difficulties the firewire drivers in the newer kernels work fine.the trident driver works for sound. the Linuxant.com broadcom driver works great and the latest DRI snapshots even give me full 3D acceleration!
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Author : Tallken (pgoucha1985_at_yahoo.com) poste le 24/03/2004 11:34
Comment :
To DTM:
Disabling that had no effect on hangs, it hanged as well...

To Daniel Thacker:
I haven't the expertise to delete that before my first boot...

I now use (or used, before Norton Disk Doctor corrupted my Linux partition the last time - don't ask me how but I'm sure it is its fault since I was able to corrupt Linux three times only by opening three times NDDoctor and rebooting afterwards to check Linux) Mandrake 9.2. I disable Harddrake in boot, and run the graphical version of Harddrake, which does not hang :)
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Author : dezperado () poste le 15/04/2004 22:54
Comment :
i thank you too for such a useful page!
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Author : presariosD (bluequarternity_at_yahoo.com) poste le 24/04/2004 04:27
Comment :
Have a Presario2500 and RH9.

You page was a great help.

I have an update for OCHI (firewire). Basically it froze on me the first time I boot. What you have to do before booting is pass the argument:

'nofirewire'

to the kernel. I use grub so you press "e" during the startup when you choose the kernel version to boot.

This fixes the issue and you can boot no problem. You can either append that argument for ever of turn off "kudzu" which causes additional freezes.

Notice though than once you compile a kernel with ACPI the firewire AND kudzu work just fine!

So I highly recommend to do that!

That's all hope it helped as much it help me when I first installed RH9 and browsed the net for answers!
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Author : Ramanuj (ramanuj.kumar_at_sify.com) poste le 24/07/2005 16:44
Comment :
Could you please send me the full steps, how you have figured this out. I am facing this difficulty, and I have tried suse 9.1, it works, but then I had problem with loading c compiler. Please send me the steps, how to figure this out.

Thanks
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Author : presarioD (same as above) poste le 24/04/2004 04:43
Comment :
Well on second thought let's be more specific since I have vague answers:

During boot splash screen you press "e" to edit the "grub.conf" file in /boot/grub/ and then (I think- I haven't done this for a long time) you press "c" to append command arguments to the kernel. All you have to append is:

nofirewire

Then when you boot (shouldn't have a problem to do so) you give the command as root:

chkconfig --list kudzu

which will give you the "init" levels that kudzu is "on" and "off". Level 5 corresonds to X-Windows. For starters just turn it off everywhere by issuing:

chkconfig --level 345 kudzu off

You are all set.
In case things still go wrong append to the kernel arguments additionally:

nopcmcia nousb

This should bomb your problems out. Here is an interesting link

http://www.mepis.org/book/view/1386

Have fun!
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Author : ALALAMIA (alalamia2k_at_hotmail.com) poste le 09/05/2004 01:19
Comment :
soned
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Author : stri maryama (stri_m_at_yahoo.fr) poste le 28/05/2004 11:37
Comment :
Bonjour

J'essaie dinstaller Red HAT advanced server sur un laptop compaq presario 2500.

Je n'arrive pas ą configuer l'affichage correctement.
X ne demarre pas.
Help
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Author : stri (stri_m_at_yahoo.fr) poste le 28/05/2004 11:39
Comment :
Bonjour la liste
>
>J'essaie dinstaller Red HAT advanced server sur un
laptop compaq presario 2500.

Je n'arrive pas ą configuer l'affichage correctement.
X ne demarre pas.
Help.
Le numero de serie de mon Portable est : 2528EA

Merci.
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Author : SnowGoose (stuart_at_bu11d0g.co.uk) poste le 01/06/2004 21:23
Comment :
Informative page. Just a quick note to report that SUSE 9.1 Proffessional installed onto my Presario 2500 OK. Everything appears to work fine, I have not tried the NW Card (I'm using a NetGear WLAN card). And I have not tried Firewire yet.
Peripherals that attach and work OK are a USB Keyb, HP PSC 1350 Printer/Scanner, USB M$ Rollerball mouse, P900 Cradle.

Performance wise this 9.1 distrib. flies compared to WinXP.

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Author : Reza (breakneck_84_at_yahoo.com) poste le 06/06/2004 09:27
Comment :
Hi everybody
I have recently installed Fedora Core1 on my Presario 2550ea and I had the boot halt problem
I added nofirewire and nousb (both of them toghether work fine!) and everything is OK now!
I used Linuxant for my Conexant HSF Modem.
Well I have also heard that Suse is the only distro. that works fine by defualt ;-)
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Author : (kadyco_at_kadyco.com) poste le 09/06/2004 00:30
Comment :
please send to me my labtop drivers for vga , modem &usb
my labtop
compaq ( presario 2500 )
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Author : (mahmoudomar5_at_hotmail.com) poste le 09/06/2004 00:30
Comment :
please send to me my labtop drivers for vga , modem &usb
my labtop
compaq ( presario 2500 )
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Author : vijay (traveler_at_vsnl.com) poste le 29/06/2004 12:08
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Author : diafanos (diafanos AT myrealbox DOT com) poste le 04/02/2005 16:47
Comment :
i don't suppose i could have those modem drivers too?

thanks in advance,

diafanos
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Author : d2000yoc (d2000yoc_at_yahoo.com) poste le 04/04/2005 20:14
Comment :
i also would LOVE to have those drivers too. especially for modem. i use mandrake linux 9.1 on a compaq presario 2500 laptop. i am trying for months to conect to the internet with that using linux.the internal conexant 56 aclink modem i have is invisible !! is it possible to make the driver by my own? please help d2001yoc@yahoo.com
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Author : Varuni (varuni85_at_hotmail.com) poste le 17/06/2004 21:46
Comment :
I have just loaded redhat 9 on my compaq presario 2500. I cant seem to get the wireless card to work. Has anyone managed that yet?

Thanks
Varuni
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Author : freep99 (smacked199_at_hotmail.com) poste le 15/07/2004 06:16
Comment :
chect out http://linuxant.com/driverloader/
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Author : Alfonso (adelreal_at_telefonica.net) poste le 29/06/2004 21:11
Comment :
The Mandrake 9.1 doesn“t recognize the monitor for graphical mode. It`s a laptop Caompaq Presario 2560EA with a 15" TFT XGA. Everything runs well in text mode, even connecting a external standard monitor the graf. mode goes...

Help please...
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Author : irishchick (irishchick81_at_hotmail.com) poste le 10/07/2004 12:49
Comment :
hey please help anyone i have a compaq presario 2500 and ever sence i got it the tuoch pad has not worked properly its really anoying as i like using this option but now cant. i can move the cursor around but it wont let me select something by tapping how anoying. please help if ye can ta loves. or some one give us the compaq e mail address and il give them a piece of my mind.
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Author : DevKishore (Devkishore_at_yahoo.com) poste le 14/07/2004 15:43
Comment :
hey iam planning to install Linux on my machine but iam confused wheather to install redhat fedora or suse 9.1 or mandrake 10 can any suggest me a gud one ,already i tried to install redhat 9.1 but got struck at firewire any comment about this and also wanna know wheather i get same problem while installing others ?
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Author : Madhukar (Madhukarr_at_hotmail.com) poste le 22/08/2004 14:47
Comment :
Fedora Core 1 Works just fine ,with some tweaking required for X as described on this page ,am not using firewire or wireless,so I am pretty happy with this ,all else works
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Author : LinuxLubber (jtrott_at_jpusa.org) poste le 20/07/2004 03:52
Comment :
SuSE 9.1 works out of the box (or via SuSE ftp installs) w/ no tweaking on my Compaq Presario 2545US (2500 model class). Only problem comes with the Broadcom wireless LAN card, which I overcome by using the other (wired) LAN card. Broadcom doesn't seem interested in either writing or releasing the code for this card. But everything else worked great for me.
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Author : RK (brrk_3001_at_yahoo.com) poste le 04/08/2004 18:46
Comment :
I have Suse 9.1 installed on my Presario 2563 AI, and my modem after configuration doesn't seem to work. When I tell the thing to dial up, it just hangs. Any ideas?
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Author : cathy (cathyjoiner_at_bigpond.com) poste le 18/08/2004 13:46
Comment :
amtrying to download photos from sony ericsson z600 to compaq presario 2500 how do i get my computer to register on his phone?
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Author : Madhukar (madhukarr_at_hotmail.com) poste le 22/08/2004 14:44
Comment :
Thank you for this page,I have configured X on my distro (Fedora Core 1).
Thank you

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Author : Van Capalungan (vanderleaf_at_yahoo.com) poste le 01/09/2004 11:55
Comment :
Would anybody help me please on how to troubleshoot the irregular overtyping mode of my 1-year old compaq presario 2500. From cold boot, beeping is heard from the this notebook but can be stopped by pressing the break key. As i even write this message, i have to press the "insert" key to deactivate the overtype mode. Is this a keyboard problem? Thanks.
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Author : arleen (cinephile1_at_hotmail.com) poste le 12/10/2004 17:47
Comment :
i also have the problem right now with my compaq presario 2500. it over types the letter H all the time..then stops by itself. do u knw if this is a keyboard problem? where u able to fix it?
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Author : Dzen (Dzenhax_at_yahoo.com) poste le 02/09/2004 23:54
Comment :
I have a 2500 and want to install Linux on it with the least amount of pain. I plan to use SuSE 9.1. I'm newborn to Linux and don't have anyone who lives near me to help me out so I'm on my own. I'd love any advice anyone can give me about how to best make this happen. This page will help alot. I'd love it if someone would'nt mind taking email questions when I get stuck. You can shoot me a message if your'e game.
Thanks all.

Dzen.
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Author : Babak Yazdani (babak_mcse_at_yahoo.com) poste le 19/09/2004 13:21
Comment :
Hi, I searched everywhere , but i wondered when I found this source !
it was great for me ! but the only thing is left , and i realy want you to concider on that is MODEM driver for Compaq Presario 2500 , 2531EA, anyway , Thanks a lot .
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Author : () poste le 21/09/2004 06:17
Comment :
Dude - you totally rock. I have the same laptop you have (Presario 2500) and I had to do most of the stuff myself, but I'm glad you figured so much stuff out. I've got everything going except the hibernate stuff.
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Author : Jerome (enterthewicked_at_yahoo.com) poste le 22/10/2004 12:45
Comment :
Wierd. When I bought the Presario 2500 - I did not have to reconfigure any of the things mentioned in these posts. Maybe the store I purchased the laptop from had already made the changes for me?
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Author : latcho (ms-linux_at_dildo.org) poste le 01/02/2005 06:10
Comment :
WOW, Where did you buy it?
We all have to modprobe.
And yours was just running from the moment you bought it ? WAAUW.
It must have been a MS-Linux certified shop !
Wasn't it ?
LOL
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Author : Alfonso (adelreal_at_telefonica.net) poste le 26/10/2004 12:44
Comment :
I have a laptop Compaq Presario 2560EA with a 15" TFT XGA. The graphics card is ATI IGP 340M. Does anyone know how to reach the correspondant driver for linux?.

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Author : ravishankar.m.a () poste le 31/10/2004 05:32
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Author : blah (lo0_at_hotmail.com) poste le 05/11/2004 04:35
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If your having X server (GUI display) configuration problems goto BIOS setup and under the video card options increase the memory. Save the settings and reboot. This should fix it. I had his problem in Mandrake 10.
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Author : Zipslack () poste le 18/11/2004 18:04
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For Alfonso:

If yours has the same 1400x1050 resolution my 2538CL does, a lot of distros won't make proper use of your card ( they tend to use the VESA or the 2D ATI driver in 1024x768). If you use Debian Sid, there are packages that can get 3D working on the IGP 340 chipset. However, it looks like the best method for X now is to use Xorg 6.8.1 which has working 3D for the IGP chipsets.

If you are happy with the Xfree 2D driver, feel free to use either the VESA or ATI driver. Your distro should at least default to the Vesa driver during setup. ATI does not release drivers for these IGP chipsets.
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Author : CoolGuy (carlos_at_gandalf.bz) poste le 24/11/2004 15:47
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I have tried to use linuxant software with my windows driver for WiFi without success.

It says that either the hardware is not plugged (it is internal so...) or the windows driver is not correct(it is running on windows so...).

My linuxant driverloader is last version downloaded form they website, using trial to test. My linux is Fedora Core 2 and kernel is last version for Fedora Core 2 from linuxant (16k version).

Any idea?
Could you please priviede me with your version of linuxant driverloader and/or windows driver (I'm not asking for license info just the app)
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Author : CoolGuy (carlos_at_gandalf.bz) poste le 24/11/2004 15:54
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exact kernel version is 2.6.8-1.521.stk16K
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Author : freeze (leroyhvrhll_at_aol.col) poste le 22/12/2004 02:57
Comment :
no comment but a question.Is there a game controller for a compaq presario 2500 laptop?If so please lat me know.
GOD Bless.



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Author : e56xr5 (e56xr5_at_aol) poste le 15/05/2005 05:52
Comment :
i use gravis game pad pro
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Author : Alberto Sagredo (alberto_at_sagredo.info) poste le 09/01/2005 00:37
Comment :
Sylvestre i have contacted you by email.

Years after the first messages, again resolving Xfree problems.

Like a poster commented on November (up), Xorg Xwindow system works 3d on IGP340. In debian i have tested ;) try it and comment me results (update your page if u have time, of course).

Regards from Spain
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Author : michael z (zoannoumihalis_at_hotmail.com) poste le 13/01/2005 23:26
Comment :
hello i have compaq 2560ea notebook with conexant 56k aclink modem and i cant find whats wrong when i am in linux and i cant connect to the internet. I have linux suse 9.1 and windows installed in my computer. please help me if you can because i cant find anything to fix the problem
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Author : dezperado (in italy) poste le 27/01/2005 10:48
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remember that there area lot of presario 2500 users like me who visit this useful page regularly!

:P
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Author : Neoxeekhrobe (neoxeekhrobe_at_gmail.com) poste le 01/03/2005 04:33
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Hi!

I am looking for modem driver for my presario 2500. Can anyone please guide me.

Thanks

fahad
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Author : Basile De Sucre (d2000yoc_at_yahoo.com) poste le 04/04/2005 20:23
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i have a compaq presario 2587 notebook with a conexant 56k AClink internal modem.the computer doesnt recognize the modem! it is invisible! help me please
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Author : David (no_at_spam.mu) poste le 13/04/2005 22:45
Comment :
I can't change my resolution :( it's stuck on 800x600 ! please help!
(presario 2500)
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Author : Adam (nothing_at_nospam.com) poste le 17/04/2005 00:44
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What part of your distro is stuck at the 800x600 resolution??...

If it is when you first boot up and you are using a frame buffered terminal (there is a little penguin in the upper left corner) then change your lilo.conf file to be vga = 795 and then run lilo from the terminal prompt so that lilo knows about the configuration update. this will kick your resolution up to the native 1280x1024 :)
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Author : () poste le 08/07/2005 06:42
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edit your xfree86.conf file, or your xorg.conf file
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Author : Laurie (lauriess_13_at_yahoo.com) poste le 11/05/2005 02:33
Comment :
hi. i have a compaq presario 2500, and i was wondering if the firewire port was a 4 pin or a 6 pin. i've looked all over the internet to try to find out, but i can't seem to find the answers. anybody know? thanks.
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Author : D Lanthier (dlanthier_at_gmail_dot_com) poste le 24/05/2005 23:25
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It is a 4 pin.

I am trying to get an IPod connected in my 4-pin Firewire port on Ubuntu. Looking around the /proc/bus/ I cannot find the ieee1394 device listed, while syslog and dmesg seems to acknowledge the existance of my Firewire port. Any help on how to make it work would be appreciated.
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Author : sunupa () poste le 30/05/2005 21:30
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http://www.linuxselfhelp.com/HOWTO/PalmOS-HOWTO/pc-connect.html
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Author : manish tiwari (manishtiwari1084_at_yahoo.com) poste le 04/08/2005 08:43
Comment :
i tried redhat9 , fedora core 10 , mandrak 10,turbo linux on my comp. presario 2517AT but none is installed i tried many times but same problm there "PCMCIA Card slot error" wat is thir nd how to solv this.then how i install linux ,which one nd how.

thank u
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Author : arefin (insatiable0000_at_hotmail.com) poste le 05/10/2005 09:44
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after instaling RH9 mini on compaq presserio 2500 whn i press enter from boot loader it freezes at firewire ohci1394.help me turning off kudzu(passing argument at karnel nofirewire),when i type

grub>chkconfig --list kudzu ]
it says
cannot recognise
,or plz tell me spesific steps to get rid of ths.

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Author : fezi (awanfayaz_at_yahoo.com) poste le 29/11/2005 15:42
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where from i can down load the drivers(ATI Radian IGP 345M) for P4 3.06MHz
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Author : john Abraham (chackosabu_at_gmail.com) poste le 20/12/2005 09:13
Comment :
I am looking for Modem driver of my Compaq presario 2500 (Model 2525EA) any of you can help me in that please..

Please mail me
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Author : FRuiz (ruiz2020_at_comcast.net) poste le 11/03/2006 05:59
Comment :
presario 2500 it looks like my fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff key sticks
but it only stick whenit want????help
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Author : UDAY (erudaykumar_at_gmail.com) poste le 24/10/2006 16:27
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Hi!

I am looking for modem driver for my presario 2500. Can anyone please guide me.

Thanks
Uday
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Author : T.H.A (tassiri_at_sama.org.sa) poste le 19/03/2007 13:35
Comment :
I formatted my laptop (Compaq Presario 2550EA Notebook PC) & I reinstalled my windows xp but I'm having a problem with installing the modem driver
can you please help me
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Author : miguel (miguel6890_at_yahoo.com) poste le 22/03/2007 06:15
Comment :
what do u think is the better operating system, ubuntu or windows?? and why is that its always error17 after i installed either of the two? i find hard time installing them. need your help badly.. tnx
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Author : miguel (miguel6890_at_yahoo.com) poste le 22/03/2007 06:17
Comment :
can u rate compaq presario 2500 in a scale of 1-10? tnx
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