Compaq Evo N410c

9 Apr 05 I switched to ?UbuntuLinux about the time 4.10 was released, but tonight I finally spent the time to track down how to get wireless working. This documents the process:

That page didn't exist when I started using Ubuntu. If I ever meet the author, I'll buy him a beer. (Assuming he's of legal drinking age.)

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The following is old -- maybe even out of date. has a lot of helpful hints.

TBD: see what applies from

11Nov03 I mucked around with various permutations, including trying to build a custom kernel. I settled on running Sid. Woody is just too outdated to use as a base, IMO. I installed just fine from a boot CD and downloaded packages using the built-in LAN interface.

Wireless. You need at least the 2.4.20 kernel (says Dayne) to get the W200 wireless card working. I followed the instructions at I got it working, but as I write this the package appears to be broken. That's too bad, because at Hacking Society I even got my box configured to be a gateway for a box that didn't have wireless. I plugged them together with a crossover cable and routed for it. But that's not Evo-specific, so specifics are left as an exercise for the reader. (Actually, I simply don't remember how I did it beyond using iptables and masquerading. :-)

I wrote a note to the orinoco-usb-devel list. I'm keeping an eye on the ?SourceForge orinoco-users list, too.

User I/O. My USB mouse with scroll wheel works. Khalid says to use hotkeys to control the built-in keyboard buttons. Use xev to see what they do. I haven't tried this yet.

Desktop. I tried KDE. I liked it, but I got myself into a state where it wasn't working. I wanted to try Evolution anyway. (LESSON: don't mix KDE and GNOME apps -- use kmail with KDE and Evolution with GNOME.) So I'm happily using GNOME unstable now.

Sound. I had to figure out which sound systems to add. For KDE it's aRts and for GNOME it's esound. Now I'm happily listening to my !?MP3s with XMMS.

CD-RW. I'm using the HITACHI_?DK23DA-30. The secret is to use SCSI emulation. I followed instructions in /usr/share/doc/cdrecord/README.ATAPI.setup. also talks about using the HITACHI_?DK23DA. Use cdrecord (maybe obvious to you, but I had to learn about it by asking around).

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